I told you all a while ago about a bedroom makeover (Project Zen Teen Suite) I was working on for a creative teenage girl. Today I am going to reveal to you the final project and the process that I took to achieve the end result.
Client: A high school senior who is a very creative and talented young lady.
As stated my client is a high school senior and she wanted to make her last year before she heads off to college special. So, she decided that her bedroom could use a much-needed makeover. She wanted her room to be relaxing, Zen, bright and airy. She drew inspiration for her space from the tumbler rooms she saw on the Internet.
Originally, we decided on a color pallet of browns, whites, grays, gold, blush tones. However, over our time working together, we made some changes. Instead, we used white, light brown, a little blue in some wall art, and black to add some contrast. I also added in some green to give some life to the space.
She wanted to trade her twin-size daybed in for a full-size bed that was low to the ground like a platform bed. I also knew that she loved doing her make-up, so we definitely needed a functional solution for that. We also needed some type of seating option for when friends come over. Additionally, she loves creating music and needed storage for all her music equipment. Lastly, she’s a minimalist, therefore, I knew not to overdo it with décor and accessories.
The Furniture Plan
Here’s the furniture plan that I came up with for this space. I did make a few changes which I will discuss further down.
The room before was painted a bubble gum pink (I wish I had a picture to show you the room before it was painted but that photo was lost when I had some issues with my phone.) Here is a picture after the room was painted before the new furniture was installed.
Let’s first talk about the bed, she was so excited that she got her full-size bed. I selected a soft down comforter and provided her with an extra blanket for cold nights. Since she’s a busy teen, I decided to keep the throw pillows to a minimum. The goal was to make it easy for her to make her bed in the morning with no excuses. I added the tapestry behind the bed and the string lights, these are really popular in teens spaces.
I hung her guitar on the wall with a wall hook. I also opted for floor pillows instead of ottomans. I really didn’t want her space to feel crowded and the floor pillows provided a space saving solution. We also decided against adding a rug, her room is fully carpeted so she has warm cushion under foot.
On one side of her bed, I placed an open cubby shelf. This shelf serves the dual purpose of a night stand and extra storage. I used fabric storage bins to store her books, CD’s, and music equipment. These bins make it easy to store items easily and out of sight.
I chose a parson’s desk in a light rustic wood tone. This desk serves several functions. It serves as a vanity as well as a place to draw, study, and write. The desk drawer is stocked with all her essentials such as colored pencils, markers, and extra makeup. We spent some time going through her makeup and tossing anything that she didn’t use and anything that was expired. I provided her with storage for her most used makeup. The makeup she doesn’t use as much is stored neatly in the desk drawer. I also added a lamp and a mirror. After all, you can’t do your makeup without the properly lighting and a mirror. The boxes on the desk store her jewelry.
We switched out her tall chest with a modern dresser with deeper drawers. Now she has more storage space for her wardrobe, which is essential for a teenage girl. She didn’t have a mirror above her dresser before, so I decided to add one above her new dresser.
This room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I hung white ready-made linen drapes which allows natural light to come in.
I provided her with a mirror on the back of her closet door, which allows her to check herself out after she gets dressed. As requested, I kept the décor to a minimum, using some new pieces and few items she already had. I love incorporating my client’s things when styling their space, it helps make it personal. We discussed the fact that she wanted some greenery in her room and that she loved succulents. Therefore, I brought in some low maintenance realistic looking faux plants. We agreed that faux would be the best option right now. After all, she’s a senior in high school and probably won’t have the time or remember to water real plants.
My client was ecstatic with her new space. She said it turned out exactly how she envisioned. She’s been spending lots of time in her new room and says that it relaxes her and put’s her in a Zen mood. She also said it inspires her to create which is what she loves to do. And this my friends is why I absolutely love what I do!