Progress comes in many forms, sometimes bringing us full circle back to places we’ve already been. That can happen, for example, when your adult child needs to move back home for a while. The challenge, of course, is creating a space that feels like part of the childhood home and yet adult and independent at the same time. Progress here means it’s probably time to revamp a teenager’s bedroom to serve as a new, adult pied-a-terre which is exactly what we recently finished doing for a client in Deer Park, Illinois.
Considering both mom and adult daughter’s input, we wanted to update this large bedroom to give it the more adult feel of a studio apartment. We also wanted to make changes which would help the space serve as a guest bedroom in the future.
We began by having the room repainted. Straying a little from our “go-to” grays, we chose Sherwin Williams “Skyline Steel” SW 1015 as our backdrop. It turned out to be the perfect choice.
In true redesign fashion, we also wanted to incorporate as much of the existing furniture as possible. Building around the existing espresso-finished modular desk, bookcase and dresser, we replaced a few key pieces and added a few new ones to freshen the look of the space.
Since the bed is obviously the focal point in any bedroom, we decided that was the best place to begin our update. We started by adding new reclaimed wood & wrought iron nightstands which were a nice tie-in with the darker case goods. With the matching headboard on backorder for months, we created the illusion of one with a piece of scrolled metal art in the meantime.
We also needed more accent furniture to help fill the large 15′ x 20′ bedroom. So, we added a beautiful tufted, gray & teal pinstripe chair to create a corner reading nook. And we added a tufted gray ottoman at the foot of the bed for extra storage and seating. New, bright white bedding and window panels added a layer of softness and elegance to the space. Finally, we layered in a large area rug and some colorful pillows. Chicago & Illinois themed art, updated string lighting and accessories helped personalize the space for the returning adult.
With plenty of privacy and most of the amenities of a studio apartment, this transformed bedroom now feels like a home within a home. And our client’s couldn’t be more pleased with the result.