As an interior designer, I love details and specifics. When a client has asked me what the best way to decorate a room is, I don’t have an answer for them—just more questions. How big is the room? How is it used? What color is it? Whose room is it, and what do they like?
So, when a client comes to me and asks something like: “What are the best art and decor items for my little girl’s room? It’s blue, she’s 7, and she likes otters and elephants.” When this happens, I’m ecstatic. Now that I know the details, I’m absolutely overflowing with ideas. Sometimes, defining what you’re looking for is the most important step toward finding what you need. Oh, and if you actually have a blue girls room you’re looking to decorate, don’t worry—I have lots of great ideas!
If you’re decorating a blue girls room—whether it’s a nursery for a little one on the way, a big-girl room for your growing toddler, or a room for a school-age girl who has outgrown her pink princess decor—the shade of blue will set the tone of the room.
If you’re still choosing which shade of blue to paint your little girl’s room, here are a few options I tend to choose between:
The great thing about blue is that, regardless of the shade, there are tons of options when it comes to choosing art and decor. As your little girl grows, you can simply change out a few pieces here and there to reflect different or new interests without having to completely repaint.
No matter the blue used in your little girl’s room, a few pieces of unique, interesting artwork can add a lot of character to the space. Depending on the size of the room, you may do best with a few large pieces of artwork to take up wall space, a gallery wall with art in an array of sizes, or a collection of small pieces if you’re working with a tighter space.
As far as choosing artwork goes, consider the colors and the subject. Artwork with cool colors will blend with the blue walls. Yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds will stand out in sharp contrast. If your daughter’s room is trimmed with a different color, matching it with the artwork will help create a patterned effect.
It’s also, of course, important to ensure your little girl likes the theme and decor you’re choosing. Shopping online for art and decor pieces for her room makes it easy for her to be an active participant in the design process. If she’s a little young or distracted to sit through a shopping session, ask some big-picture questions to get at what she likes and use that to inform your buying decisions.
Specifically, here are a few of my favorite art pieces for a blue girls room:
|In a blue-grey or light blue room, I love the way this Happy Little Blue Bear by Sue Downing pops off the walls. Considering showcasing a few prints from this Happy Play collection in a gallery wall by adding the Happy Play Monkey Bars canvas print and the Happy Play Roundabout wall clock.|
|The red and coral colors in Emily Dove’s Silly Sharks canvas print creates a wonderful contrast against any shade of blue. Other prints by the same artist, like Life in the Coral Reef and Smiling Sea Turtle, can add even more of these coordinating colors.|
|This sweet otter print by Christopher Lyles can work in either a dark or light blue-painted room. Against a lighter blue backdrop, the otter, fish, and plants burst from the wall. For a more contrasting effect, consider painting the wall a color similar to the dark blue of the plant. Try pairing it with a coordinating piece by the same artist, Sea Otters at Play.|
The same principles that guide your choice of artwork for your little girl’s room can help in your selection of other decor items and furnishings. Clocks, lamps, blankets, and pillows are all great ways to add a little extra color and cohesion to your daughter’s room.
While clocks can contribute a lot of personality to a room, they’re also there for a reason: so your daughter knows what time it is. To do that, she has to be able to read the face. To make it easier for her, find a clock with a bright contrasting color that will stand out against the blue walls. One of my favorites clocks for this purpose is this cute hedgehog clock.
Lamp shades can either stand out against the blue walls or blend right in. Still, coordinating the colors on your lamp shade with trimmings or other artwork will give the room a cohesive feel. Lamp shades also make great places for illustrations of subjects your daughter likes. Since it’s one of the last things she’ll see as she goes to bed, it ought to be a friend, like this curious, kite-flying elephant.
Nelly the Elly collection by Shirley Copperwhite
Blankets work wonderfully as colorful counterpoints to your walls. Since blankets take up so much space on a horizontal plane, opposite the vertical walls, they naturally make sense in contrasting colors. In a blue room, yellow, orange, pink, or red blankets work perfectly. Shirley Copperwhite’s Nelly the Elly Sherpa blanket and throw pillow would be a great choice, with different shades of blue, bright contrasting colors, and a lovable character adorning the design.
When designing a kid’s room, once you know what you’re looking for, decorating can be fun and easy! Especially in a blue girls room, your decor options are truly endless. Try to keep a consistent color scheme across the artwork and furniture you choose by using blue and coordinating hues. Whether it’s an airy, light blue room or a bold blue with pops of bright colors, remember to include your daughter in the design decisions if you can. She’ll know what she likes best. And, by decorating in the room in everything she loves, you will create a special and unique blue girls room together.
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