Inspiration: Jude’s Big(ger) Kid Room

For the past few months I’ve been keen to redo Jude’s room.  Ever since he graduated from the crib into his big kid bed, I’ve felt like the room was disjointed.  Actually, I think I’ve felt that way ever since we moved from our old house.  At our old house, I felt the room was well-coordinated and designed.  I had carefully thought out the nursery.  It’s sad to think that it’s been 3 years since we’ve moved into this house and I’m just now getting around to painting.

Actually, that’s not true.  Jude’s room is in two parts; the main bedroom part, and then the added-on play room that I painted a few years back.  It’s just the part where his bed is that has suffered.

Blue is the dominant color, but accented with red and yellow and, of course, white.  As I started gathering my inspiration, I waffled between what to do.  Paint it all one color? Paint it the same color as the playroom? Paint it white? Ughhh. What to do?!  Then I started noticing a theme – I was super happy every time I pinned a stripe photo (of course).  Why am I fighting it, I thought.  Just go ahead and stripe it!

This is the color scheme I’m going for.

My goal for his room is the following:

  • playful
  • whimsical
  • soothing
  • interesting
  • not too babyish (will have to be balanced by grown-up pieces)

I’m planning on “grounding” the room with a large navy greek key rug that I’ve had in the bonus room for awhile.  I think it will be the perfect foil to balance the whimsy of the stripes with a good dose of serious navy.  Plus it’ll cover up the semi yucky carpet.  And I’m also trying to decide if I want to go ahead and put the queen size bed from the guest room into Jude’s room or if I should just keep the daybed.  I guess it’s more that I don’t love the daybed itself in the room. I’d prefer it to be an actual bed, you know?

I’ll also be painting the campaign side tables I bought at an estate sale last year; they’re pretty beat up and now’s the time to do it!  Woo hoo — projects!

I can’t wait to show you the progress.  Right now we’re about halfway done – it’s quite the time consuming project, but I can already tell it’s going to be worth it.  Jude walked in yesterday and squealed, “MOM! I lOVE it!”

That’s what I was going for, honey bunch.

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