The Psychology of the Color Green

We’re just into 2017, and it already feels like things are starting anew. Plus, the experts over at Pantone recently released their color of the year—greenery. The color green has always been my favorite, and it’s for good reason. Green has a calming and relaxing effect and can make you feel closer to nature. Biologically speaking, we are hardwired to respond positively to the color green because it means there is health and vitality in the earth and plants around us. Culturally, we are attracted to green because it implies growth, wealth and well-being—just think about how good you feel after drinking a green smoothie! It makes perfect sense that it’s a great choice for a nursery. Here are a few tips to bring your design to life with the color green in the nursery.

Mid Century Modern Green Nursery by Little Crown InteriorsModern Green & White Nursery

Green has so many variations that it can be difficult to narrow it down to the perfect shade. Try going with a hue that makes you feel relaxed and calm. Then you can use different shades of that same hue throughout the space.

Braided Green Nursery Rug | Little Crown Interiors for Project NurseryLeahy’s Neutral Woodland Nursery

To emphasize serenity, use greens that have a slightly more blueish hue. For a more energetic feel, go with greens with a more yellowish hue or incorporate more pattern.

Mint Green Nursery with Animal Wall Art by Little Crown InteriorsGender Neutral Nursery

Patterned Green Nursery Wallpaper | Little Crown Interiors for Project NurseryDaniel’s Lime Green & Blue Nursery

If you don’t like green or want to design your nursery in another color scheme, just add in a few plants. Real greenery goes with any color and decor. How would you incorporate the color green in the nursery?

[The above is a piece I wrote for Project Nursery]

The 80’s Are Back!

[The following is a piece I wrote for Project Nursery]

One of the biggest trends in nursery design over the past few years has been spaces inspired by elements of the 1960s and 1970s. We’ve seen everything from brass accents and Southwestern influences, to modern bohemian and hippie chic. Just recently though, the tides have changed and there’s a new decade that’s starting to come back in style. Design trends are always cyclical, so it’s no surprise that it’s the 1980s turn, and this is sure to be a fun one! Here are a few ways to embrace the trend and create an 80s inspired nursery design.

Nursery Decor from The Land of Nod | Little Crown Interiors BlogWheels Up Poster Decal and Snow Cone Crib Bedding from The Land of Nod

Bright and Pastel Colors. This was not a shy decade. Bright colors were everywhere, and subtlety went out the window. Using fun, bright colors is an easy way to add a little energy to your space. Primaries, pastels and neons are all fair game.

Crib Bedding from The Land of Nod | Little Crown Interiors BlogRainbow Charm Crib Bedding from The Land of Nod

Neon. Neon signs have slowly been creeping into recent design trends. We’ve seen neon colors for a while, so an actual neon sign just takes the trend one step further. There are so many options available that adding something bright and retro to your nursery space is easier than ever.

Love Neon Sign from Oliver GalLove Neon Sign from Oliver Gal

Pop Art. Andy Warhol style art was very popular in the 1980s, and now it’s back. This style of art is so great for kids’ spaces because it’s so highly customizable. You can send in a photo of your child and have it made into a fun and colorful art piece in the classic Warhol style.

1980s Inspired Kid's Room by Little Crown InteriorsKid’s Room with Pop Art by Little Crown Interiors

Sweets. In this era of gluten free, sugar free and dairy free everything, it might be hard to swallow the straightforward sweet tooth of the 80s. But whether it’s ice cream, candy or donuts, these treats are a common theme.

Ice Cream Mobile from Ban.doIce Cream Mobile from Ban.do

Iconic Shapes. Bring in some classic shapes, like rainbows, hearts or even basic geometric shapes. The style was bright colors without a lot of interference. Simple shapes and solid colors, maximum impact.

Wheels Up Poster Decal from The Land of NodWheels Up Poster Decal from The Land of Nod

Is the 80s inspired nursery design trend just a fad, or do you think it will stick around?

How to Create a Monochromatic Nursery

[The following is a piece I wrote for Project Nursery]

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a client who wanted a nursery e-design in all white. Yes, all white. Aside from the obvious issue of stains in an all white space, creating a nursery in any single color (or lack of color) can be a challenge. Here are some guidelines for creating a monochromatic nursery.

Not every variation of the color will be the same. If you look closely at the all white nursery below, you’ll see that there are actually quite a few slight variations of white. It’s impossible to find decor that is all exactly the same shade, and having a little variation helps bring a touch of contrast and interest.

Traditional Neutral Nursery - Project Nursery
Baby Jack’s Neutral Nursery

Consider using more than one color. Tiffani Thiessen’s nursery is mostly blue, but it also has white accents to create contrast. The space maintains a monochromatic look but doesn’t rely on blue alone. This is a great idea if your main color is dark or bold. Pairing it with white or another light neutral can help brighten up the space.

Blue and White Nursery - Project Nursery
Tiffani Thiessen’s Nursery

Mix neutrals. If you want a monochromatic nursery but can’t narrow it down to one specific shade, you can mix various neutrals together to achieve a monochromatic feel. The nursery below has whites, ivories and grays all used together. And again, none of them have to match perfectly.

Neutral Nursery Design - Project NurseryMaggie’s Neutral Nursery

Don’t forget about the “stuff.” A lot of first-time parents design the nursery without realizing that it will be packed full of books, toys and other items in lots of different colors that often don’t match the room. If you want a truly monochromatic space, you’ll want to include closed storage to hide anything that’s brightly colored. Or you can choose to incorporate these items into the design, like in the space below. The nursery itself is very monochromatic in whites and grays, but the books and items on the shelves add color and warmth to the space.

Neutral Nursery with Pops of Color - Project NurseryNeutral Nursery

Would you ever consider a monochromatic nursery?

Naomi Alon of Little Crown Interiors

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