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Saturday
May142011

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Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! This week Yammie wants your 2 cents worth and yes, even though the obvious answer is clean up your room girls, she promises to mend her messy ways ... or she will once the room is gorgeous.

I share a room with my sister. We have two twin beds .... Sorry the room is so messy and the pictures are so low quality. I just snapped them quick before I left for work this morning. I guess my main issue is that I want it to be bright and unique, but if I get sick of it, I don't want it to be tooo hard to change. I want to have white or other neutral colors for the walls and bedding and then just have bright fun accessories. Also, like I said, I would like to paint the side tables bright colors like turquoise maybe with some green, pink, and or purple. I'm also thinking about lighting. Something unique and fun like low hanging lamps or paper lanterns would be cool. Any ideas? Thanks!

More photos after the jump. It's a lovely bright room and I'm sure Yammie and her sister can create something special ... with your help :)

Reader Comments (15)

Hi what an interesting challenge. Am I right in assuming that would like to make your bedroom a little more "grown up" ?
First I'd say that white walls would look great, fresh and really versatile.
perhaps it would be nice to have both beds on the same wall each side of the window or on the wall that has no window with a nice rug between them, headboards would be nice but if that looks like to much expense you could have a large beautifully framed pictures above each bed or canvas printed photographs can produce the same effect, besides they can be changed if you got bored of them. You could even frame a bright and beautiful piece of wall paper, even a rather more expensive one as you would only need one roll. The beds could have some white linen or white denim) well made skirts with a box pleat at the corner that drop to the floor and a bright cushion on the bed to finish the look.
A pair of matching bedside lamps with colorful shades.

It would be beautiful to have white, or white and rich yellow stripy, or toile curtains hanging from the ceiling to the floor or roman blinds that are much wider than the windows hanging from above them and dropping below when drawn, it will make the windows appear larger and give an air of opulence to the room.

you could change the fabric on the padding of the desk chair.

I would suggest using the bedlinen, throws, lampshades, and other smaller accessories for splashes of color as they are easily interchangeable as and when you get bored of the style or color.

for some inspiration:
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/dc/bedroom/twin-bed-137176
fro a nice simple color palette and lovely choice of accessories
http://designaddictmom.blogspot.com/search?q=barcelona+

14 May 2011 | Unregistered Commenterselina

wow - i certainly would have cleaned up a bit before posting this online. having said that, that room really needs a nice rug to pull it all together - there's that vast expanse of beige floor that begs for something.

and i'd definitely go with either a warm creamy white on the walls or a soft scandinavian grey.

14 May 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpolish chick

easy polish chick! I'd bet your home is no showplace, and asking for help is always tough, snipey criticism has no place.

I immediately thought - oh, it's messy because it doesn't work for you!

Maybe you need more storage, or to think about how you would *like* to use your room. You have plenty of space, but everything is against the walls.

Some thoughts

- proper head and footboards to bring importance to the beds (and maybe make them parallel with a window in between.

- a desk with a task light

- a comfy chair for reading or talking on the phone

- better storage for laundry, books, etc

- paring out and donating what doesn't work for you - while you're at the homeless shelter/goodwill store, look around for sturdy furniture you can lightly sand, wipe down and spray paint! :) reuse!

- LOTS of great rooms done in pink that aren't little girly. House Beautiful had a whole pink issue not too long ago

>>come home, be happy!

14 May 2011 | Unregistered Commenterg

p.s. cream instead of white will go better with your trim and natural doors.

bigger artwork and 2 large bulletin boards (you can make your own out of plywood, padding and some cute fabric)

good luck and let us see the re-do please? :)

