Inspired Rooms: Princess Rooms You Can Live With
Feb 03, 2010
It seems that Disney's unstoppable marketing forces have convinced every little girl in America that she needs a room like this:
And every parent in America wants to kill them for it, right? Of course, moms and dads want to make their kids happy, but there's a way to do a princess room without the ubiquitous fuchsia/purple color scheme and licensed characters on everything. (After all, would a real princess have a room filled with other princesses? I think not.) Here are some royalty-inspired, girly bedrooms that are sure to make everyone happy for years to come.
Read the blog on Monday, February 8
to see one of these rooms replicated on a realistic budget!
A simplified palette of soft pink and white is just enough. Furniture like this can be found at any thrift store… a couple of coats of white paint, and you're set.
Just a couple of glam touches in a lavender room make it luxe: a Venetian mirror layered over a standard dresser mirror, floor-length drapes, a fancy chair and a fluffy rug.
Enveloping the room in the palest of pinks casts a comfy glow. Try a warm, peachy pink like Abalone Shell or White Dogwood from Sherwin-Williams. Consider adding adult elements like an upholstered chair and a botanical print.
Again with the pale, pale pink… it's so much more relaxing and sleepy than fuchsia! The gorgeous rug sets the palette for this pink-and-olive room. This scheme works beautifully with wood floors. Note the feedsack upholstery on the chairs. It gives a well-worn sophistication to the room, and because it's tough and cheap you won't have to worry about stains or wear-and-tear.
Jonathan Adler does a bolder take on the princess look, pairing sweet gingham with a colorful Bohemian print wallpaper. Navy blue carpeting wears well and counters the girly vibe just enough. An unconventional bed placement leaves a lot of open play space.
A cornice like this can be cut from foam core board with a simple utility knife, then covered in fabric. A daybed works as a sofa during the day and gives the room a very glam feel that teenagers love. Touches of lucite, patent leather, faux fur, and mirrors take the look over the top.
It's a pink room, right? But the walls are white! Proof that you don't necessarily have to use the walls as the anchor of your color palette. Touches of brown keep this room from looking too sweet. Luxe touches here are the sunburst mirror, monogrammed bureau as side table, footboard bench, and hotel-style bedding.
Which room will it be? Find out how to create one of these rooms on a realistic budget on Monday, February 8. —Diane
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