After several tweaks over the last year, we just put the finishing touches on my middle daughter’s lavender and red room. She initially chose the wall color, I added the red accents and we went from there. She has one of the two smallest bedrooms so we gave her a little more floor space by using a trundle bed.
I layered on the lavender for her bedding, using another one of Crane & Canopy’s chevron quilts. (I love these. So soft and washable. I also have them in the twins’ room.) I used the matching lilac border Euro shams (they did the monogram for me) and their red lumber pillow with a cute tassel detail. I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to overdoing the pillows on the kids’ beds. (They never ever end up on the bed. . . )
By the way, I always get questions about these red shades and lamps every time they pop up on Instagram. They are so pieced together. They’re actually the same lamps I had by our TV gallery in the living room of our last house. I used some very similar to these, spray painted them gold and ditched the shades when I found the tapered ones for $5 at a thrift store. I just sprayed them red.
This girl loves to do craft projects and her homework in her room by herself, so I was happy that we found the space to set up a little work area. We used a small parsons desk and this stool that can just tuck under and out of the way.
And I always try to use their own artwork if possible. You won’t find anything more fun or colorful and putting them all in white, matted frames makes it all look more cohesive. I used an IKEA Malm chest for her clothes and paired it with a vintage mirror (also thrifted). And, how could I possibly wipe off the Scripture she had written just so I could take pictures? ;)
The mini scribble lamp is a fun addition from Jana Bek Design. It’s the perfect size for a taller chest and I love the playfulness of the pattern.
- You don’t have to have a theme. Let the color story be your guide. Build it around their favorite color, pull shades from some of their art, or just come up with a combo that you both like.
- Pair pastels with primary colors for a fun, modern look. You don’t have to go all one way or the other.
- Instead of using lots of pattern on the bed, consider layering in more solid color. (For example, I used the same soft shade on the walls and the quilt.) Most kids’ rooms will have enough visual chaos from all of their stuff without bringing in more pattern.