and it inspired me to pick turquoise and hot/dark pink for my daughter’s room.
In our previous home, her room was more of a nursery.
But she was getting older and I wanted a room that wouldn’t shout baby.
It took us a couple of tries to get the wall color right. It’s definitely a statement color,
but all of A’s furniture is white, so I think that balances out the punch of color.
It’s tough when you’re trying to match colors on your own, without using a bedroom set all from one place. I dealt with that in a couple of ways…
One– I brought the inspiration picture to Michael’s and color-matched it to a hot pink craft paint. Then I bought out their entire supply:)
Two– I noticed that if objects were not next to each other, then you can get away with not having the exact same shade. As my mom (interior designer, natch) said, it coordinates. Hard for a detail-oriented person like myself to accept, but she’s right.
Hanging Name Letters
I posted about the lampshade I DIY’d here. The lamp sits on a white dresser, and I hung A’s name above it. The letters really pop on the wall. It’s usually the first thing people comment on.
I bought the letters at Michael’s, and painted them with the hot pink craft paint, then brushed on a coat of Modge Podge. The flower pegs I also found at Michael’s, and popped on some rhinestones to add dimension & sparkle.
Her bed, which I love, is a hand-me-down from my Grandma. I love the day-bed concept. It usually has three borders and is like a bed & couch all in one. You could even add more pillows along the back (headboard) to emphasis that point. Bed spread is Pottery Barn, *cough cough* a gift from her grandparents. PB kids is not in our budget;)
Pillows are from Target. They have a TON of turquoise & hot pink bedroom decor there, if you’re into this color combo.
Curtains are white sheers. She has two windows on that wall, so the fluffy curtains make a big impact. Mostly I just like them because they remind me of tiered dresses.
Can you tell that this room gets tons of natural light? I love it. Now you know why so many of my pictures have a turquoise background!
For a while the space above her bed was empty. I racked my brain to come up with a good fit. Then I saw this online and fell in love. The pictures have a very classic flair. If she’s not a Barbie girl in a few years, we can always switch them out.
I bought cheapcheap frames at Wal-mart. They were so cheap that they didn’t come with “stands” on the back and I had to pop the plastic front into the back to frame it.
I spray-painted them silver (they were originally black), and after I mounted them, I noticed that bits of the silver paint had flaked off when popping the pictures into place. Part of me wanted to start over. Another part figured that no one could tell anyway (it actually gives them kind of an antique- look upclose), so I put them up and got over it.
I searched all over the internet to find the right vintage Barbie pictures, but everything was super expensive. Then, it hit me- calendar. I bought a calendar filled with the pictures for $10. Great tip for getting a bunch of themed pictures on the cheap. They’re a little short, but I matted them with white paper. I like the subtle border on the top & bottom.
Armoire I’ve mentioned this piece of furniture before. We bought at IKEA on a whim, and it’s turned out to be very useful. It was all white, and I painted the top & bedazzled it, as my Mom said.
I also replaced the knobs with these
Anthropologie ones. Again, not exact color match, but it works.
It seems like everyone has been making IKEA spice racks into children’s bookshelves. So many people, that they’ve been sold out at my local IKEA forever. So I improvised with plain wooden shelves I found at Michael’s.
If you plan on painting anything “sparkle”, be prepared for LOTS of coats. I did a zillion (approx.) and you can still wood underneath.
But I do like how they catch the light.
Bought white shelves from Wal-Mart, and painted them with the craft paint. Plucked out this book from her collection to match. It’s a pretty neat book, turns the whole “pampered princess” tale on it’s head. And the illustrations are gorgeous.
Hope you got some ideas!
I’ll update again after we finish the book nook.