Tween room.

The First Little Pig is about to turn 10.  There are days when my stuffed-toy-loving daughter still seems like a little girl and, gradually more often,  there are days when she seems all grown up.  She’s certainly old enough to have her own opinion on most things, including her own room.  I’ve been trying some gentle persuasion using my favourite pictures of bedrooms, many of which my daughter has categorically dismissed.  And, in turn, she has collected some pictures that I’m not too fond of.    We’ve managed to find just enough common ground:

Purple bricks.  Girls bedroom.

Source: Originally on Vertbaudet. (No longer available.)

OK, so we are not painting a wall purple, but if we had a brick wall with daggy bricks, I’d go for it.  My daughter’s favourite colours are blue, white and purple.  She is attracted to drawers, shelving and boxes – probably a good thing given her genetic predisposition to hoarding.  (Nothing to do with me.)

Girl's bedroom.

Source:  Original source not found.

Hands up all 10 year old girls who’d like a four poster bed?  What about a hanging chair?  I understand the attraction, but nope, that’s not happening either.

Red bedroom.

Source: Originally on Pottery Barn, no longer available.

I like the more adult colours here.  Still fun and feminine, but fresh too.  Originally I was drawn to this picture by the red and pink tapestry above the bed.  We bought two similar tapestries in India a few years, one for each of our girls.


Source:  Daily Dream Decor.  (Unverified.)

The hanging chair is definitely popular.  I have no idea whether our ceiling could cope, but my daughter is happy with any kind of space dedicated to book reading – so I am planning a book-nook of the more traditional kind.  I like the light colour pallet used in this picture, with a bit of red to avoid it looking too young.  We already have a few things in this colour pallet.

A whimsical room.  Still dreamy but definitely not babyish.  I love this one in every way, though my daughter is not keen on the quilt.

This week’s “Top 5” inspiration pictures are such a hotch potch.  The internet is overflowing with gorgeous baby and toddler rooms and there is plenty of inspiration for adults too.  But where are all the pictures of rooms for the inbeTween years?   Are photographers too scared to enter?  I see my kid’s rooms as a chance to let loose a bit.  To inject some fun and personality.

So here is my mood board (take 1) for my daughter’s room, approved (without any particularly great enthusiasm) by my daughter:

First little pig's moodboard.

Based on furniture and decor we already have.

My mother-in-law painted Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossoms” to celebrate the birth of our first daughter.  In real life, it’s beautiful and is the only “must have” in the room.  Something’s not right with this mood board, but I can’t put my finger on it.  Any suggestions?  I tried adding some bold yellow.  My daughter screwed up her nose and I admit that it’s not right for her.

Adding yellow to the mood.

With yellow?

Of course it can be work in progress and I’m sure it will evolve.  We will be using an old wooden bed that belonged to my Aunt before it belonged to me.  I think it needs a lick of paint.  White?  We’ll also make use of an old wooden bookshelf, bedside table and storage bench – all ripe for the painting.  It’s just a matter of picking a colour.

Edit:  Following your suggestions and photos, the First Little Pig and I prepared this mood board together.  I think it’s much better.  She’ll probably put her very bright coloured donna cover on at first, while we search for “the” perfect bed cover.

Hanging chair bedroom.

Bedroom mood board – Take Three.

26 thoughts on “Tween room.

  1. Gorgeous colours! The hanging chair seems to be tres popular with the tweenies. It’s the only special request my 9yo girl asked for her room. My husband is not convinced. He’s also worried whether the ceiling will take the weight.

  2. trixee says:

    I suspect your daughter’s style is going to clash with the style you’ve picked for the rest of the house. The almond blossom painting is gorgeous, I can see it going well with a darker colour palette of muted jewel tones. How does your Indian tapestry look with it? I like the first mood board, but I’m afraid the yellow doesn’t work for me (mind you, I’m not a yellow person either so maybe I’m biased!).

    To be honest though, my parents never consulted me when decorating their newly-built house, so I’m a bit surprised when I see people caring what their children think! 🙂 If I’d had my way back then, I would have ended up with something resembling a cross between Morroccan boho and a gypsy caravan!

