When I found out I was pregnant with Baby #1, I had his room painted RED within 3 days (way before I knew it was a HIM), If you do decide to go with such a bold & dark color, remember that it takes a LOT of coats - I did FIVE coats, and it probably still could have used one more!
BEFORE- with red paint finished
I wanted to have stripes on one wall that POPPED, and a trim up top. So I put the hubby to work cuttin some boards for me!!!
The boards are 2 inch wide by 1/4 inch thick. Paint em the color of your choice, and nail em to the wall!!! (we used a nail gun & penny-inch nails)
It was easiest to put up the border around the entire top of the room, then put the stripes on the wall.
Cut the bottom of your board-stripes at a 35 (or sharper) degree angle, to avoid painful encounters with your wall.
Add decor/furniture/accents!!! Simple letter cut outs accented with Scrap paper/hinges/buttons/ and Ribbon