The interests of young girls are ever-changing, so as a parent, you might think it's almost impossible to design a room that she'll be happy with for a while. Your daughter will want comfort, privacy, and possibly some room to entertain friends. From the ultra-girly to the room that requires a bit of glamor, and everything in between, designing the perfect girl's room is possible for any age and stage.
First of all, let’s talk about some important bedroom items that are often appreciated by girls of all different ages:
- Suitable sized bed with a comfortable mattress
- Pillows (for sleeping and for decoration)
- Nightstand or bedside table
- Full-length mirror
- Desk and/or vanity
- Closet or wardrobe to fit clothes
- Jewelry organizer
- Large or full-length mirror
- Chair or ottoman
- Cool lighting (lamp, pendant, chandelier, string lights, etc.)
- Beautiful bedding
- Wall decor
- Window treatments
When it comes to decorating a girl’s bedroom — specifically, a tween or teen room — you’ll want to consider all the things she enjoys and get her involved in the process of designing the room. If you have a teen, it’s highly likely she’ll be aware of the latest decor trends and will already have a vision for the space. Even tweens these days are pretty confident in what they like! The point is to keep her engaged in the design and decorating along the way. After all, this will be her space!
When planning out the space, look into putting together a multi-purpose room that will allow her the ability to sleep, study, and entertain (or be entertained). Start with some of the basics (see list above) and then add to it.
As with the rooms in the rest of the house, decorating can get expensive. Therefore, you’ll have a bit of a balancing act on your hands — keeping it trendy and comfortable while still maintaining the functionality she needs, all without going over budget.
Now that we’ve got the basics covered, let’s move on to some decorating tips based on your girl’s personality…
For the Playful Girly Girl: Focus on Patterns & Bold Colors
Solids are needed to keep a room grounded, but sticking with solids all the way through a design can look a bit tired and feel somewhat boring, especially to a younger girl. Don't be afraid to be playful with patterned fabric and bold walls. Deck out her bedding and furnishings like chairs, rugs, and window treatments rich with bold patterns of flowers, stripes, geometrics (think polka dots and chevron), or whatever else suits her personality. A local fabric supplier is a wonderful place to look for exactly what she wants to reflect her playful, girly-girl style.
Bold colors on the wall are a great accent to the patterns scattered throughout the room. If patterned fabric is minimal, however, think about adding design to the walls with stick-on decals or painted graphics like flowers, polka dots, or swirls.
For the Sophisticated Girl: Think Vintage-Modern & Versatile Furnishings
There's no need to spend a fortune when decorating a tween or teen bedroom. Really! These days, upcycling is in, so if you or your daughter are up for a project, consider taking a day to go thrift shopping. There are a ton of hidden gems out there that can help your girl get that touch of sophistication she wants in her room.
Look for vintage lighting and furniture that can serve multiple purposes (a desk that can also be used as a vanity, an ottoman that can be used for seating and storage, etc). Paired with subdued colors, whimsical patterns, and inexpensive accessories, you've got yourself a girly, yet sophisticated space.
For the Glam Girl: Drama, Drama, & More Drama
Sometimes a girl just wants to be surrounded by the dramatic. Fortunately, this can easily be done through fabric choices and accents.
For this particular bedroom, the bed should be the most dramatic piece in the room. The ultimate focal point. And what’s one of the best ways to make it stand out over anything else? Using satin. Whether the bedding is solid or print, satin, more than any other fabric out there, exudes glamor. To increase the drama even further, consider an upholstered headboard, embellished with nailheads or beadwork. Add a multitude of throw pillows and you've got a luxurious and glamorous start to the room.
Lighting also plays a big part so it's important to be selective. For the best result, a chandelier is a great way to glam up any room. Accent lighting is also important, so think about adding a lamp or wall sconce.
To finish off the design, focus on accents. Add a mirror to the top of a nightstand, add a faux animal rug to the floor and hang up some black and white art prints. These are just some of the many ways you can finalize your glamor design.
Once you have a plan in mind, we will be happy to help you find the right designer upholstery fabrics that fit your project, but also are a great price! Visit us at Cutting Corners in Dallas to ensure you get the best discount fabrics, and we'll make sure your daughter's room is a space she’ll enjoy for years to come.