When we first moved into our home about five years ago, my daughter's room had bright green walls (complements of the previous owners ... how kind of them!) and ivory carpet. Because my husband and I were already overwhelmed with a long list of house projects, we decided to leave the paint as is in her room and I decided to decorate around the green. And so her bedroom became a mish mash of decor and furniture that I lived with but never loved.
Fast forward to today -- and in honor of my kiddo's eighth birthday, we decided it was (long) overdue to give her bedroom a more grown up makeover.
She and I spent a few months going back and forth on the design, and finally settled on a plan that we both loved -- one that could grow with her and not become too "young" anytime soon.
First, we painted the entire room white. I stenciled irregular black dots on two walls in her room (so much cheaper than wallpaper!), and we also replaced the flooring.
I kept most of the big pieces of furniture that we already owned, like her bed and dresser (both from IKEA), an aqua Jenny Lind-style nightstand that I absolutely love, and a few accessories like a cute Pillowfort lamp, her Pottery Barn Teen tassel curtains, and a fun, colorful throw pillow.
I added colorful textiles and accessories that would really pop against the backdrop of black and white. My favorite additions include a new colorful area rug, custom art prints (I turned her artwork from school into oversized prints), a cool peace sign mirror, and a vintage wooden crate that serves as her book nook.