Guest Picks: 20 Ideas for a Music Lover's Nursery

When my sister-in-law and her husband announced their pregnancy, I couldn’t wait to help them look a nursery. They both love music and going to concerts, so I used a ideabook to discuss plenty of ideas for creating a rock-n-roll motivated room to get their son. My new nephew only entered the world and arrived home to a nursery filled with modern and colorful musical vision. If you want to add rhythm to your child’s room, here are 20 ideas to get you started. — Laura from JourneyChic


Colorful Music Notes Vinyl Art Stickers By decals murals – $34.99

You might have high hopes your baby will one day be able to carry a tune, but if they grow to have more interest in dinosaurs compared to D sharps, these vinyl decals will easily come off your walls.


Natural Wood Baby Rattle Teether, Organic by Smiling Tree Toys – $14

Wooden rattles are ecofriendly and also a cute way to present the electric guitar into even the tiniest musician.

Rosenberry Rooms

Picture Brown Rug – $344

The inspirational sentiment from a classic Beatles tune is right below your feet on this exceptional area rug. What a wonderful word for your kids to see as they slip on their shoes for your day.

Rosenberry Rooms

Clef Rug – $44

If you are more likely, the modern twist on musical notes on this neutral rug may set the tone to the space in a subtle way.

The Land of Nod

Full Circle Crib Bedding – $24

Not only do I love the colors in this realm of Nod collection, but the circles remind me of old LPs. My sister-in-law transformed the crib bumpers into valances, adding “documents” into the windows.


Guitar, Drum and Vinyl Record Baby Paper Mobile From Whimsical Accents – $60

I love crafts, but this instrumental mobile is outside my skill set and patience degree. Fortunately this Etsy vendor does a beautiful job and will even personalize the colors — my sister-in-law purchased one for her son’s room.


Origami Crane Mobile Children Decor From SpareBedroomStudio – $23.20

You’ll be pregnant for two months, so make one paper crane from sheet music each four weeks and you’ll have a mesmerizing mobile for your baby. Or, just take the easy path and let an origami artist do it to you.


Ten Vintage Sheet Music Paper Butterflies for Wall Decor By Hip & Clavicle – $22

I adore the delicate wings of these paper butterflies crafted from sheet music. I’d put a whole lot above baby’s crib.


Rock and Roll Rockstar Closet Clothing Dividers From potatopatch

Closet dividers are convenient to keep all those talented outfits organized by size and age. These will add stone star flair into the nursery’s cupboard.


Musical White and Black Letters By Brooklyn Hilts – $6

It’s super simple to decoupage a wooden monogram (I’ve directions on my blog). Use sheet music instead of scrapbook paper to create a musical monogram.


Retro Vintage Art Print Cassette Tape And LP By urban tickle – $38

Yeah, I remember cassette tapes and documents (there’s a Debbie Gibson LP somewhere in my parents’ home) and so adore these brightly colored prints in rich hues ideal for a boy’s room.


Framed 1944 Nursery Rhyme With Music by BRozypalcrafts – $20

This would be so simple to DIY. Look for a vintage songbook to use and paint a cheap frame for a custom look to match the nursery’s colors.


Alphabet Poster Musical Instrument ABC’s By Tin Whistle Press – $40

Your wee one will learn all of the letters from the alphabet as well as all of the tools in the orchestra with this fantastic print.


Baby Girl Subway Art Wood Sign, Isn’t She Lovely By Wall Bling – $65

Stevie Wonder’s iconic tune is set to print on this meaningful wall art. What a terrific way to let your kid know how she is, while also sharing a gorgeous song.


Retro Owl With Drums Print By Lee ArtHaus – $15

My sister-in-law fell so in love with this gifted little owl she purchased the whole series. Who can resist those big round eyes?


Children’s Art Print, Someday I’ll be a Rock Star From Pumpkin & Butterfly – $18

Maybe she’ll be a rock star with a guitar, or perhaps a rock star with a microscope. In any event, this print allows your kiddo know that large things are possible.


B Is To Boombox Print By Finny And Zook – $12

This alphabet art reminds me of ’80s movies showing dudes in neon pants strutting down a Southern California boardwalk. They have got the boombox’s volume cranked up so everyone can hear the sound of that synthesizer.


Flute Playing Cat Print By Jango Arts – $12.50

Hey diddle, diddle the cat and the flute? I adore this cute little feline and her dancing mice — such a pretty addition to get a feminine nursery.


Modern Guitars Nursery Wall Art From metrobabycards – $10

Don’t you just adore the modern color scheme within this guitar print? I love the combination of pink and tangerine.


Beatles Collections Print By Lily Gene – $20

My sister-in-law discovered this cute shape of The Beatles, that is available in many distinct colors. Her husband had been psyched to have his favorite group represented in the nursery!

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4 Hip Hues for 2013 and How to Use Them in Home

Color forecasters have released their choices for the new year. Pantone went with Emerald, but it’s also touting Tender Shoots (a bright leafy green), Grayed Jade (a soft tonal green), Dusk Blue (a sea blue) and Monaco Blue (a deep, darker blue). Benjamin Moore has put softer, more neutral hues on the table, such as the watery colours Tranquility, Van Courtland Blue and Stratton Blue. Sherwin-Williams is promoting a mixture of deep tonal hues, including Pool House and Mountain Stream, and some very vibrant colours, like Eye Catching, Electric Lime and Calypso.

