My absolute all-time favourite color is blue. My favourite trendy color is blush pink but I always go back to the many shades of blue. Blue is such a versatile color and it is the signature color in several rooms in my home. Blue is a cool and trendy color for nurseries and bedrooms, and not just for boys.
Navy blue is a rich timeless color that can set the tone for a gorgeous baby room. I have often mentioned that I am guilty of designing more prints for girls than boys and I’ve done it again. I decided to do a navy blue collection for my latest launch and they all ended up with floral designs. So… does that make them girly? Perhaps. Which got me thinking…. when did the gender norms of blue for boys and pink for girls start?
Apparently it wasn’t until the early 20th century that gender identifications with pink and blue started. Before this, pink and blue didn't hold any gender specific connotations. Funny enough, when gender specification by color first appeared, it was a generally accepted rule that pink is for boys and blue for girls (referencing appeared in the June of 1918 edition of the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department). Then, for whatever reason, things stated to change around 1940 and clothing companies started suggesting that blue was for boys and pink was for girls.
I believe cultural norms have shaped colour preferences. Kids become accustomed from birth to spending time wearing or even surrounded by, those colours and this makes it hard to know whether any preferences expressed later on are hard-wired.
Interesting isn’t it? Now that you’ve had a short lesson in gender color identifications … back to the main topic at hand 🙂
Navy blue pairs well with so many colors. Some of my favourites are light gray, pink, orange, coral, yellow, and mint. One of my most popular prints in the last five years is this navy, coral and gold one, found here .
With this new collection, I focused on navy and gold wall prints.
The first set of three wall prints contains two woodland animals and an inspirational quote in the middle, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). The solid blue background has a watercolour effect and I added floral elements and animals for a more feminine touch. This meddle print is also sold as a single print.
The other set in this collection has geometric gold shapes with floral frames and quotes in gold. Sold in a set of 2, 3 and 4 wall prints.
As always, if you are looking for a special quote or changes to the print, contact me and I will try and accommodate.
Watch for more designs coming out soon!