Vibrant and Fun
Smart shopping is a must. RMSer drmerwoman finds vivid pink draperies at Target to complete her apple green and fuchsia color scheme.
Visit antique shops to find unique buys. RMSer lolaboutique designs a chic girl's room with vintage furnishings. An antique iron bed is topped with cozy white bedding and toile pillows, while aged frames spell out the little girl's name in varying fonts.
Find new uses for existing furnishings. RMSer seasideinteriors fills the room with family hand-me-downs and then gets creative with other pieces: she turns a trunk on its side for a nightstand and hangs a bamboo window treatment to act as a headboard.
Cozy and Colorful
Save money by getting out your staple gun or taking your furnishings to a local upholsterer. For her little girl's turquoise and pink room, RMSer isabellaandmaxrooms recovers a headboard found on eBay and a chair bought at an auction in robin's egg blue fabric.
Instead of repainting the entire room, paint one focal wall. RMSer Jen416 paints horizontal stripes to add interest to the wall behind the bed, as well as visually expand the room.
Mix the old with the new. RMSer chunkymonkey adds an old-fashioned touch with vintage paper doll artwork and a repainted sewing machine table. To complete the look, she sews plaid pillows, window treatments and even uses the leftover fabric to make the lampshades.
Create a room that grows with your child. RMSer TheSouthardFamily uses a crib that transforms into a toddler bed. Plus, all the bed linens, which were sewn by her mother, work for the crib and bed.
Nurseries are the perfect place for a little fantasy. Inspired by the book How I Became a Pirate, RMSer Wendyleia paints a pirate-themed mural on the walls and ceiling of her son's nursery.
Pretty and Practical
Take a stroll through Ikea. RMSer mblanchette finds affordable style at the Scandinavian chain with her purchase of a white desk and birch shelves. To create the wall mural, she also picks up a branch-inspired sticker.
Put your artistic talents to work. RMSer michdoug1 paints a baseball player on Masonite to hang above her son's bed.