Current Trends: A Room to Grow

Home Essentials / Stories / April 10, 2014

 An all-pink or themed bedroom can be oh-so-cute for a toddler or 5-year-old little girl, but as she transitions into a pre-teen or teenager the room will have to be reworked. Current trends are for more modern and sophisticated looks that reflect a child’s personality and allows them to grow into the room.

Beckham sits in his baseball-themed bedroom.

Beckham sits in his baseball-themed bedroom.

It’s Baseball for Beckham

Photos by Keith Borgmeyer

From the minute Vanessa Stuckenschneider knew she was having a boy, she was very excited to design his room with a baseball theme. Her husband, Eric, had played minor league baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s so she wanted to reflect that background.

Not one for cartoon characters or cutesy baby rooms with everything matching, her stepmother, Lauri Peters, stepped in and painted a baseball mural on one wall. She has been painting for friends and relatives for many years but recently began doing it professionally.

Lauri Peters with her grandson Beckham

Lauri Peters with her grandson Beckham

Beckham's bedroom

Beckham’s bedroom

“It’s all free-hand, a close-up view of the baseball, which looks like it’s coming through the walls,” she said. “We wanted it to look like a worn antique baseball not a shiny new one.”

She used brown for the outline of the baseball and red for the stitches over a cream wall. The bats Eric used in his minor league career are hung on the wall along with his framed baseball cards.

The transitional crib/bed came from Target and can be made into a twin bed that Beckham can enjoy throughout his pre-teen years.

A “Big Girl” Space for an All-American Girl

Hayley sits on the bench in her recently remodeled room.

Hayley sits on the bench in her recently remodeled room.

Photos by Katie Alaimo

Well chosen accessories were used to transform a spare room upstairs into a cheerful “big girl” bedroom for second grader Hayley, 7. A quiet, sweet girl, Hayley shares her room with her Julie Doll from American Girl and her books.

Katie Alaimo/News TribuneA DIY project, robins egg blue donned the walls and handed down white furniture was given a second life.

The dresser and night stand belonging to her great grandmother were painted hot pink with black dresser drawer handles, while the desk was painted black with complimentary hot pink drawers.

Curtains, lamps, paintings and other accessories from Major Interiors were added to finish the look, along with the Zebra print bench, mirror and chandelier (from Uttermost) offering some grown-up touches.

Katie Alaimo/News Tribune

Elegant Redesign Fit for a Tween

Photos by Julie SmithJulie Smith/News Tribune Teenager's bedroom

In this custom, professional redesign the goal was to transition a young girl’s room to one that would work well through high school and beyond.

“My goal was to create a sleek, modern update with a turquoise, lime green and cream color scheme,” said Interior Designer Jenny Horton.

The redesigned bedroom was a birthday gift for then 14-year-old Katelyn. One of the most eye-catchy features of the room are the rows of iridescent glass tile with glass grout used on two of the longest walls in the room.

“Katelyn, her mother and I loved the texture of it and the horizontal lines,” said Horton.

Julie Smith/News TribuneTeenager's bedroomHorton would email photos of different fabrics and colors, but Katelyn was very hands-on when it came to choosing the final colors and materials.
The result is an elegant bedroom with dramatic ceiling art as well as a mural on the wall behind the bed, both by Doris Davis of Davis Creative Painting.

“I love trying to get the feel of the person who is going to live in the room,” said Davis. “Sometimes I start from scratch with the client, but in this case I worked with the decorator.”

“I just took elements from the bedspread Jenny had picked out and drew different patterns in my sketchbook,” she said. “Then I projected the design and traced around it in chalk and then proceeded to paint it.”

Julie Smith/News Tribune Teenager's bedroomThe lime green and white pattern is very striking and makes the bed a focal point of the room. For the ceiling, Davis used metallic paints on the pattern she designed and cut herself. A chandelier from Maxim with a dimmer switch was added for effect.

The custom-made draperies include an upholstered cornice board with rhinestone nail heads. The furniture and built-in-bookshelves were already in the room but the glass tile, gray carpet and black rug came from Scruggs Lumber, while the fabrics for the bed pillows and the zebra striped chairs came from Petals for You. The lamp and mirrored table between the chairs came from Pier One.

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