Right now I'm thinking about the walls, which I'm planning to paint butter yellow above the (nonexistent white) chair rail, and some sort of green below. And Lowes carries a line of zero-VOC paint (Olympic), so I can actually do it myself.
For what to put on the walls, I like the idea of abstract art because it isn't anything. (Okay, art snobs, I realize true abstract art is representative of something, but to most of us it looks like nondescript shapes of color. What I meant is abstract art is not Disney characters or lambs & bunnies.) I looked at some paintings on Etsy, many of which are too small for the space or cost more than I want to spend. Then Cheryl encouraged me to paint something myself. I'm all about outsourcing these days, but this is something fun and special that I can do for our child.
I'm still in love with The Paisley Handbag Fabric at left, especially since I found a stripe with the same colors (above) for the valance and crib skirt, so I'm going to try and paint the paisley on canvas. I got craft paint at Michaels to remove the hurdle of custom color mixing, and also found prestretched hidden-staple canvases on sale. Then I can do a cluster of four small paintings on the opposite wall, each with a different pattern (like the circles at right, maybe a stripe or plaid, etc).
My painting style tends to be rather tight (one of the few areas of my life where I am a perfectionist), and I want these to look painterly and imperfect, so I'm wondering if I pull that off without an instructor telling me when I'm overworking it. Add this to my growing list of projects.