Create A Designer Room (Without the Designer)!

It’s no secret that I love to decorate children’s rooms, and I am always in awe of the creative work by so many talented interior designers who specialize in designing children’s spaces.  What a treat it is to devote so much time and energy into such a fun and rewarding profession!

But, I am the first to admit that many moms and dads don’t have easy access to professional design services, and that they might not have the time to devote to endless hours researching innovative ideas and learning about the latest trends.

My goal today is to teach you 5 easy tips for getting the look of a professionally styled designer room with relative ease, and a manageable expense.

1. Create a focal wall.  

Did you ever notice that most fabulous rooms have a really cool focal wall?  This is where you can make a statement so that the room will stand out from the ordinary.  For your focal wall you can choose to simply paint it using an accent color, or you can have fun with stencils, wallpaper or decals for a bolder look.  Placing your crib or bed on this wall will give it the dramatic backdrop you are looking for, and make a lasting impression.

2. Use unexpected color combinations.  

One thing designers are really good at is using color to its fullest potential to create a look that is memorable and eye catching.  By pairing a safe color, like pink, with an unexpected color, like orange, or good old red with a punchy aqua, your room will take on a fresh and adventurous feel.  Experimenting with color is the perfect way to have fun with your room.  You can do this with paint and decorative accents like throw pillows, picture frames or rugs.  If your experiment doesn’t work, don’t get discouraged, because you can always swap out the paint or smaller accents without great expense.

3. Make it Personal.  

An exclusive and tailored design created by a designer often includes custom elements, like a monogrammed rug, headboard, or bedding.  One of my favorite ways to create a custom look is by adding a monogram to the wall using oversized wooden letters.  Painting a simple “frame” on the wall around your custom wall monogram creates a stunning effect.  For a less expensive alternative, with the same impact, you might opt for a monogram decal instead.

4. If you don’t have it, paint it.  

In an ideal world, we would all have gorgeous, custom molding on our walls, in every room in our house, right?  Well, if you don’t, I’m here to tell you that you can still get that “look” — with paint.  That’s right, with the assistance of some painters tape, a laser level and a gallon of paint you can create your own windowpane molding, bead board, chair rail, paneling and so on.  Choose a high gloss paint for your faux trim, and a contrasting color to the wall color, so that it will pop. This example from Project Nursery shows how painting the trim a contrasting color is both unexpected and dramatic.

5. Frame it x 10!  

Who doesn’t love a wall of frames?  Whenever I am flipping through the latest shelter magazines, or reading design blogs, I notice that a wall of frames is loved by designers and clients alike.  Nothing adds more of a one-of-a-kind look to a room like a wall of fun mismatched frames in varying shapes, sizes and even colors.  I love that it is impossible to mess this look up.  Just have fun with it and it will look fabulous.  Mix your picture frames with your favorite artwork for an eclectic look.  You may opt for higher end, hand finished frames, or you can also pick some up at your local flea market.  Fill them with your favorite family photos, and voila, your room is done.

Happy Decorating!

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  1. Love the idea of painting in the look of moulding. Genius!

  2. I saw the bedding in the pink and orange room and love it! Do you know where i can get it? A link would be wonderful!

  3. I am wondering if you know where you got the tree in the room with the crib, the tree you have added pink flowers and the bling to. I have been trying to find it for a few months but have not been able to.

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