I knew I wanted the space to be relatively neutral 1) in case we use it for future non-girl babies and 2) because I have realized with this pregnancy that I am not super into girly girl things for my baby. I am not super into girly girl things for myself either, but wasn't sure if I would get pregnant and suddenly turn into a pile of mush at the site of bows and ruffles and lace and anything pink. And while I do think pink absolutely has a place for a little girl (there are several pink items in the nursery!), I've been much more drawn to grays and blues (and grays that end up being blues) and whites. So I started with some neutral walls (Benjamin Moore) that I thought would be gray gray (the name has gray in it, it looked gray in the sample we put up) but ended up being blue gray or gray blue really. It's a little closer to baby boy blue than intended but after adding in the rest of the furniture and decor I think it works great for a little girl :)
From there I picked out curtain fabric. This was the hardest part because there were so many gorgeous, vibrant prints that I kept being drawn to, but which upon consideration I realized weren't really what I wanted for a calm, soothing nursery. So I went with a neutral, quilted white with blackout lining and my awesome mom sewed them for me. And then came the really, really fun part, the decorating.