Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Room for Improvement: New Nursery
It's a Kodak moment for many parents. The day you bring your baby home from the hospital is a day you'll remember forever. But in tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado shows us how to make sure the nursery is picture perfect.
WSVN -- Just when they thought the pitter-patter of little feet was coming to an end, here comes baby number three. On today's Room for Improvement, we are making room for baby and helping a homeowner turn an unused space in her home into a nursery.
Martin: "Room for Improvement. Hi, Joyce. Good Morning. So what would you like the design direction to be?"
Joyce: "I would like it to be a nice, cozy place to put our new baby and have it blend in with the rest of the bedroom."
So, we are creating a whimsical safari scene for the nursery place. Of course, we are taking the cue for the colors from the bedding and acessories.
As you can tell, none of these colors is in the room right now which means we have to paint. But it's going to be well worth it at the end to create a beautiful space.
Let's tackle the painting first. In some areas of the room we will be using a reverse painting technique which means we are going to be leaving the existing color as a background. But that will come later.
First up is the mint green that compliments the bedding.
Before I finish painting this wall, if you noticed, I masked off a square leaving the existing color.
Once I remove the tape, it's going to leave a beautiful square which will act as a painted matte.
The painting is done. You can see where we left the existing color that creates a nice contrast. So lets move on to decorating.
Instead of crowding the room up with more furniture, I'm turning this niche into a changing station for Joyce's baby, making the opening much more purposable in the room.
When looking for coordinating nursery decor, look no further than your bedding set. Take the matching quilt use a compliment of rings, hang it on the wall and it becomes instant art.
The final touch is a small area rug, which acts as the glue that pulls the entire design together, and we're done.
This morning we had the baby furniture we needed, but the decor was needed to complete the nursery space. Taking inspiration from the sarfari bedding Joyce picked out, we brought the theme to life for under $500.
Joyce: "Oh, my God. It's beautiful. I'm going to cry. I can't wait to bring you home, little guy. Maybe this won't be the last."
So, if you want to make your money stretch when decorating a nursery space, go ahead and turn the bedding as inspiration. Turn a quilt into wall art, choose your paint colors, and, trust me, you can't go wrong. I'll see you next week.
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