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SIMPLE BEDROOM MAKEOVER INSPIRATION – LITTLE GIRL GROWING UP!

Today I wanted to show you a bedroom makeover that I did recently for my little girl. 

Creating a room that grows with your children is crucial in keeping your sanity, and them happy…

As such, I have shared as many tips and bits of inspiration that you can easily use as well next time you are updating your childrens rooms – enjoy!

Little Girls Bedroom Makeover - from little girl to pre teen

 

My daughter is now 8 – going on 28…. I’m sure you can relate if you have a little girl of your own!

So, when I suggested over the summer holidays we would tackle redecorating her room, she was so excited as for her it meant creating a room that wasn’t a little girls room anymore.

Finally, she would have a ‘big girls bedroom’.

Here’s how her room looked at the start of this project: –

Little girls bedroom

Pretty, pink, and very girly!

It worked really well for her, with everything easily accessible and on her (small) level.

She loved it – but it was time for an update.

Not only that, but I was looking to update out Guest bedroom at the same time (this will be in a future post so watch this space!) – so between us we decided that not only would we update her room, we would move her into the other room and start from scratch.

Excited? – understatement!

So – here’s what the Guest room looked like beforehand: –

Guest bedroom before makeover

Guest bedroom before makeover

It hadn’t really been touched since we created it with the extension we had a few years ago. It was painted cream and then left really, so it was about time to get it sorted!

TIP – When you move into a house or extend, paint rooms a neutral colour, because it will work fine with your stuff and it will give you time to live in the space before deciding  how to decorate. You will be able to see the light in the room and how you use the room. Also,  plasterwork tends to crack when it settles sometimes, so you give an extension time to bed in before spending a lot on decorating.

The room worked fine – it had a bed and a few hooks for guests to use, but it had also become a bit of a dumping ground when we had any sort of project on the go (as you can see, I had loads of pictures waiting to be put up – another home project that I shall reveal shortly…!).

It just needed pulling together and making a really nice Guest room – so with the decision to move my daughters room into this one – we packed everything up and started the change….

But we had to do some thinking beforehand – what look did my daughter want, what was possible etc…. – so some brainstorming commenced.

TIP – A great idea for brainstorming interior design projects is to use Pinterest. There are literally thousands of pictures on there that you can use for inspiration. Simply create a board for your project, pin pictures that you love, and then you can see your ideas all in one place (you can even pin items from shops so you can easily buy them once you have made your mind up about everything…)

Here are some of the things that came out of that thinking – and that ended up on the wish list: –

 

#1 – SHE WANTED IT TO LOOK LIKE A GROWN UP GIRLS ROOM – AND I WANTED IT TO BE EASILY UPDATED AS SHE GETS OLDER.

We decided therefore to go for white walls and white furniture. She already had mainly white furniture anyway so this was easy, and the white walls would be a great blank canvas for any colour scheme she picked now and in the future.

TIP – any furniture we didn’t use was sold using eBay – and the money made was put towards the items we needed to buy for the new space.

#2 – LOTS OF STORAGE

As children do, she has lots of stuff – toys, clothes, books etc…. and all of these needed to be stored in a way that it would be easy for her to grab herself.

We decided on a mix of open and hidden storage – so she had some display areas as well as practical storage for things she didn’t want to look at all the time.

Some things needed to be changed and added – for example – her old bookcase was pink and white and looked like a house – so we decided to update this to a larger white bookcase for storing more books – very grown up!

 

#3 – BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL

Our house is VERY neutral, but with a few spots of more rich, jewel like colours as accents.

Her old room used pastel colours.

She wanted a change for the new room – one that was more in line with the rest of the house – to be more grown up I suppose!

Because we had picked white walls this would really brighten the space – and she wanted bright colours for the accents in her room.

TIP – Remember in kids rooms that their stuff is very colourful naturally – so work with these colours as well for a more cohesive look. If you have a very neutral room it won’t stay that way once their belongings are put into it…

 

#4 – A BIGGER BED!

This was the big request – and it actually made sense to us for several reasons: –

  • She would be able to top and tail when having a sleepover with a friend
  • If we ever had lots of guests staying, a larger bed in this room would be beneficial
  • We could get a storage bed and therefore there would be lots more storage available than there would be for a single bed
  • As she grows up, a larger bed makes sense for comfort – she could use it as a day bed to chill out on as a teenager!

As such, we decided that a small double sized bed would work perfectly – the perfect compromise between allowing space in the room to play, and having a bigger bed for all the reasons above.

 

Bedroom Makeover. Tips and ideas for making a little girls bedroom more of a big girls room! Perfect ideas for when your daughter gets that little bit older. Pre teen / Teenager style.

 

So – with all that thinking done, we went ahead and painted everywhere white and bought the items we needed.

The bedroom makeover had begun!

Once this was done we started to add in all the furniture and her stuff – and we are really really pleased with the results…

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