    • I’ve got a feeling style is not the only thing we’ll clash on! I don’t typically like yellow either (except on lemon trees!) but I was experimenting – trying to make the first mood board more lively. I’ve no idea what muted jewel tones are…ruby? emerald? Maybe the Indian tapestry and the Van Gogh painting should not be in the same room. I’ll have to wait and see.
      Your parents were very wise. My parents let me have a say in my teenage bedroom. I chose black and pink, including light pink walls. Ergh! Maybe it’s kharma that my daughter’s taste differs so much from mine.
      As for Moroccan boho and gypsy caravan – there’s a bit of that in my pinterest “Kid’s bedrooms” file. I don’t mind a bit of that either!

  3. Since your daughter likes blue, why not go with navy rather than red to get your adult sense to the decor, then let her have violet or lavender accents, or even the dresser? It would probably save you a fight over purple walls later, when she is a teen.

  4. KL says:

    Yickes Joanne! What a difficult age to refurbish a room! In two years she’ss want something completely different, such is the nature of the ‘tween’ years. I think your mix of styles on the moodboards look good, though I think the painting could stand alone as the hero piece in the room. With my own two daughters I chose adaptable and fairly neutral, basics (bedframe, desk, chair) and searched extensively for ‘the’ bedcover. From the colours within that all the smaller accessories were selected and the room came together rather organically and easily. Changing the doona cover created a whole ‘new’ mood relatively cheaply meaning the rooms adapted to their teenage whims frequently!

  5. My kids rooms are too ‘young’. It will be interesting to see what they want when they are older!
    I think perhaps some lighter coloured curtains… the darker colour may be bit much with the paintings. However curtains are personal choice.. i prefer my window dressings to be light 🙂

    • Leanne, I plan to have white plantation shutters in all my kids’ rooms. The red curtains I happen to already have. Maybe I should repurpose them. I kept deleting them from my mood board but then it all looked washed out. I’m going to start again from scratch!

  6. pallavi says:

    Hanging chair should be a MUST. I had one in my bedroom while growing up in India and what fond memories I have. Even text books felt good while sitting in one of those. Have provision for one of them in this house too.

  7. May says:

    I agree with Pallavi, hanging chair is absolutely great. If you are worried about the ceiling, you can still get a hanging chair on a pedestal, that way it can me moved around the room. My thoughts: the yellow is a “no-no”, the painting and the tapestry are both great items but should be in different rooms I would think as each one has a commanding statement. Just my humble opinion.

  8. mariashumptydoo says:

    Perhaps, too much red and not enough blue.
    The light colour of the wooden floor could be also the problem. Dark jarrah? but of course it has to match the wooden floor for the entire home.

  9. A hint of Brazil, hammock as hanging chair. It will double as soft toy hide away for a couple more years. My vote is more blue. Red pjs will fill the red request maybe.

  10. OK – you’ve all inspired me. I’m going to have another go at a fresh mood board, ditching most of the red/pink stuff that we already own. (Was it me that accused my daughter of hoarding?) Thanks for all the pics sent to me! I will add some of them and my new mood board to this post later.

  11. I really like your last mood board. It is a very hard age to design for. I had the kids pick their fav colors. And I am going to pick a shade in that color for paint. Then I am going to have a large covered or painted piece of plywood in whatever wild color they want. They will be able to put anything on it (pin board). That way they can have the wild colors that they want without having to repaint in a few years. That’s my plan…… I will see if it will work. I am planning on hanging chairs in the girls rooms eventually……or maybe a swing???? Just because it’s fun…..and why not have fun. :).

  12. My own humble opinion of your mood boards is that the red isn’t quite right (but maybe that is the colour reproduction?). Personally, I think a cerise or mulberry colour would go beautifully with those blues and white. I’m glad I’m only doing our house for the two of us, that’s complicated enough! We decorated our daughter’s room when she was about 8, when she was pink-obsessive. My theory was that the carpet and trim paint were fixed to what was in the rest of the house. Bed linen and wall paint can be changed for fairly modest expense and little inconvenience as she would grow older and tastes change (she didn’t stop loving pink until she was about 16!). She’s now 31 and occasionally reminisces about her pretty pink, cream and olive bedroom, so I guess we must have got it right. That said, a neutral backdrop with striking accents and maybe a bold feature wall, can all be easily changed later on. Decisions, decisions.

  13. Your latest mood board is great. Go down that path. You don’t need curtains with plantation shutters. If they are nice thick curtains you currently have, perhaps sew them into a couple of massive floor cushions. Definitely go with the hanging chair – what a special thing to have as a kid. And I too love the idea of a painted peg board in a bright colour (similar to happy laughs idea) but that would suit your second little pigs ‘studio’ better. The peg board would be great for plugging lots of craft things into.

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