For months now, we've been promising our 10-year-old that she would be getting a major bedroom makeover. But, it turns out, re-doing a tween's room is not as easy at it would seem! Just finding inspiration for the room itself was a challenge - all the girls rooms being overly, well, girly.
Slowly but surely, my step-daughter and I put together our own ideas for the room based on a few spaces that we liked elements of. For those of you parents in that in-between age, you'll recognize how this room reflects exactly where she's at in life. On the verge of entering those early teenage years, but still playful and sweet with plenty of childhood left in her.
She needed so much to get to where it's at now - a new bed, a dresser, and some additional thoughtful storage. Mostly, it was time to toss the furniture she had had in there since she was four (!!) and create a space that felt 100% her and way more functional. But the biggest change was the PAINT!
This room came with plenty of challenges (it's small, it's awkwardly shaped, the windows and doors take up so much space...) but one complaint that my step-daughter had most was that it was DARK.
When she was young, my husband had painted the room with an all-over mural in blue. It was perfect for her but it wasn't doing the room any favors when it came to brightening it up. So she and I both agreed that while we still wanted color, the walls needed to be way lighter. Here's the before/after of this corner for some perspective!
So, off I went to our local Ace store for a ton of Clark + Kensington paint samples. I grabbed about a dozen samples for the walls in super pale blues and aquas, and then some additional ones for the mural. Apparently I should just have her pick out paint from now on because she was incredibly decisive! Here's what we ended up with:
Main wall color: Salty Seas (a super light aqua)
The idea for the mural came from another room she had liked that had a similar pattern to our polka dots, but they were all cats! I suggested doing dots and the inserting some fun icons that represented things she loves. So far, we've got storm clouds (such a Seattle girl), drums (she's a little rock star), a rainbow, a star, a cat and a paint palette. We realized we probably should put a mountain in there somewhere as she loves being outdoors and rock climbing!
Doing these smaller elements was super affordable since we could use the sample cans for the brighter colors. We have plenty leftover for more projects! The rest of the room took only a gallon paint to cover everything. Gotta love that paint and primer in one!
The rest of the room she really let me pull together, so I picked the furniture for the bed, dresser, and nightstand.
We already had the tiny desk (it's a console that I painted green long ago!), and the shelving for books, but they were in different spots in the room previously. I liked the idea of them paired together to create a little 'office' area in her room. She really wanted this space to be functional for her so she could sit and do tiny projects. She's already been using it a ton more!
I also took down the old crappy shades and replaced with them with some ready-made blackout roman shades. It helped to clean things up in the space and kept it unfussy.
One of my favorite elements in this room is the canopy over the bed. It's just a simple piece from Target, but we actually used it to help choose the accent colors for the room! The tassels were perfect. While I'm one hundred percent certain that this room will get a lot more rock 'n roll as she gets older, for now this art by Jennifer Ament is just enough to add a touch of attitude.
This area between the door and the closet was always a little weird with her old layout. So, I decided to make it a calm moment in the space. I had this old bench and threw a fun throw over it that blends with the walls. She's always wanted a mirror in the room, and we had this one laying around, so up it went! The pop of yellow was really fun. And of course, the llama head. She's been begging for one for at least a year! Now, at least clothes get dumped on the bench instead of the floor. Ha!
Last but not least, adding these shallow shelves for her momiji collection was a huge need. She loves these little collectibles, and they needed a proper display area! I think their fun colors pop so much more against the lighter paint color. It's perfect. Plus, there is plenty of room to keep adding more shelves!
What do you think about the space now? I hope it's a room she can continue to grow into! It definitely feels more 'grown up' than the space did before, and I have no doubt she'll continue to add her own touches to really make it hers.