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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

7.26.2008

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.


25 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

they did this on hgtv a few years ago. the most important question I would need to know is what colors are we talking about? what canopy bed did she buy? are they next to each other?

the canopys if they are the four poster type could be closed off so that each bed becomes a room in itself.

if the colors coordinate - she could do sheeting in a mix and match arrangement.

a big fabric covered corkboard could go above the headboard.

if the beds are on opposite walls - there could be two accent walls of the special colors with a neutral shade in between. pillows are a good way to bring in color.

there could be a cute slipcovered bench at the foot of each bed in the special color for each girl. or she could get wicker trucks and spray paint each one - and then get matching wicker vanity tables and spray paint those two.

slip cover two chairs - one for each girl in their color.

the canopy fabric could be one color on the outside - the neutral color - the inside linings could be in the special color.

she could get color squares for a rug in the two colors or get a small area rug in the special color for under each bed to specify their side of the room.

she could always hang curtains to actually split the room in two.

the window drapes could be the neutral color with roman shades in the special colors.

find out what colors - that's a big component.

the sweet life with olives said...

Beautiful post! Here is another design challenge, how to make a pretty bedroom for a boy and a girl?! I have two children of 3 and 4 years old and I am struggling to find a look which is playful and appropriate for both, which they won't grow out of too quickly. Anyone have any ideas?

the sweet life with olives said...

Beautiful post! Here is another design challenge, how to make a pretty bedroom for a boy and a girl?! I have two children of 3 and 4 years old and I am struggling to find a look which is playful and appropriate for both, which they won't grow out of too quickly. Anyone have any ideas?

Style Court said...

wow joni, she will appreciate the detail. Pink and blue are the sisters favorites. I think aqua and varied shades of pink would keep it from looking nursery-ish.

Style Court said...

Also the room is quite small.

Poppy said...

If the room is small, don't you feel the curtains on the canopies would close everything off or look too crammed? I love Joni's suggestion of the fabric covered cork above the headboards.. the bedding and accessories in pops of color throughout the room could be great focal points...I also like Joni's suggestion to do the 2 accent walls..but again, if the room is very small, won't that make it look too chopped up..???

Would be great to be able to see the room when it is all done!!

Style Court said...

Personally, for a small room, I might do crisp white curtains -- as shown in the examples -- maybe just at the heads of the beds. Keep all walls a unified color, then mix things up with sheets, pillows, throws. If there is room, poufs or ottomans in solid pops of color.

I like Joni's idea to spray paint small bedside tables for more "blocks" or pops of color as in the Krakoff bedroom.

Cote de Texas said...

Domino has some great twin beds this month in a slideshow. THe mom should take a look at that. Blues and pinks would be so easy to mix and match. Thanks for the shout out Courtney!

Savvy Gal said...

beautiful pictures. I want to redecorate my room now.

virginia said...

http://www.mainecottage.com/Fabric.aspx

fun fabric prints (for pillow shams and pillows), and solid quilts(on sale)...i would also find a large unfinished picture frame, paint it a different, coordinating color for each girl, pop a linen covered cork board(also mentioned above by "de Texas")inside...let each girl use it as an inspiration board with her own photos or drawings/tiny prints.
a bedside table for each, painted in a color of their choice. this site also has paint colors for inspiration or purchase.

katieh said...

Such great advice!! I love so many of the ideas... especially the fabric bulletin boards and the different painted bedside tables + benches (not sure if there's room?). I was planning to put the girls small cream dresser between the two beds (with 2 girls we need lots of space for clothing!) but I like the idea of the two bedside tables and there is probably JUST enough room. The room is tiny and the beds are metal (PBTeen antique bronze which actually haven't arrived yet). I agree that the room will look crowded but the girls have been sharing a full-size bed up until now. I am convinced they will both end up in one of the twin beds every night but they are so excited about each being able to decorate their own bed - and they desperately wanted the canopies (next best thing to having your own room I suppose - though it is their choice to share a room).
I'm not worried about the room looking like a nursey since my "blue" daughter also loves chocolate brown- and John Robshaw- and my "pink" daughter picked out 3 Elizabeth Allen Atelier fabrics which are sort of ethnic-looking (Berry Fantine, Emanuelle and Cassis). I'm more worried about the whole room just looking CRAZY.
I am still feeling a bit overwhelmed but am SO thankful for the many great tips!
Any opinion on whether I should insist on white/cream walls- or should I let them go with the pale pink that they have asked for? The floors are dark wood and I can either go with the colorful middle-eastern rug that's in there or get something else...
Thank you so much! Katie

Style Court said...

Katie,
Now that we have more of an understanding of the fabrics you are using it sounds like you can go for a wonderful, lively bohemian feel. Just totally mix up the patterns! Very Peter Dunham or John Robshaw. I'm interested to see what others say about wall color.

Style Court said...

You saw Peter Dunham's mix in that bedroom in Domino a few months ago, right?

katieh said...

do you still think that i should go for white duvets and curtains? I loved Peter Dunham's house in Domino - but I don't remember the bedroom. I'll go look!

katieh said...

Not sure if my last comment made it through... do you mean the piece on Peter Dunham's house? I I really liked is house - esp the dining room!- but hadn't remembered his bedroom. Just looked back - april 08.
Do you think I should do white duvets and curtains? Solid colors? Or let it go crazy...

katieh said...

I just found the Peter Dunham bedroom. That is a great example of using "monochromatic anchors" to tie the room together. Thanks!

Style Court said...

Hi Katie -- I'm hoping someone with a fresh perspective will share some thoughts, but I'm thinking maybe solid duvets as Dunham usually does (?) with wild pattern pillows etc.

Style Court said...

Also Katie, did you see my "portrait" post with the Maxime de la Falaise bed? That's one wild bed in a room with softly colored walls.

virginia said...

http://www.coxpaint.com/store/cart.php?target=category&category_id=268
sk3-sk9 are soft, pretty pinks if that's the direction you are heading. plus, i prefer the canopy treatment in the "gerrie bremermann" photo because it looks casual and would not take up as much visual space as true curtains. i wonder if you could drape a length of sheer fabric over both beds (perhaps anchored from a hook/ring secured to the ceiling) and falling to the left side of one bed and the right of the other.... that is, unless they want "privacy". it would unite the beds...if you did that, the dresser in the middle would work best.

katieh said...

I LOVED that room in your portrait piece! As soon as I saw it I immediately wanted to use the Lewis-Sharon "Suzani" fabric for canopy curtains but the girls nixed that idea (i think their opinions are entirely too strong for people age 6 and 8!) I just looked back at that room and I think it convinces me to paint the girls room a creamy white... something neutral. I'm still thinking of using the suzani in there somehow... we'll see.

Style Court said...

Virginia, thanks so much for the input.

Katie, at least they are invested in the room, learning about what they like, being creative :)

But I know, at times collaborating can be frustrating!

katieh said...

That is a good idea - to drape the sheer over both beds to tie them together. However, I think they might be opposed since they like the hide-out/fort feel of the canopies but you never know - it might make it seem like one big fort! I'll definitely think about that once the beds are in there (when it will be more easy for me to visualize). Thanks for the idea!

Alkemie said...

WOw Courtney, you chose some amazing inspirations for children's bedrooms ! I especially love the first photo with the Bill Blass sketches, Joe Nye's room and Peter Dunham's. Great selections for inspiration.

Karen ^_^

Style Court said...

Karen -- thanks so much!

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