A Tween Girl's Underwater-Themed Bedroom

A tropical color palette, luxe fabrics and an underwater theme combine to create a pitch-perfect bedroom for a sea-loving 10-year-old girl.

  • Fish Theme Kids Room

    Small Space, Big on Color

    Just 10' x 10', this whimsical girl's room was previously the home office. Mom and designer Kathleen DiPaolo put small-space tricks to work and used her daughter's love of the ocean to create an underwater haven for 10-year-old Posy.

  • Mom and Daughter

    Kathleen and Posy

    The DiPaolos California home is just blocks from the ocean, so it's natural that many of Posy's activities involve water. She's such an enthusiastic swimmer that Kathleen's nickname for her is \"little fish.\"

  • Aquatic Kids Room

    Balance Brights With White

    Bright white wainscoting reflects light and keeps the wallpaper's busy pattern from overwhelming the small space.

  • Kids Room Daybed

    Custom Comfort

    Kathleen custom-designed the daybed which cleverly features a pullout trundle bed for sleepovers. The headboard's curvy design represents bubbles while the pillows pick up colors from the wallpaper.

  • Wallpaper and Headboard

    Kid-Approved Design

    Kids are happiest in rooms where they had some say in the design. Kathleen treated Posy as a client and allowed her to have final approval on all the room's colors and fabrics.

  • Kids Room Mirror

    Visually Open Up a Small Space

    Lots of mirrors in a small space are a must. Posy chose this one because the frame's carved pattern reminds her of fish scales.

  • Kids Room Lamp

    All In the Details

    Found online, this porcelain ginger jar lamp was hand-painted with apple-green quatrefoils to coordinate with the room's tropical color palette.

  • Kids Room Roman Shade

    Space-Saving Window Treatment

    Roman shades are a great choice for a small space. Drawn, they offer the same privacy as drapery panels without taking up any floor space.

  • Kids Room Vintage Dresser

    Freshen Up Thrifty Finds

    A coat of bright turquoise paint gives this secondhand dresser a trendy update. Kathleen and Posy painted it together as a mom/daughter project.

  • Kids Room Pillows

    Pile On the Pillows

    Posy handpicked fabrics that remind her of fish scales for each of the custom-made pillows topping the daybed.

  • Drop Chandelier

    On-Theme Lighting

    To complete the look in a themed kids' room, don't forget the lighting. Kathleen found this overhead fixture featuring rows of crystal lusters that resemble water droplets at a national home improvement store.

  • Glass Door Knobs

    A Bit of Bright

    Posy's room lacked a closet because it was originally a home office. To stash her daughter's stuff, Kathleen added a free-standing closet to one wall. These hand-blown glass knobs help to tie the white doors into the rest of the room by adding a bright splash of color.

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