I’ve been drafting a budget-friendly bedroom design plan for my little girl, all based on a unique Chinoiserie fabric in a bright, fun colour palette of coral, mustard, aqua/turquoise and lilac.
Bright Girl’s Room Mood Board
Fabric for Drapes – Robert Allen // Tallboy – Laura Ashley
Bedding – M&S // Coral fabric for headboard – Tonic Living
Fierce Print – Makewells on Etsy // Abstract Print – Minted
Desk Lamp – Loaf // Mermaid Print – Alison Keefe // Lamp base – vintage
Lamp shade – PB Teen // Rug – PB Teen // Bin – Target
Vase – Anthropologie // Bookcase – Ikea (image source)
Originally, this little girl’s bedroom design was being driven by cost. In trying to keep the budget as low as possible, though, the overall feel was cheap and fragmented. I decided to splurge on one item, and build the rest of the room around that. In this case, a gorgeous Chinoiserie fabric that I plan to use for custom curtains.
The fabric sets the colour palette for the space: coral, lilac, mustard/citrine and aqua. It’s a bit different. It’s bright and playful, but not babyish, so it can grow with its occupant. Eleanor’s little bedroom has a big window, and the bold pattern will make a big statement in there.
I plan to upholster a basic bed frame in a solid coral fabric, which will sit under bedding with a subtle but pretty grey star print.
Ikea Kallax shelves and a tallboy dresser (bought on eBay) replaced some of the original furniture. They fit this little bedroom’s layout well.
Girl’s Bedroom Layout
Speaking of layout, I’m asking a lot of this little room. It’s a small space, but it needs to house toys, books and clothes, and there’s no built-in wardrobe/storage. Instead, I’ll add a hanging rail to the Ikea shelves, and baskets for toy storage. An additional low shelf under the window will hold books.
Paint isn’t an option, but gold dot decals on the white wall will add a punch and play off the mustard tones in the curtains.
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