As some of you know, I am busy giving Nila's room a makeover - an official big girl room.
As some of you may also know, I really detest pink. Like really. The occasional dusty blush is acceptable, but I just can't handle candyfloss hues or heaven forbid - cerise pink , or more that they get plastered across any girl toy, garment and other gender stereotyping product. The fact that this 1940's marketing gimmick still persists is beyond me, but I digress. Nila's room.
(You can read more about the history of baby colours here if you really want >> Baby Colours)
So I have wanted to break away from the black & white look a bit and soften her room, incorporating a feature colour or perhaps coloursssss. Hello storm blue you beautiful beast!!
So there I was dreaming of navy, duck eggs and dusty grey blues for my faery's new room look.
But little miss muffet had different plans here, and given that we are in the throws of the ......... fours, I needed to up my designer marketing game.
These are some reasons I presented to her:
3. The sky, the sea, her eyes
Ya so that shit didn't fly.
So it got me really thinking hard, how does one do blue for girls, against all adversity, keep it feminine and most importantly approved by the resident 3ft3 dictator.
Incorporating florals, offsetting with blush/ soft pinks (yes I will just have to go there) and metallics, keeping the decor soft, floaty and exceptionally feminine and mixing girl specific references into the decor be it flamingos, swans, butterflies etc.
So what are complimentary tones, and acceptable pinks to mix with blue hues??
It may come as no suprise with my minimalist persuasion too, that I am also a big BIG fan of restraint. Nothing better with an accent colour than throwing one key piece of bright into a sea of white and letting it shine.
One feature wall, a rug, a chair, a dresser, a pendant light, a cot or even just an artwork all work exquisitely to give that pop!!
So if blue really is just too boyish for you. Blue also has a few rather fancy and equally delicious cousins...
Before Nila was born I was on a teal and grey phase, (see her nursery moodboards here >> Stormy Teal)
so I pinned a lot of teal and duck egg references. These also are a refreshing departure from traditional 'girl colours' and look spectacular in modern kids rooms.
So in the end, I had to have a big cup of pink (or blush) is here to stay, and here is my ultimate bringing in the blues for girls pallette: