I'm 18 and just started college. I redid my whole room, from painting my walls to getting a new bedroom set, etc. I want to do my room in a cheetah or cheetah/zebra motif. I need help.
I don't know what to put in my room. I want it to look cute for my age. My walls are like a creamish color and my bedroom set is a cherry wood. There's not much room in my room. Please help me.
By 09bby from Fresno, CA
How about a cheetah or zebra pattern bedspread and some inexpensively framed cheetah and/or zebra photos/posters? You can also find some cheetah and/or zebra nicknack's at stores like Pier 1.
I love your theme! I'd pick one wall and paint the whole thing in the cheetah print or zebra print. Or if you are doing both prints, you could measure 3 large squares (24"x24" or 20x20, whatever size you can fit 3 on, with space in between.) Then, inside those squares you could paint the animal prints....all cheetah, all zebra, or alternate cheetah-zebra-cheetah.
Use blue painters tape to get a clean edge for your squares, and make sure to put the tape on the outer edge to keep the measurement accurate. Then you could buy solid khaki, black and white sheets for your bed and throw pillows. I think it's smarter to keep your bedding and pillows solid and let the walls make the big statement because it's cheaper to paint over the walls in a few years than it is to buy all new bedding. Have fun, be bold!
Get some potted plants, maybe even succulents which are easy to care for; the Jade plant is good. Knicknaks at Pier One is a great idea. You could get a sisal rug there and big bamboo sticks. They used to have a mosquito-style net that hangs over your bed. Those are cool! Look for place mats and napkins on sale that you can use to frame, or hang on your wall to use as a background for a cork bulletin board. You can glue the fabric right over the cork board and make it look custom made. Don't be afraid to hang something from your ceiling, even if it's just a small ornament or wooden animal or paper lantern. I hope you'll post a picture when you finish!
I definitely vote to keep the animal prints limited to pillows or linens. And too much animal print is distracting and sort of kills the focus.
I think a modern approach, due to your age and the cherry wood would work. Choose some black and white prints for the walls. Mirror this with a white/light colored bedding and zebra pattern pillow. Add an accent color in a bold, graphic print. Repeat the accent color in the room at least 3 times: a bedside lamp, a small rug, some items on the dresser top.
Add some natural accents like bamboo shades, a basket, etc. Check out westelm.com, apartmenttherapy.com and pbteen.com for ideas. Good luck!
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