Kids grow up so fast. Tastes and personalities mature & change as they should, usually faster than we might want. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with a child’s ever-changing taste and it can get expensive, quickly. So, it’s really important to repurpose when you can and make the most of what still works while still representing the child’s “current” personality.
Who better to know the changing moods and tastes of a soon-to-be teenage daughter than a mom? A repeat client called me for input on a bedroom redo she had started for her daughter for Christmas. Her little girl was growing up quickly and she wanted to transition her away from the pastel pinks of childhood into a more suitable palette she could grow into as a teen.
Mom had scoured Pinterest.com, Houzz.com and other home decorating sites for inspiration for the project. And continuing with her daughter’s love for pink, she’d been inspired by numerous photos of rooms built around hot pink, black & white.
A neighbor friend had already painted the dressers and bed off white. Hot pink drawer fronts and repurposed hardware, spray painted black, finished the furniture update. Since a little hot pink can go a long way, especially in a bedroom, I suggested we calm the pink with neutrals in white, gray and black to anchor and balance the energy of hot pink. Appropriately-named “Repose Gray” SW 7015 by Sherwin Williams seemed like a logical choice to replace the pastel pink walls in the new big girl bedroom.
After painting, new black window panels were added. New bedding featuring hot pink sheets and pillow cases calmed by a white quilted cover, matching shams and black throw pillows were perfect for the new look. A zebra skin rug, matching throw and pillow added some much needed pattern without introducing unwanted colors. Before the restyle, mom and I had spent some time finding new art, lamps, and “blingy” accessories to pull the entire look together.
The end result, which only took a few hours to pull together, is sure to be a hit on Christmas morning when the “banished” daughter is allowed back into her bedroom to see what Santa’s elves have been working on for the last few weeks. I can’t wait to get a report!
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