Thank you to everyone who has sent their encouragement and compliments about Caroline’s newly decorated room! For anybody who is interested, I wanted to do a quick post laying out my thinking process when I get the urge to shove furniture around. Hopefully this will help you with your upcoming decorating projects!
Phase 1: Vision Board
Pinterest is a great tool to hone in on your vision. Make a new board and pin everything that inspires your vision of the room.
Note: If you value your Pinterest followers, you might want to make this board a secret. Nothing annoys a fellow pinner more than when you blow up their feed with the same thing over and over again.
Phase 2: The Clean Slate Approach
The Clean Slate Approach involves two steps: 1) organizing the room, and then 2) taking everything out of the room (including furniture).
Note: I recognize that this isn’t always a necessary part of redecorating. Organizing is probably the reason why you didn’t want to redecorate in the first place. Nobody wants to deal with all their stuff. But if the clutter and lack of functionality of the space was one of the key reasons why you felt the desire to re-do the room, then I would highly encourage you to dive into organizing. If you need help, here are some tips to battle the clutter without losing your mind.
Phase 3: Set the Tone with New Paint
The color of a room sets the tone for the space. For example, the light grey walls in the before pictures above have a calm and serene tone. Not quite what our fourteen-year-old wants for her bedroom. Before we started this project, she requested a neutral color so that she could play with the color scheme of her room for the next couple of years. To oblige her request, we painted the room a warm cream color. It totally changed the energy of the room, setting the tone for the bright colors we implemented later.
Note: We love the edger tool to paint the ceiling and baseboards. It takes some practice, but once you get the hang of how much paint you should put on it and how hard you need to push, you’ll fall in love, too!
Phase 4: Introduce Your Focal Point
When you walk into a room, the first thing you should see is your favorite piece in the room. Most of the time this is the bed, dolled up with a comforter and pillows. In another situation, it might be a beautiful chair or your bookshelves. It depends on your style and what is important to you.
Note: Although we decided that the bed would be our focal point, buying the bed never hit the top of our priority list. For now, she’s enjoying her time close to the ground on a mattress. It’s like camping!
Phase 5: Buy or Build
Once you establish your focal point, buy or build the remaining pieces so that they complement it.
Note: You may need to rearrange the furniture several times in order to get the perfect layout.
For this project, we added white pieces only. This was in an attempt to “mature” the room. When decorating, I find that the more bright colors you match, the more juvenile the room looks. Neutral pieces are a decorator’s greatest cheat. The white pieces also helped contrast our focal point, which is the bright-colored and bold-printed duvet cover.
Phase 6: Add Your Personality Through the Details
Now here’s the fun part! Think of creative ways to add your personality to your room. We color coordinated her closet, painted the white side table a bright marigold, strung paper lanterns, made a “bow bouquet,” and displayed her favorite beauty products on her vanity.
And finally, you’ve got a room fit for a teenager!
So tell me, when am I coming over to work on your room?