Tackling the Tween Bedroom

I’ve mentioned this before but designing my 12 year old daughter’s room was probably my toughest design challenge to date. In case you didn’t know a 12 year old girl has a mind of her own and is very specific and particular about what she likes and especially what she doesn’t like.

Sloan had many requests she wanted a very colorful room without it looking too “kiddish” (her word) and she also wanted it to look bohemian. She wanted an area for her friends to hang out in, an area she could display her snowglobes, guitar and artwork, a place to study and an area for her television (huge movie fan), books (huge Twilight fan) and music (huge anything I don’t like fan!)

We live in a newly constructed house so needless to say there wasn’t much character to the room, it was basically a box.


I took her shopping and she fell in love with a bed in a bag from Target so I went from there. Here is what I came up with.

The wall paint is Benjamin Moore’s Angelina’s, the ceiling paint is Benjamin Moore’s Orleans Violet. The other items in her room came from places like Target, Walmart, Ikea and Home Goods. If you would like specifics please email or leave me a comment and I will answer you!.

I finally finished her room a few weeks ago and here’s what it looks like now!

The art wall – Check!

A place to study and show off those snowglobes – Check!

Notice the large S on the wall, it’s actually a chalkboard that she and her friends use to draw on.

Television watching, guitar playing and book reading – Check! (She has a very large closet so she actually has a large bookcase in her closet full of books also.)

A fun close up. (Notice the tween essentials!)

So there you have it a tween room complete and a 12 year old happy, that is for now!!

Are you interested in a mini e-design? Please contact me, I’d love to help!!

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  1. Laurie,

    You have outdone yourself once again. The room is amazing. I don’t know how you do it but I want a little piece of it so I can do my house on a budget. You rock girl!

  2. Hehe! I’m 17 and would love this room! 😛

    You did an amazing job of making that character-lacking box of a bedroom in to a fun, colorful place for a young girl. She must love it!

  3. LOVE the room, the light fixture is perfect and I’m sure her friends go crazy for it. I’m in the middle of giving my 4-year-old Sloan a big girl room…thanks for the great ideas! We share great taste in names, so I can’t wait to read through more of your blog and see what else we have in common. 🙂

    xo, cassie

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