Tween rooms are tough. They have to be organized and ready for studying and marathon texting sessions, but also be playful and have room to pull out toys and crafts. Since we moved the girls into separate rooms we haven’t done much to their rooms, and Emma needed an upgrade.
Since we already had some things in place we liked (the paint color, her new desk) I knew I didn’t want to do a total overhaul. But it needed personality, and plenty of storage for all her favorite hobbies.
Using the paint and a fabric we picked out as the jumping off point we got busy. And when I say we I do mean Emma and I. She had a lot of input into the choices you see here. In the end I think we created a fun and vibrant work, play and sleep space that she’ll love for years to come.
This is our mood board.
Tween Girl Bedroom MoodBoard
*Ikea Hemnes Daybed ($299)- This daybed is the perfect fit for Emma’s small room. Not only does it add extra storage for our little fashionista, but it also functions as a ‘couch’ during the day which was one of her major requests for her room makeover. This replaces a full over twin bunk bed we were given that is just too big for this room.
Ikea Micke desk (her desk isn’t online but you can see a similar version above) ($69)-Emma has an identical desk but hers has blond wood on the front of the drawers. Ikea recently added other options to this line including this all white desk. Emma didn’t have a desk prior to this purchase.
Goodwill bookcase ($14)-We found a bookcase at Goodwill that matches the blond wood on Emma’s desk. I assume it’s an older model Ikea piece, even though the current hardware didn’t fit (and it came without supports for the shelves). The sides and back are a deep blue/purple color that has the same undertones as her paint color. It’s filled with books, art supplies, and some of her accessories. I bought several hot pink canvas bins from 50¢ and used some others we had on hand (purchased from Five Below a year or so ago).
Target wire side table (no longer available, $13)-On sale this is a relative steal. (I saw it in our local store for $8!) The pink base works well with the corals and pinks in her room, and the top is white which lets her light shine brighter, and it’s relatively easy to cleanup.
*Ikea lamps ($20/each)-We already owned the desk lamp, and will be buying the wall lamp when we purchase her bed. I used leftover aqua spray paint to freshen up our lamp (which was green), and will do the same for the wall lamp.
Target lamp ($7)-Target’s Room Essentials lamps are a great pricepoint, but we found the perfect one on sale. It’s got the same hot pink and coral tones we have elsewhere in her room, and purple in a bright flower pattern. These come in solid and patterns and make great additions to any room.
Ikea hanging pendant lamp (already owned, available for about $20)- Ikea has tons of options for these hanging pendants, and we had one tucked away that fit with her color scheme and provides much needed light in her Fashion & Beauty Bar in the closet.
*Ikea PS Duvet Cover ($50)-Perfect for her dot-filled room, and the price is great. We’ll use her current comforter inside this duvet cover. I’ll likely pick up some white sheets since I prefer to have all one color sheets in the house.
*Mannequin (To buy)-We’re looking for a working mannequin for her room since she’s eager to sew her own clothes. For now we’re investing in sewing lessons instead.
Throw pillows- We’ll use some we already have, but I think this is an adorable cover for her room. Since her daybed will act as couch during the daytime she’ll need some pillows to keep it comfy.
Curtains and pillows- The Ikea Evalotta fabric is waiting for me to work up the nerve to turn it into curtains and pillow covers. (something I’ve never done!) It’s the perfect colors and matches Emma’s whimsy.
Art wall- I have a few frames I plan to reuse in her room to showcase some of her amazing artwork. She’s very talented and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mom.
Emma’s walls are Robin’s Blue from Glidden in a Satin finish. I chose this finish because it’s easier to wipe down. Important when you have an artist in your house.
The baseboards are painted in off the shelf white in semi-gloss.
The base for her closet and ceilings (partially done right now) are White Dove in Eggshell finish by Benjamin Moore. (We used EasyCare paint since I didn’t need to spend $50 on painting a closet.) It looks very tan on my monitor but it reads as a cool white-gray.
The dots in her closet are Youthful Coral and the same Robin’s Blue in Behr paint from Home Depot. Both are in Eggshell finish. I chose this instead of flat because closets tend to get banged up and eggshell is easier to wipe down.
The floors are the original hardwood but aren’t in great shape and I loathe the tone-it’s an orangey-yellow. Eventually we’ll have them redone, but for now we live with them and cover them with rugs.
*Rug-Not sure this is the ‘one’ since I have such a hard time picking out rugs, but I do like this pattern and the colors for Emma’s room.
Are you sensing a theme in my buying? Ikea and Target both offer super affordable options and great sale prices on decor for bedrooms, and while we’re always on a limited budget I think it makes sense to be frugal with kid’s rooms because they outgrow them (and your house!) eventually.
While we have some of these elements in place I’m still saving up for the next big purchases the bed, bedlinens and rug. I did get a good start on her room by setting up a Fashion/Beauty Bar in her closet. I’ll share the makeover of that (and the budget so far) tomorrow.
*=to be purchased