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More Nursery Ideas: Pink vs. Blue

My brain is stuffed full of nursery ideas and I came up with two versions of the same design that I want to share with you. It sparked a little debate between me and my husband about what “makes” a little girl’s room. He likes the pink and navy nursery design that I shared with you yesterday, but was less-enthused about and all-blue version that I came up with (and now deeply love) because it lacks pink. “It’s a girl’s room, right?” is what he IM’d me.

Gender-specific children’s rooms need not be based on stereotypical colors. Most of us know by now that girl’s rooms don’t have to be pink (or, I daresay, even include it), boy’s rooms don’t need to be blue, and there are many other options for gender-neutral rooms besides green and yellow. That’s what makes design fun and challenging. There’s nothing terribly “gender-specific” about my son’s nursery at a basic level: the walls are yellow, the furniture is white, and there are no trucks, trains, or airplanes in sight (not yet, anyway!). However, I do think you get a sense that a boy lives there when you walk in the room based on the fabric choices and more masculine lines and shapes.

I love blue. Most of my wardrobe is blue. Our master bedroom and half-bath are blue. Sure, I have a few pink tops and accessories (even a pink pair of sandals), but given the choice between the two colors, I will pick blue nearly every time (although I write this while wearing a raspberry-hued shirt). The fact is that for at least the next decade my life will be bombarded with pink in the form of my daughters clothes and toys, so do I need a heavily pink room on top of it all – and at the top of my stairs? My vote is no. Soon enough she’ll have her own opinions and will likely request a pink room, but in the meantime I want what I want. And I’m pretty sold on blue right now.

Left Fabric: Kumari Garden Teja in Blue
Right Fabric: Kumari Garden Tanaya in Blue
Bottom Fabric: Kumari Garden Sacha in Blue
Ceiling Light: Ikea ARSTID (only $30!)
Paint: Benjamin Moore Swept Away
Rug: Land of Nod Gray Chevron Rug
Crib (already own): Graco “Lauren” Crib
Chair (already own): Boston Interiors “Cooper” Swivel Rocker
Alphabet Cards: Free printable from The Handmade Home
Elephant Art: Brick House Studio

Despite what Mr. JC says, I actually think that this is a very girly room. The bold global print is dotted with flowers and will be roman shades (two in the room), the stripes (or possibly this print) will be a ruffled crib skirt, and I think I’ll frame the butterfly fabric. I used the alphabet cards for my friend’s baby shower and the art is quite feminine. Little touches of pink will come through in other art that will hung on the walls.

For comparison’s sake, I whipped up the same design using the pink versions from the Kumari Garden collection.

This pink colorway attracted me first, and while I really like it I just find the blue palette more appealing (plus, it works better with our existing chair). We went to Captiva, FL for a few days last week and the mix of blue, turquoise and gray reminds me of the gorgeous waters of the Gulf Coast. I’m trying to track down these fabrics locally so I can see them in person, and I have a feeling that we’ll go blue for our little lass’s room.


  1. I like both but like you I’m partial to blue as well. I think you can do blue for a girls room, and just add a few pink accents. I mean why not right?

  2. You know me, I wear blue all the time, actually have blue on right now. That being said I would just make sure that the wall color and things like curtains are very versatile in color beacuse if you get a stubborn independent girl like me who at two is already demanding pink for her room you may have to change it sooner than you’d expect :) Or if you pick pink she could want blue at two! :)

  3. I agree with you that this room will look way more girly than the mood board shows. The fabric choices are beautiful and will really give the room a feminine feel! This room is mostly for you for the first couple years anyway, go with what you love!! (Sorry, Mr. JC) :)

  4. I think blue could totally work in a little lady’s nursery!

  5. I love blue for a girls room too! I don’t know the gender of our baby yet, but I purchased a navy and cream chevron rug from Rugs USA. It’s 100% wool and has about a 1″ pile. I am impressed with it. Their coupons are great too. I think our 6 x 9 rug was around $160 with free shipping. Just thought I would mention it and perhaps save you some cash.


  1. […] little hands, I knew I had to have them. My baby girl’s gonna have a blue room based on the scheme I shared last week, with a few tweaks and […]

  2. […] I started with something I loved – the roman shade fabric – and worked from there. By creating a mood board I was able to see how it would look in advance before spending any money. The design only changed a […]

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