14 May 2011 | Unregistered Commenterg

I agree with some of the other fine suggestions that the beds would look best placed parallel with the window in between. For the headboards if money is an issue, you could always make a stencil and paint one on the wall as well. At the end of the bed maybe a decorative trunk could work, and it would also provide you guys with more storage to reduce clutter ( because let's face it, girls can ALWAYS use more storage ). I love the idea of white walls, because it's an easy colour to work with and it will add a mature, crisp and modern edge to the room as well. I think the white would look great with the wood trim, or if you could even stain the trim a bit darker it would pop even more. I love the idea of a roman shade in the bedroom as well. The idea for painting the tables turquoise sounds amazing and I think would work great. For the guitar I would get a wall hanger, they're only about 10$ and it was the best thing I've done because it makes your guitar look like art. I think "g" was onto something with the idea of having a separate area for a desk / lounge chair for phone and reading use. As far as accessories go, make some trips to value village or other local antique stores, but anything with an interesting shape and spray paint them whatever colour your heart desires. Every girl's bedroom needs a long, wall-leaned dressing mirror because it will make you feel like a superstar when you're getting ready.
An area rug will really pull the look together and add new life to the floor ( and it's a much cheaper option than replacing the whole floor ). I think there have been some great suggestions as far as lighting goes, bright shades or even the paper shades you were thinking would work great. As far as the soft furnishings within the room I think white would be best for the bedlinens but definitely spruce them up with some colourful accent pillows ( a turquoise ikat print would look amazing ) and maybe even a unique printed throw blanket to fold over the end of the bed.
The number one thing to remember when doing this project is to make it your own. Add your own personality and flair to room and you'll create a space that you'll never want to leave. Find the happy medium of what you and your sister want and find a unique way to display objects you cherish ( photos, trophies other memories, etc ).
Hopefully everyone can give you some great advice and please post some pictures when you're done. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I'd love to see the finished product!! Good luck

14 May 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole J.

A suggestion: First Arrange your room close to the way you'd like with what you've got. (I agree with a readers idea of placing the beds parallel with the window in between) .. its easier to imagine and picture when the furniture is already in proper position(and you have decided what furniture to change/leave out).

To me, an almond white/slightly cream shade looks better- easier to work with, and more cozy than stark white but its up to you.
Then use your favorite colors!!
Another thing: If you're hanging just a few things on the wall.. they'd look better at eye level rather than way up high.

And please put up a picture when you're done.. that would be the best part!

14 May 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShana

I'm loving this challenge Yammie! I live in a tiny studio and can appreciate how difficult it is to work with limited space. Your room also instantly reminded me of this:
http://www.hgtv.com/green-home/hgtv-green-home-2011-girls-room-pictures/pictures/index.html

Obviously, the over-the-top pink is not for you, but the layout is the same as yours. What they do achieve here is cohesion.

So: yes, matching headboards. Beds on the either side of the window. For the wall color I'd go with a pale grey with a touch of taupe. Not too warm or it might start looking ordinary. A clean, sophisticated neutral for the walls. I would paint the ceiling white. Before painting any of your existing furniture, try painting the room, getting headboards, and colorful bedding and bright pillows first. You may find that the white furniture is just fine after that. You could put both bedside tables between the beds and get mdf board cut to fit to cross over and create one big surface that you could paint a great bright color, and where you could put matching lamps.

You should invest in two new items: a real chair (papasan chairs are for frat boys!), and a tall bookcase for between the doors. That little wooden bookcase is just sad! Ikea has lots of tall, low profile book-casey type things that could fit the bill for that. All of your books, and some display items could fit there, and it would be much nicer to look at while you are in your bed. Also, this would allow you to remove the wall mounted book case above the desk, and you could put artwork, a cool mirror, or framed photos there instead. I found a great reading chair on Overstock for only $120 - inexpensive, and a perfect fit for my small space. While you are at Ikea, get a new floor/reading lamp to go with the chair.

Let go of unframed posters, and random photos. These things look girlish and cluttered. Find the images you really love, and give them some love: substantial frames, groupings to create a story and impact, let them be a presence.

One last thought on color: I would suggest finding deeper tones of the brights you are drawn to. For example, find bedding with a pattern that is, say, predominately deep teal or purple with touches of brighter turquoise or violet as WELL as contrasting brights. Then pull the brighter colors from that with accent pillows, throws, accessories. You get the idea. If you just go super-bright against neutrals it could end up looking cheezy. Bright and cheery needs depth to pop, so don't be afraid to use dark colors to compliment the lighter ones.

Good luck and keep us posted!!

