When I moved into my house 6 years ago, Olivia was 5. She loved everything pink and girly and was (kind of still is) a huge Disney Princess fan. Her walls were painted a bright and eye-catching ‘Hot Pink’ shade and a border of Disney Princesses paraded around the walls. Over the years, as she has grown, her likes and dislikes have changed and the need to redecorate found me searching online for decorating ideas for girl’s bedrooms.
Painting for me is by far the quickest and easiest option. However, that Hot Pink shade would take some covering up regardless of what shade we eventually chose. Be it all in the same colour, or multiple there were options to add a little something extra than one colour all over again. Olivia liked the idea of horizontal block stripes of colour across her walls. Easily achieved with some patience and masking tape to help create straight even lines. We then discussed adding glitter to the paint and have one wall a feature colour that sparkled adding extra light and brightness to the room.
Upon discussing this with Olivia, she loved the idea, however, she wanted something a little more unique shall we say than what we could find online. Obsessed with Beauty and The Beast, she wanted pale blue painted walls with gold scripts and swirls painted around the top of the walls to emulate Belle’s bedroom at the castle. Totally beyond my skill set, we had to agree this wasn’t something I could create for her!
Wall murals are ideal for kids of any age especially if they have something they really love. They can be created via painting straight onto a wall or by printing onto a wallpaper to be hung. If this is something you are looking at girl’s wallpaper from Wallsauce could have exactly what you are looking for. With a whole range of designs to choose from all you need to do is measure up and order. Pretty simple really.
Teens and Tween can be notoriously hard to please. It took Olivia and me months to come to an agreement on how to decorate her room. But by stripping just one wall back to the bare brick could be a way of making their room look a little more grown up and sophisticated. Set up as a feature wall it would make the perfect wall for their desk, bed or even for them to relax against. By using colours on the other walls in the room it needn’t look ‘bare’ at all and could really add an extra dimension to a bedroom.
If this can’t be achieved by stripping back the walls, try wood panelling for a different look or bare brick style wallpaper.
We did indeed opt for wallpaper in the end but only on a feature wall. We combined it with a cool coloured paint, a complete contrast to her previous colour and matched it to the design of the paper. The wallpaper itself, whilst a darker background colour, is brought to life by a butterfly design incorporating many other bright colours along with some glitter too. She is happy, I am happy and she now enjoys a more grown-up look and style in her bedroom for a calmer surrounding than the pink gave her previously.
It can be really hard to make that transition from a child’s room to a tween/teen space they are happy with. But I think in the end despite all the options available we ended up with a great space for Olivia to relax/work/play in that she can really call her own now.