You didn't think we could just leave the walls plain blue, did you?
One thing I love about decorating a kid's room is that pretty much anything goes. For this room I knew I wanted a light, airy blue...and a slightly darker tone on top...but what next? Donnie suggested using a hand-carved block-print in an all-over pattern. Very cool. And then there is the very popular vinyl option. Not only are they really easy to find and order on etsy, but they are usually color-customizable. And when I was searching for vinyl appliques, I came upon this option: the all-over wall stencil. Amazing possibilities with that one.
But when it came down to it--as I was standing in the aisle at Hobby Lobby trying to decide--I just really wanted to freehand the thing. And if there is anywhere you can freehand a bunch of flowers on the wall without worrying about what people will think--it's in the kids' room. Maybe I'll try the stencil in the hallway or my own bedroom some day.
So there you have it. This happens to also be the most cost-effective option. About $2.50 all told. Craft paint is super cheap. It may not hold up until the little ones are off to college, but I fully expect to have another design idea for the room in a couple years anyway.
Details: The broad strokes were made with a basic foam paint brush in the color "Hawaii" (Anita's # 11187). I wanted to outline everything in a grey paint pen. I've used them before, and the process is very simple and quick. But apparently, paint pens only come in silver, not grey. And that was not working for me. So I was forced to freehand the outline, too, This is not such a simple or quickly-accomplished task. I used a small round-bristled paint brush with "Charcoal" paint (Anita's # 11086), and tried not to worry too much that it was not coming out perfectly.
I'm pleased with the overall look. And even though it's a little messier up close than I would like, it's a reminder to me that sometimes when our lives seem messy and confusing, the path we're on will one day become much more defined when we take a few steps back. Or maybe that's reading too much into a craft project!