Pretty bedrooms for girls
There are girls that want their bedroom to be cool and funky, and there are girls who want a modern bedroom with all the mod cons, but there will always be girls who want a bedroom that is truly romantic - where frills, bows and ribbons abound. Be inspired ...
ABOVE: Shades of soft pink and green are the colours for this traditional bedroom. You can easily recreate the look by painting existing - or new - furniture. Soft furnishings in coordinated colours finish off the room.
Look for ways to use what furniture you already have. Some paint and new hardware will quickly transform an old dresser into a new storage unit.You will be amazed at how you can turn items already in the a room into something new!
ABOVE: A heart-themed bedroom in blue and white, as opposed to pink, give this north-facing room a cool and refreshing atmosphere. Replace cabinet knobs with cut-outs to create the look.
Add splashes of colour and texture with accent pillows and throws. Spruce up an old table with a cover to match the bedding. Change window treatments. Throw down accent rugs for quick impact.
ABOVE: Cream and russet in this bedroom combine to create a room that is romantic and sophisticated. Wall-to-wall cupboards offer plenty of storage space - essential for a young lady - and keep clutter out of sight.
ABOVE: A traditional bedroom decorated in a romantic theme. This room is decorated in cream and gold in combination with dark wood, antique furniture, and satin fabric. Even pine furniture can be given the look of antiques!
ABOVE: Of course, there will always be girls who want their room pretty and pink but modern as well. Modular furniture offers space-saving for essential clutter and can be designed to fit in with any room design.
Listen to what your child wants in her bedroom. As she matures she will be spending a lot of time in her room relaxing with friends, studying after school, and it makes sense to create a room that she will love.
Give old furniture a makeover
There are so many ways to use what you already have in your home when decorating a room. A chest of drawers is easily transformed with a few coats of paint and decorative finishing touches. If you don't have any furniture that you can use, shop around for raw pine pieces to paint.
LEFT: This chest of drawers is sanded down to remove old varnish and then painted with acrylic PVA in the softest pink. Scrapbooking stickers are applied to the front before sealing with two coats of acrylic sealer.
Hand-me-downs become treasures
Don't be afraid to experiment. Once the piece has been sanded to remove old paint or varnish, it's easy to try various techniques to achieve the look that you want. If you're not very good at painting, shop around for stickers, wallpaper, and even self-adhesive vinyl that can be cut up to create the finished look.
LEFT: Grannies old bed is sanded and painted in a pale green and then finished off with a hand-painted design.
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