A Mom's Request
A reader with two girls ages six and eight is struggling with the decoration of their bedroom -- a place both share. Each has a newly purchased canopy bed and the plan is to hang white curtains from these. But the sisters have different favorite colors and want to outfit their own beds accordingly. The mother wants our input on how to keep things unified yet give the girls creative expression.
My first thought was to use multiple blocks of colors in the room, in an attempt to make the concept of mismatched twin beds work. Perhaps the coverlets could be white and each sister could select her own soft shade for sheets and pillow cases; stronger tones could come in with blankets and ottomans (as in Reed Krakoff's daughter's room shown at top). The second Joe Nye-decorated bedroom (House Beautiful, 2001) also came to mind but obviously neither has twin beds. The pictures are just for inspiration. What are your ideas?
BTW: the sketches above are Bill Blass. Be sure to click to enlarge and enjoy the details. Krakoff image is from Elle Decor, roughly seven years ago.
Below, beds with white curtains and varied colors for bedding.
Peter Dunham in Western Interiors.
Gerrie Bremermann, 1990s, perhaps SA.
A bedroom at Oscar de la Renta's Casa de Campo as seen in House Beautiful, June 2002.
As a side note, Oscar and his family do island bedrooms like nobody's business. ( Joni just did a comprehensive post.) Below more from my personal inspiration file. Again, HB, June 2002.