From the mood to try something new? Consider some ways to integrate these and similar colours into your house this season.

Jennifer Ott Design

Here is a sampling of cool colours forecast to be big in 2013:

1. A vibrant greenish yellow, Eye Catching, from Sherwin-Williams
2. The springtime-fresh Tender Shoots, from Pantone
3. A watery greenish blue, Stratton Blue, from Benjamin Moore
4. A royal imperial woman, Frank Blue, from Sherwin-Williams

Amy Lau Design

1. Greenish Yellow

This can be an intense hue on your own walls, but if you use different shades of it using white or some other light neutral thrown, the effect is tempered.

Texas Construction Company

Look at putting this unexpected color on your floor. If you elect for a vibrant floor color, try to keep all else in the room neutral.


Ceilings and wall markets are also good places for injecting colour.

Rich Mathers Construction, Inc..

If the greenish yellows featured thus far are too intense for you, try a softer shade of it, such as the colour of this gorgeous backsplash tile.

Jennifer Ott Design

Suggested Greenish Yellow Paint Picks

I like the contrast of those colours against a cool, dark walnut hardwood flooring.

From left to right: Citron, from Behr; New Willow, from Valspar; Citrus Spice, from Pittsburgh Paints and Sunswept, from Mythic Paint.

2. Spring Green

This shade will help get you through winter’s darkest and dreariest days. These joyful green tiles add just the right splash of colour to an otherwise minimalist white and light gray toilet.

HMH Architecture + Interiors

A softer leafy green tile adorns the wall in this lovely bathroom.

Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc..

Don’t be afraid to mix various shades of green. They look fantastic paired with basic white.

Spring-green walls offer you a terrific background to the coral-pink-accented textiles within this pretty bedroom.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Another wise use of colour on the ceiling. This green is softer and therefore works as a neutral.

Jennifer Ott Design

Suggested Spring Green Paint Picks

Nothing says “spring” like fresh green sunglasses. These will look fantastic against a medium- to dark-toned wood or bamboo floor.

From left to right: Burst of Lime, from Kelly-Moore; Chesapeake, from Pratt & Lambert; Electric Lime, from Sherwin-Williams and Spring Green, from Glidden.

Polhemus Savery DaSilva

3. Watery Blue-Green

Give your bathroom a spa-like makeover by pairing this tropical colour with white.

Remick Associates Architects + Master Builders

The combination of turquoise, pale gray and white are soft and calming in another tranquil, spa-like toilet.


A small dash of bold aqua creates a fun retro vibe. If you lean toward bold, intense colours and have adequate painting abilities, you can change this swath out if another colour captures your fancy.

Digs Design Company

Fun color need not be limited to modern and contemporary spaces. Different tropical blues and greens provide this more traditional room a fresh and updated look.

Enclosures Architects

Be creative when it comes to injecting colour into your home. A lot of people overlook the stringer or risers or other parts of a stairs, but it’s a great spot for a dab of your favorite bold color. You’ll catch glimpses of this often but are not likely to get overwhelmed by the colour, as you don’t spend extended amounts of time in that specific space.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

For those who favor softer, more pastel-like colours, light blue-greens are a tasteful choice and work well with light wood tones, such as within this soothing bedroom.

Jennifer Ott Design

Suggested Watery Blue-Green Paint Picks

Blue-greens are popular for some time today. Whether you prefer your shades bluer, greener, darker or lighter, you can’t fail with this colour family for 2013. I like how they work against a background of dark gray concrete or tile.

From left to right: Calypso, from Sherwin Williams; Waterfall, from Benjamin Moore; Aged Jade, from Kelly-Moore and Simply Seafoam, from Valspar.

Ethos Interiors

4. True Blue

I would argue that this pure blue never actually goes out of fashion. And, like with a pair of classic denim jeans, then you may successfully pair it together with any other colour. But I am seeing this colour used more and more in unexpected ways in and on homes — for example, as an accent colour with this exterior wall.

Treoma Design

Here is another gorgeous blue-clad stairway. If you go with a massive swath of colour, try dividing it up using one lighter and one darker shade of this, as shown in this example.

Polhemus Savery DaSilva

I really like how blue is used suddenly within this space — about the window and door rails and stiles — and also the way that it’s picked up someplace in the room through the furniture.

S&K Interiors

This blue couch is eye-catching on its own, but it also functions as a wonderful contrast to the gorgeous brick wall outside.

The Wiseman Group Interior Design, Inc

Another surprising use of blue, this time an intense royal blue. What a cool space for entertaining a bunch in a hot climate.

Jennifer Ott Design

Suggested True Blue Paint Picks

You can go with a pristine blue or twist down it with shades that have more white or gray. I like pairing true blues with light gray concrete or tile.

From left to right: Castle Moat, from Behr; Pitch Blue, from Farrow & Ball; Ship’s Harbor, from Pittsburgh Paints and Lazy Sunday, from Benjamin Moore.

Kropat Interior Design

Pulling It All Together

This children’s room integrates lots of 2013’s hip hues nicely. This is a superb way to work with bold colour– the hues are on the cool end of the colour spectrum, so that they play well together, and if you get tired of this look down the road, you can do it over using a new coat of paint and new bed linens.

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