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Tackling tween decor can be a challenge, but not if you remember four tricks of the trade: Add bold colors, do away with a theme, give your tween a say, and create a hangout space.
Fresh and pretty, this green room is characterized by the large iron daybed showcased in the room. Floral wallpaper and a mix of toiles, stripes, and prints add elegance to the space. An old metal washstand, painted a soft green, serves as a nightstand. Antique cruets hold flowers.
Bold window panels boast a flower pattern that includes lots of bright pink. The custom coverlet's red embroidery has a refined look that can stay with the room's pre-kindergarten resident until she reaches college age. A queen-size bed with a custom-designed headboard fills the large area between a closet and dresser on one wall and built-in bookcases and window seats across the room.
Why stick with one set of bedding? Versatile white furniture can play second fiddle to any number of solids and patterns on the bed. Although once perfect for a baby nursery, the sweet pink walls get an instant facelift with hot pink and bold orange.
An exuberant mix of patterns and colors inhabit this showhouse bedroom designed for a girl. Pink taffeta drapery panels sit cheerily on pink-and-green-striped walls. Even the wood floors join the fun with a layer of hot pink stain.
Sophisticated pink cabbage roses and tan checked fabrics are layered into the bedding while charming trompe l'oeil ceiling swags, sky niches, and crown canopy create an aura of princess-worthy grandeur.
Wide horizontal stripes in two tones of orangey-gold encircled this space with a contemporary element. Arched iron curtain rods and canopy bed draw the eye up, while bold red rugs and bed skirt ground the furnishing to a pale floor.
Stir up equal amounts of baby blue, white, and soft green for a room that hints at a sophisticated Swedish style. While the furnishings are simply constructed, exquisite decorative painting and layers of crisp cotton fabrics look perfectly enchanting.
Bright coordinating prints and a leafy-green slipcovered chair work together to create a space full of warm color. Anchoring it all is a floral area rug, while the background of butter yellow fills the room with a sunny glow on the gloomiest of days.
Inspired by a Scottish castle, this custom designed and built bed and playhouse combination includes bunk beds, secret hiding places, and a book nook in the ladder-accessed turret. Fashioned from stone-look laminate, the castle has no back walls, so mattresses can be moved in and out easily.
Bunny sentinels sit perched atop each bed post, watching over a reversible periwinkle duvet cover which can also be folded back for additional color and pattern. Bordered in green plaid, it also sets the tone for the wall colors and window treatments.
A wide tailored valance over the windows shows off a large-scale plaid fabric selected to coordinate with the duvet fabric. The pretty fabric-laced bow detail ties in with the duvet, pillow border, and draperies. Neat blue bows decorate the tablecloth and pillow sham.
An airy iron bed, an antique, was stripped and varnished to prevent rusting. Its simple look, as well as the companion white wood furniture pieces, keeps the attention on the bed covering and the decoratively painted wall stripes.
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