A dose of preppy femininity is good for the soul. This budget bedroom makeover feels youthful, fresh, and perky, and was fun to pull together. It would be a perfect space for Mindy Lahiri (The Mindy Project) to sleep in. A girl who watches junk reality TV, is a master at selfies, but is also smart and serious about her career. In reality, it was designed for a 20 something California girl fresh out of college with her first big girl job. She needed a room where she can relax and feel comfortable. This design gives her an affordable stylish space with an area for sleeping, work, and makeup.
I pulled together a few inspiration images, which gave me the overall vibe of the room. I didn’t want to go with the bold Kelley green and hot pink shown in some of the images. I needed something more sophisticated. Instead I opted for a deep green-blue, and a softer pink for the palette. These colors pair great with gold accents, black, and a subtle blue.
An upholstered bed with large nailhead trim is the centerpiece of the room. I needed something inexpensive, and looked to Wayfair for affordable options. The simple espresso nightstands with ring pulls contrast the light gray bed and walls, and anchor the other furniture pieces. The walls are painted in Sherwin Williams City Loft, which is my favorite gray white. It looks amazing in so many spaces.
I have yet to find a functional all in one vanity that I deem worthy. They are usually tiny, lack storage, have small mirrors, and many times aren’t very good looking. Selecting a desk, mirror, and chair/ottoman is a much more versatile route. I’m not limited to the few vanities I find in stores. I can piece together the perfect setup mixing materials and colors. Plus, the pieces can be easily used in other areas of the house if the owner relocates.
The desk is an inexpensive tabletop and legs from Ikea, which can be easily upgraded with a little spray paint. It’s an easy and affordable way to get the look of a expensive desk for a fraction of the cost. Brass legs make the utilitarian looking table transform into a stylish desk. Easy peasy.
I kept the bed linens simple. You can never go wrong with all white bedding, and I love the subtle pink velvet pillows. I would already own it if it came in an elongated size. The pompom throw adds another texture and subtle shade to the end of the bed. Also, the faux sheepskin throw is to soften the back of the funky S chair. Finally, the tile pattern rug gives the bed and bedding a fun backdrop and adds a little blue to the mix.
Once the main furniture pieces are installed, the next pieces are easy to add as your budget allows. Your room doesn't have to come together all at once, but it's good to have a plan so you know what direction to take as it evolves. I use the accessories to tie all of the other pieces together, and introduce more pattern and finishes. The mother of pearl lamps add a soft shine to the nightstands while the crystal light brings drama (This one goes on sale often, but I've added another one that costs a little less). Abstract art above the bed pulls all of the colors together, and gives the room a little edge. The ginger jar is my something old, and the room wouldn’t be complete without a dose of animal print.
The total for this room ended up being $2775, which was below the client's budget. If you wanted to cut costs the first place to look is the overhead light. There are less expensive alternatives, but I see the value in splurging on a nice light fixture. Also, depending on the owner's needs you may only need one nightstand and lamp. Lastly, most of the pieces are shown at their normal price. All of the stores sourced have rotating sales, and there is no reason to ever pay full price. A little patience is a great asset. You have to jump in somewhere between full price and out of stock to get the best deals.
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