14 May 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

could use a little more info, like what does the sister want for the room? is that guitar played/practiced in the room? do the sisters want maximum floor space? do they both study at the one desk? how much longer before they're moving out?

my suggestions:
- put your night stands in the far corners, facing each other
- put your disc chair in front of the window, facing the doors
- pull both beds down along the walls, to accommodate the nightstands
the beds will now line the walls so you can sit daybed-style and face each other
- put a runner/rug between the beds
- move the desk closer to the window by the closet
- move the tall shelf btw the two doors (this fits better than the book case, you'll feel it immediately)
- move the brown bookcase to the chair's current position

improvements:
- no one's feet are near anyone else's head at night
- the room is balanced as much as possible
- the desk is placed to give a view out the windows
- the chair allows a conversation area for company
- your long mirror/dressing area is still open

furnishings:
- you wanted white bedding and clearly know pbteen well, so i suggest choosing the black, brown or navy versions of this bedding which adds to the neat, balanced air: http://www.pbteen.com/products/suite-organic-duvet-cover-and-sham/?pkey=cgirls-duvet-covers

- and these matching curtains for the windows: http://www.pbteen.com/products/suite-ribbon-drape/?cm_src=REL
add whatever sheers you like under them

- for the floor, how about this rug which you can pull all sorts of accessory colors from: http://www.pbteen.com/products/bella-floral-rug/?pkey=cgirls-rugs

as for lighting, i recommend getting a match for the one on the nightstand so you both have light and can balance the room properly at night. this is the time to get paper lanterns. check out worldmarket.com. they have quite a few right now in great colors/patterns.

give us more of an idea of what you are going for style-wise. even if you have to name a movie character or something, that would be very helpful.

14 May 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbelledame

Best Design..
Zamre Ab. Wahab

14 May 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZamre Bin Ab. Wahab

White can be cold, and with bright accessories, you'll be right back where you are now - less than grown-up. Try a warm cream color on the walls, it will soften bright accessories and given them a more classic feel. A rich, rather than bright, turquoise would be very modern - you might consider replacing any furniture knobs and lighting fixtures with warm copper or brass, as accents. Avoid paper lanterns, they are far too young. Look around for funky beaded chandeliers - orange/amber tones would work well with the turquoise furniture - or punctured brass lanterns. Hey, it works with turquoise!

Honestly, you might be ready for fewer and more impressive furnishings. Lose the skinny shelf, find a taller shelving unit for inside the door and paint that to match the walls - get brightly colored boxes in your favorite colors and sort everything into them. Move your desk perpendicular to the window outside the closet (so that it faces into the room, and the window is more or less at your side) and use a circular rug in a warm contrast color to deliniate that as the library/study area. (A slightly larger, more open desk (glass top?) such as one from Ikea, would be more useful and more adult.) The desk lamp should match the pendant lamps you choose for over your beds. My suggestion for the beds is that you designate them as a more-or-less single 'sleep couch', and line them up along the long left wall, foot to foot. If you can find long, low drawers, you might consider setting both mattresses on a hidden platform that incorporates those. Hang a matching lamp out from each corner over the beds - you might look at those translucent, shell pendant lamps - and invest in duplicate sets of bright bedding in your favorite colors. Mix and match two or three colors at a time - just remember to always match your choices! White or cream coverlets or duvets will make the bright sheets into accessories when you end up with the normal tossed-aside look of the beds. Find matching small round tables to paint (or again, glass-top) and place beside the head of each bed (check Ross Dress-for-Less, for example) for use both as bedside table and coffee table. Very chic, more useable, and helps to use the middle space of the room. You *want* to extend, to reach away from the walls and into the center of the room. One long runner for both beds - and it needs to match the curtains on the windows. Try to 'contain' the beds into one visual unit. Buy extra pillows and bright cushions!

I've left the space under the windows free. Lose the children's chair and bring in at least one colorful, low slipper chair - two would be better. Place the painted bedside tables in that corner - under the higher window as a unit, or on separate walls - one of them should have a small, stand-out lamp - an eye-grabber. Why so many lamps? Use lower wattages and separate the various areas with changes in light. More mood lighting is magical, and you'll have plenty of work light right where you want it, rather than flooding the whole room or having areas you avoid because they're dark. Right! One slipper chair angled under the far window, the second in the middle of the room but over to the right, at an angle facing it over towards the left far corner - the person sitting there would look over their left shoulder to look at the door. You could throw another rug down here, at any angle that looks good to you - or another circular rug in a bright color. Plant and guitar stand... it's always best to have it out of the case, you'll play more if it's right there begging you. Plus, instruments are pretty.

It looks as if you enjoy light - you might try bright beads at each window, and one long tab curtain for each that you can pull to one side. If you go with turquoise for the furniture, try a deeper, more adult purple velvet curtain with pink beads. You. Need. Art. / Go. Buy. Posters. / BIG Posters! Or, go to DeviantArt, type in 'purple' or 'aqua' or 'romance', find images you like, print them out, blow them up, and run an impressive line across that back wall. Just stick with the colors you've chosen to use. Go for warmer colors in the art. Think about whether you need to paint the woodwork, or run a matching rail around at the top of the windows. It needs... something.

