Before: Blank SlateNow that her daughter Jenny is entering her teens, June has decided to allow her some input on the color choices for their attic — Jenny's designated play space. June decorated their whole house in creams and browns, so her daughter's love of modern design and bright colors has this conservative mom worried. Will June really give Jenny free reign, and how bright will Jenny's color choices be?
The spacious attic room has cream-colored walls and beige carpeting — June's preferred colors for decorating. But Jenny wants to turn it into a more hip hangout where she can do schoolwork and listen to music. She likes bright colors and is eager to make her own choices. The room has a couple of futons, a small computer desk and a few odds and ends, but nothing to define the style of the room.
After: Bold HangoutThe spacious room is broken up into smaller areas — a work area for her computer and for projects and a sitting area —defined by color. Jenny picks her favorite color, teal blue, for the long anchor wall. Smaller accent walls are painted a lighter tint of teal for a more youthful feel. Jenny sticks with blue for the flooring, but June prefers the contrast of a brown. Host Jane Lockhart allows a compromise because of the size of the room. She picks a tan cork flooring, which adds color and texture, with the added benefit of absorbing sound. Area rugs in cobalt and white shag add accent color to the floor. For the workspace, the cluttered computer desk is replaced with a long orange countertop, and the wall behind it is painted light and dark orange stripes. White trim and accents and new cream-colored cabinets and reupholstered futons balance the bold colors and satisfy June's neutral tastes.
Did you know? Adding white to strong colors creates a tint, such as the light and dark teal and oranges used in this project.