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Teen Dream Bedroom

See the transformation of an unremarkable yellow bedroom of an 11-year-old girl into a whimsical, colorful room with features that will grow with her.

Host Brooke Channon introduces designer Carolyn Robbins, who created a distinctive bedroom using unusual handmade items and bright accents and details. A suspended platform bed is the room’s focal point, while rustic vintage furniture pieces contrast with luxurious colorful silk textiles. A spectacular beaded curtain is used as a "door" for the brightly painted closets.

Transforming the Makeover Room

Designer Melissa Wilson guided the steps that were taken to transform an unremarkable yellow bedroom of an 11-year-old girl into a whimsical, colorful room with features that will grow with her.

  • Layered several sophisticated tonal colors and finishes on the wall: painted a fresh mint green above a faux chair rail and baby blue wainscoting. The chair rail is painted to look like weathered wood, and the wainscoting has vertical lines that make it look like paneling.
  • Added decorative cables to a simple pine slat platform bed, which becomes the room’s focal point. (The bed is not actually suspended but rests on short legs. The cable merely gives the sense of loft and lift.)
  • Removed the closet doors and painted the inside walls a brilliant fuchsia. The shelves were lined with newspaper comics. A colorful plastic bead curtain was used for a door.

  • Covered the bed with a tan cotton coverlet and made a variety of pillows using bright colors and gold fabric paint to re-create the French prose written on the silk pillows of the Inspiration Room.
  • Framed a simple collage of photographs with a vivid red mat and ornate gold frame.

  • Placed an Asian tonsu chest (which is stair-stepped storage) on the right side of the bed to duplicate the feel of rustic wood steps leading to the loft in the Inspiration Room.
  • Found a wood slab table at a salvage yard to use as a bedside table and finished it with a pewter folk art star, some books and colorful objets d’art.
  • Framed muted-toned prints in mismatched, highly decorative frames and hung them next to the other framed artwork.
  • Painted an ornate hand-carved cabinet a rich teal blue and added a lamp, stacked boxes and books.

The Bottom Line

To see where the savings are, take a look at this direct cost comparison between items in the Inspiration Room and the creatively comparable ones used in the Makeover Room:

Antique linen and silk bed coverings and artwork, $6,600 / Cotton coverlet, homemade pillows and framed pictures, $410

Wood slab table and accessories, $5,300 / Yard-sale wood top table and accessories, $100

Vintage art, $4,500 / Framed prints, $160

Rustic painted cabinet, $2,000 / Painted carved chest, $147

paint (upper wall: BM HC-144 Paladian Blue; bottom wall: BM 2063-70 Cumulus Cotton; inside closet: BM 2079-30 Peony; faux chair rail: BM HC-107 Gettysburg Gray) - Benjamin Moore
stepped tonsu chest, blue chest - IMG
frame, girl figurine - Ross
burl tabletop - Urban Ore Salvage
bedside table legs - Home Depot
decorative tray, backgammon board - Cost Plus
metal star light - Pier 1 Imports
bed base
(Lillehammer) - IKEA
tan duvet, sheet set - Bed, Bath & Beyond
pillow fabric - Britex
artificial lilies, stacking boxes - Costco
lamp base - TJ Maxx
plastic beads for drape - Urban Outfitters

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