Project Spotlight: Colorful Girl’s Bedroom

Our team recently completed this vibrant girls’ bedroom. Our clients were looking for a fun and colorful design that would maintain style as their daughter grows up. We landed on a modern coastal design style and used a harmonious mix of teal and coral as our focal colors. These colors work so well together because they are complementary. Teal is a calming color making it an ideal color for a bedroom, and it’s perfect for any girl’s bedroom because it’s fun! Bright pops of coral throughout create a layer of visual interest.

In any bedroom, the bed is the focal point of the room. In this design, we drew attention to the architectural features of the bed by placing it on the accent wall. To create balance, artwork was framed above the bed. When it comes to furniture in a bedroom, I prefer the larger pieces of furniture to be more neutral and then bring color with the bedding and accessories, which can be easily updated. The main pieces in the bedroom are the bed and the built-ins. We went with white finishes on both to make the bright colors pop. The window nook doubles as lounge seating and storage.

To maximize storage space, floor to just below the ceiling built-ins were installed. Whether you choose to go floor to ceiling or floor to below the ceiling is simply a design preference. Factors such as budget, ceiling height, and ceiling details can also play a role when determining to go all the way up or not. I love using bookcases in design projects because you can accessorize them and add so much personality to a room. In the case of this project, the shelves were filled with personal items, books, vases, storage baskets, and art pieces.

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The teal focal color was carried into the bathroom, where we added nautical accents to complete the coastal vibe of the space. Textured accents were added, with fluffy bathmats and hand towels. The mirror we chose had a coastal feel and is timeless. We also went with modern lighting over the sink. We painted the back wall above the sink with navy and white stripes to add a fun accent wall to the bathroom.

The main finishes in the bathroom were painted white, with marble countertops for an elegant feel that will stay in style long term. Because we chose to highlight the focal color with accessories, this bathroom can easily be updated years from now with a fresh look just from changing the soft goods in the bathroom.

One of the biggest things we focused on with this design project was the lighting. The lighting in a room can change the whole mood of a space and is key to any design project. We can use lighting to highlight design focal points in the room, such as artwork. There are three kinds of lighting that every space needs, and we took them all into consideration when working on this bedroom project.

The Three Layers of Lighting Every Room Needs

  • Ambient Lighting
  • Accent Lighting
  • Task Lighting

When used together the three layers of light can eliminate harsh shadows, provide the room with overall illumination, highlight certain areas of the room, and focus light directly on a specific area of the room.

Ambient lighting gives the room overall illumination. Ambient lighting can be created by the use of pendant light fixtures, ceiling fans, semi-flush/flush mount ceiling fixtures, or chandeliers. In this design project, we installed a hanging fixture with a textural design in the center of the room.

Types of Ambient Lighting

  • Pendants
  • Semi-flush mount ceiling fixtures
  • Flush mount ceiling fixtures
  • Ceiling fans
  • Chandeliers

The accent lighting layer is considered secondary lighting and is used to enhance focal points in the room. Accent lighting can also act as a secondary light source illuminating areas ambient lighting doesn’t fill. In order to create the desired effect, ambient lighting should be brighter than the surrounding area. Track lighting, wall scones, rope lights, uplighting, and LED tape lighting can be used to create accent lighting.

Types of Accent Lighting

  • Wall sconces
  • Track lighting
  • Uplighting
  • LED tape lighting
  • Rope lights

Task lighting is used to focus light directly on a specific area of the room. When implemented properly task lighting will eliminate shadows in the room. Task lighting should be bright enough to prevent eye strain. Use cabinet lighting, lamps, pendant lighting, vanity lighting to create task lighting in a room. In this design project, we picked a table lamp to create task lighting in the space.

Types of Task Lighting

  • Floor lamps
  • Desk lamps
  • Under-cabinet lighting
  • Bathroom vanity lighting
  • Pendant lighting

We loved working on this project and the finished result is a modern coastal space that will stand the test of design time. What were your favorite pieces in this project? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.