Have fun! And please, we'd all love to see pictures when you've finished - we hardly ever get to find out whether our suggestions were of any help!

15 May 2011 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

Thanks for the advice, everybody! I've been trying to plan a trip to Ikea and now I'm getting really excited. I'll definitely let you see photos finished. And then it will be a little cleaner too. haha. :)

15 May 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYammie

Yay trip to Ikea! So much fun. Suggestion: when shopping there, don't limit yourself to what they call bedroom furniture. I use an Ikea "dining room" sideboard as a dresser, and cd storage units for kitchen shelving. Also, be sure to check the sale section - usually can find bargains on good, basic stuff.

15 May 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

First the paint... White would be great for the walls, and its a color for every age. The built in book shelf can stay white, but you could paint the back wall with a dark gray color. Turn your bed so both can stay with the headboard on the window wall. For the side tables, you should consider getting lower ones, or only a long, low one, and put them/it under the window between your beds (You should get a light wooden, or a gray one). If you want to keep the side tables you already have, paint it with a light shade of gray, and put turquoise knobs. Place your big mirror on the wall that you have your book shelf (between the two doors), and place your book shelf on the wall you have that pink chair. You can place a ottoman or any kind of seating on the wall that your mirror was, and place your chair facing it (how about switching pink fabric for turquoise?). Paint your table with a light chocolate color and put turquoise knobs. You can get another chair, with a more vintage look, light wood, or use the one you have and reupholster the pink seat for gray fabric. You can put a nice rug in the center of the room, and how about placing a pouf there, to create even more seating space for you, your sister and friends? Place that tall book shelf next to the desk (you will need to move the desk a little bit to the left, so it wont hide the window). I see that you and your sister like hanging photos on the wall, so how about a nice frame with a collage of pictures above your beds, so you don't have to get a headboard? I think that plant does not belong there.
Have fun with turquoise accessories to give pops of colors. Your whole room is turquoise, white and gray, so use a bright color pendant light to give contrast. Use this time to get rid of everything you don't need anymore. And I know this sounds expensive, but go to garage sales, second hand stores, goodwill, or any kind of store like that. And of course, Ikea will be your best friend.

So here are some inspirations of furniture for you:
Desk chairs:
http://www.interiorconnector.com/product/khouri-guzman-bunce-limited/1.2.11/corbett-dining-chair

Seating (ottoman and pouf):
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=21101944&parentid=A_FURN_FURNITURE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=10&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_FURN_FURNITURE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=17995440&parentid=A_FURN_FURNITURE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=10&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_FURN_FURNITURE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

Lighting:
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=20413977&parentid=TRENDS_SHOPBYROOM&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,&navCount=30&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=TRENDS_SHOPBYROOM&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

Accessories:
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=161&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=18408393&parentid=A_DECORATE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=40&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_DECORATE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=161&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=16375685&parentid=A_DECORATE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=40&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_DECORATE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=241&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=21062534&parentid=A_DECORATE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=105&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_DECORATE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=321&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=20710604&parentid=A_DECORATE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=370&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_DECORATE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=321&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=21002084&parentid=A_DECORATE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=370&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_DECORATE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=481&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=20661310&parentid=A_DECORATE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=0&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_DECORATE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

Side table:
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=16884934&parentid=A_FURN_FURNITURE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=10&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_FURN_FURNITURE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

Rug/curtain:
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=81&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=22213433&parentid=A_DECORATE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=10&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_DECORATE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=20967477&parentid=A_DECORATE&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=15&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_DECORATE&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

I made a drawing of the idea for you, if you want to see it, let me know and then I can e-mail it to you

15 May 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiovanna

I've found something else - an interesting solution to a boxy modern room, one that would just *propel* the room into adulthood! And make you get rid of most of the kid-age furniture, but still! http://img.homedit.com/2010/01/Wall-decals-inspired-by-Mother-Nature.jpg

26 May 2011 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

It's one of those nights. But bright colors and a variation on the beds/one unit thing. As in, now, they're two units. But still present as one visual block. http://img.homedit.com/2009/03/dk_240309_09.jpg

26 May 2011 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

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