At the age of 16, both my girls have requested a bedroom makeover as their birthday present. This request is generally made every five years, when tastes have changed and bedrooms have been suitably trashed. When this particular daughter requested a blush pink bedroom with a dark blue feature wall, I had my reservations:
- Is 16 too old for a pink bedroom?
- Don’t the so-called experts advise against dark colours in a small room?
Unfortunately, once they hit the teenage years, there really is no persuading them out of their own ideas. After whiling away hours on Pinterest, I discovered that these two colours, combined with a bit of rose gold, could actually work quite well.
Could we pull it off?
As usual, we covered the room in match pot samples before eventually plumping for Hicks Blue from Little Greene Paint Company and Party Surprise 5 from Dulux.
We knew that we would be keeping the bed, the bedside table and also the carpet but everything else could be changed. In fact, everything else needed to be changed.
The Hastings Ivory bed frame is from Marks & Spencer and still available. Although a little pricey, this furniture range is well worth investing in (it regularly has 20% off if ordering two or more pieces).
As you would expect from good old M&S it is sturdy, aesthetically pleasing and practical. We therefore decided to invest in the Hastings Ivory chest of drawers to compliment the bed, hoping it would house far more clothes than her existing set of drawers.
NB: Teenage girls have LOTS of clothes and don’t believe in hanging anything up.
As these two items were quite pricey, we decided to go for a dressing table and mirror from Ikea. The glass top on the dressing table makes it easy to keep clean and the enormous drawer is more than adequate for housing the vast array of make up that teenage girls seem to hoard.
Accessories are a girl’s best friend
We were spoilt for choice when looking for rose gold accessories because they are everywhere at the moment. I think my favourite item is the bedside lamp which I purchased from Maison du Monde.
The biggest bargain in the room (at £24.99) had to be the copper pendant light shade from Amazon. Admittedly it doesn’t shield the light much but I love the look of it!
Imagine our delight when we discovered a cushion with navy blue and rose gold on it. Homesense is a treasure trove of affordable accessories for every taste and colour scheme. We couldn’t resist including a bit of blush pink fluff. Every teenager needs a fluffy cushion, right?
No 2017 bedroom is complete without a shelf above the bed housing some cute little cacti. Despite my husband’s protestations, I think the rose gold brackets from B&Q were well worth drilling holes in the walls for. What do you think?
The cupcake print and copper frame are both from Desenio – my ‘go to’ for typography.
I had the curtains and roman blind made to measure because (apparently) even teenagers need black-out curtains. This was probably the most difficult decision of all because the window in this room is enormous and could really make or break it. We opted for a relatively subtle material (Clarke and Clarke Studio G: Rose Tile Sky) in the end which picks up both the blue and the pink.
Lastly, I think a throw gives a bedroom that cosy feel and is well worth investing a little money in. This one is from another favourite interiors haunt of mine, Cox & Cox.
We seem to have come full circle with the colour pink. Do you think you’re ever too old?