Published: November 01. 2012 2:45PM
Written and photographed by Mayme Baker
“Little girls are precious gifts like birds and brooks and streams … their hair is tied up with ribbons and bows … their hearts tied up with dreams.” — Author Unknown
“Grace was in her steps, heaven in her eyes.” — John Milton
Girls. Girls. Girls. So sweet. So wild. Complex, smart, beautiful, funny girls. We can’t live without them, although sometimes it’s hard to live with them! As infinitely varied and wonderfully multi-faceted as their personalities can be, so can be the dreams for their bedroom decor.
From hippie chicks and ballerinas to fashionistas and everything in between, the design ideas and options are for girls’ bedrooms today are endless. As usual, I recommend a long-term, high-low approach to ensure happiness for both mother and daughter.
If you are starting the room as a nursery, it is impossible to determine your wee one’s nature before she makes her entrance. Is she a reader, a rock star or a little of both? In most cases, budget is an issue, so it’s best to start with a palette that can easily morph into a better reflection of the child as she grows — without requiring a complete decor overhaul. Splashy colors and bold patterns can be added to soft neutrals down the road. For young girls’ rooms, I always prefer using accents of brown or light charcoal over harsh black.
On the other hand, if you are embarking upon a teenage extravaganza, buckle up for the fun. Let’s go crazy!
Is she a girly-girl? Go preppy Palm Beach with bubblegum pink walls, lime green wallpapered ceilings, zebra-skin rugs, glossy black trim and sparkly chandeliers. Then corral the myriad of photos, love notes and classroom doodles onto corkboard housed in huge hot-pink or coral lacquered baroque frames. Hang clear acrylic boxes on the walls to act as shelves and showcases for trophies, souvenirs and random other tchotchkes that inevitably collect on the dresser.
Is she a horse lover? How about a series of huge pop art-inspired wrapped canvasses of her one and only steed?