A few months back, neighbors reached out and
challenged asking me to work with their 3 teens to revamp their bedrooms. I initially thought it was going to be a few pillow swaps & maybe a paint color change to call it done. Nope, I was delightfully wrong.
Their intention was for a full makeover from top to bottom with anything they wanted – but within a reasonable budget. They had never worked with a Designer before but wanted my input for each of the kids – 2 girls + a boy – so their rooms reflected them. They have a few more years till they hit college and they wanted to create a place that each of the kids truly love and shows their personality – how awesome are these parents?! Creating a Meaningful home – yes, I love it and was up for the challenge.
WELCOME TO BEDROOM 1
… a teen space reflecting “I Believe in Pink” – throwback to Audrey Hepburn – with splashes of pink mixed with shades of gray.
The process for this makeover was fairly similar to how it works with most clients.
Each teen made a list of wants / needs + what they wanted to keep / what they wanted to ditch. Then I set a date / time with each of the them for a private meeting to discuss their vision for the space. And let me tell you, these teens were PREPARED. Their parents talked through ideas before they met with me to hone in on necessities, but the girls had 2 pages of notes & new exactly what they wanted (the boy not so much, but I was able to ‘capture’ him despite his lack of vision / direction). I was off designing in no time…
To start, I put together a Creative Vision Board for this teen. My intent with a mood board is to share inspiration + actual items that I foresee in the space that tells the story of what the room will look + feel like when complete.
And the floor plan…
Thankfully she was impressed. I knocked it out of the ballpark. Score!
At our initial meeting, she expressed her love for pink. Multiple shades of pink. And dark gray. I loved where this girl was going. She didn’t want, nor did I want to design, a frilly, girly-girl room. No, this room would be soothing, but with pops of color. The range of pinks would be offset with dark hues of gray + a little black thrown in for contrast!
Check out more of the finished room…
When you enter into the bedroom, a large picture window is in front, while the bed + futon are on each side. The bedroom is somewhat tricky with the slanted ceilings of the roof above. The double-sized bed worked best on the one shorter wall of the room, and opposite of it a sleeper futon was added.
To add contrast to the light pink walls, I chose to paint the two lower walls black. The play of light & dark in this space is exquisite. As usual when I mention black, I get the crazy eyes, but they were all for it and trusted me – phew! Thankfully the result was killer, Look how all the lighter hues are offset by the bold black…
Check out this color palette for the new bedroom:
One major need + want for this room was storage! With all their stuff, every teen needs storage.
With her love for pink, I new this Ikea bookcase – which can be positioned horizontal or vertical – would be ideal. The lines of it are modern and could ‘live’ for a long time and in different settings.
It fits snuggly under the window, which are surrounded by window panels in colors of pink, red, yellow, and green. The pattern truly captures all the colors of the room and pulls it together.
Right of the window was an opportunity to use the wall for more storage so I found this geometric-looking wall shelf, ideal for trinkets + trophies.
The smaller pattern of the window panels works so well with the larger, bold pattern of the area rug. This modern, vibrant rug which has all the requested colors – pink + gray – is perfect and ties the whole space together.
I always get objections about putting a rug over carpet, but as you see here, the space wouldn’t be the same without…
With all spaces there has to be a balance of color + pattern. All pink or All florals or All geometric, doesn’t work. There has to be a balance and that is achieved by choosing complimentary colors to bring contrast + joining varying patterns that bring texture and depth.
With the bold rug, the bedding had to be minimal + understated. Thankfully this teen was in agreeance and we chose this beautiful white, pinch pleat duvet. Then to the right, we added a white modern desk (offset by the black wall) with clean lines and paired it with a comfortable chair that duals as a vanity chair OR another spot to relax.
Can I just say that I am obsessed with this chair (color: Candid Moment Ebony)?! I need it someplace in my house pronto! I adore the pattern with pops of color…
ROOM WRAP UP
And that’s a wrap. This teen room was a blast to work on. I was actually a bit nervous to work with a teen, but they were fabulous and one of my best clients yet! They also did a lot of the leg work + execution on their own…
After creating the vision board, I put a resource list together for each teen and then sent them on their way to buy + execute. They were incredible to sticking to the list and made purchases right for the room, which is so important.
Most of the furniture + decor came from ikea, Target, and Hobby Lobby. They also repurposed many items that they already had + DIYed some creations as well (ie: fabric covered cork boards). With a little old + a bit of new, this space is an oasis that this teen is going to enjoy for many years to come.
The only drawback… she might never want to leave…
The other 2 teen rooms coming soon…