Molly, 11, of New Preston, Conn., wanted to liven up her mostly white bedroom. She chose a boldly patterned coral and blue rug, but was unsure where to go from there and how to make the room come together. Enter home design expert Susanna Salk, who gave Molly's room a glam update in one day and for under $1,000. Here’s how Salk achieved the look.
Choose accessories that can stand up to a statement piece. Molly's colorful rug set the tone for the room. Salk chose pieces with bold shapes and patterns—the ikat chair and modern lamps—to anchor the floor covering.
Balance sophistication with fun. Salk brought in a glamorous mirror and graphic bedding, and then added a whimsical accent with the orange bird pillows. "Never get too serious," she says. "A child's room should be as imaginative as it is comfortable, but most of all it should be fun!"
Add a personal touch. Every kid wants to see her name in lights, and thanks to the oversized light-up letter "M" hung on the wall, Molly gets to do just that every day. "It looks awesome!" she says.
Here are the items Salk used to transform Molly's room:
Ada Table Lamp, $70 at CB2. Image credit: CB2
300-Thread Count Company Cotton Colorblock Bedding, Queen Duvet Cover in Royal Blue, $119 at The Company Store. Image credit: The Company Store
Sleepin' Safari Throw Pillow, $19 each at Land of Nod. Image Credit: Land of Nod
Slipper Chair in Indigo Ikat, $328 at Urban Outfitters. Image credit: Urban Outfitters
Devon Mirror in Silver, $179 at Z Gallerie. Image Credit: Z Gallerie