Room Makeover Design Process
Tasked with this room makeover, here’s the process our team went through to upgrade this big girl room to a great tween hangout with big city style and the potential for simple upgrades through the teen years to come. We started by taking a good look at what was already in the room and making an assessment of what was working and what wasn’t. Then we looked at what the tween (in this case, our own Lizzie K) presented as her dream for the room.
We sifted through ideas: “I want all the walls to be black.” “I want one red wall.” I want four pieces of pop art (think Andy Warhol).” We started to see a pattern emerging, something clean and graphic was coming through loud and clear.
Next, we took a long hard look at what was already in the room, the hardscaping, so to speak – the location of doors and windows, the white shutters – the mural of a star filled night sky on the ceiling – these things were not being changed and needed to be considered in our final design. For a while we considered changing the shutters for the room, but in the end we kept them the same. We found some great ideas by looking up “find mdf shutters near by“, though! Speaking of hardscaping, we are in the process of making some big changes to our backyard in the form of a pool area! We’ve spent most of the day searching hardscaping Charlottesville in order to find the right pros for the job.
We went around a bit trying to nail down a good basis for the design. With the changing tastes of a twelve year old to consider, we finally ended up purchasing the piece of wall art pictured above from Ikea. We were going to get one from Blue Horizon Prints but she decided she wanted the picture from Ikea. That piece became the foundation of the new design. Requests for black walls were handled gingerly and allowed to shake out through a series of conversations and trial art boards with ways to incorporate black without turning the room into a cave. Ikea had a pretty good selection of prints that we all liked and now that this room is completed, we can focus on other rooms in the house. After looking at the Bumblejax acrylic printing guide and using the Ikea photos as inspiration, we might just create our own prints. This way the pictures will fit into the theme of the room perfectly, whatever that theme may be.
Given that the major pieces of furniture in the room were white, we knew that a black and white palate would give us a fresh new look that would be bold and modern. This eliminated the need to completely refurnish the room. We focused on textiles, paint and wall art to do the heavy lifting in this design.
Once the room had a fresh coat of white paint (Clark & Kennsington’s Swiss Coffee available at ACE Hardware), we painted the back of the open shelving with the black Chalkboard paint to pull these all white storage units into the more modern feel of the new room design.
We also painted the main cross bar on the bunk bed in the chalk board paint. This was a key move to keep the new desk area looking designed rather than makeshift.
We knew we were going to make a template for the wall above the couch allowing us to pull the wall art together and add a framing effect that would last even when new art was in order a few years from now. We moved the furniture into place, painted the chalk board area under the bed/behind the desk and measured the area on the wall above the couch.
The space we were designing for was almost square and we had three pieces to hang that were very different in size. We took inspiration from ornate, antique mirror frames, but we also wanted to highlight the fact that we were using chalk board paint and the overall effect needed to be graphic and modern. We think the thought bubble cloud was a perfect solution!
You can download our template here: wallgraphic
Once the template was projected and painted on the wall, we brought in the textiles, art and decor items to complete our design.
Want more? We’re sharing our Step by Step process, detailed how to for updating old magazine organizers, plus details of the products used to make this design pop! Special thanks to ACE Hardware for the paint, supplies and the perfect solution to the ongoing parental complaint, “Turn off the light when you leave the room!” Thanks to the innovative switch (they’ve been using these kinds of auto-off light restrictors in Europe forever), there’s more peace in the house!
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