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Decorating your bedroom allows you to define a style that suits your personality and budget. This is a guide about decorating a bedroom.
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By 0 found this helpful
April 14, 2008

My boyfriend just bought a house which I and my two children will also be staying there. My daughter will have to share her room with my boyfriend's daughter when she comes to stay on the weekend or throughout the summer.

My daughter wants to paint the walls white with polka dots painted on the walls that can be used with a black light. In fairness to my boyfriend's daughter so she doesn't feel left out we said she could also choose. My daughter was extremely upset when she found out she had to share the decorating with someone else.

My boyfriend's daughter mentioned painting her two walls with a red apple/maroon type color and having hearts with a zipper type design through the middle. My daughter about fell over. Also two of the walls have windows in them - one 8x8 approx. and the other 14x14 approx. How can we pull this dilemma together and both of them be happy? My daughter is 14 and his is 11. Please help!

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Susan from Mishawaka, IN

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April 14, 20080 found this helpful

I'm going to give you several ideas, but down at the bottom the best idea is the one with the *** at the front. Pay special attention to this one!

You could hang one or several shower curtain rods from hooks in the ceiling & pull them closed when his daughter stays, as a way to "draw boundaries" & know my sister & I would have LOVED something like this, as we were ALWAYS fighting over whose space was who's.

About the design & the colors. Design the bedroom for the one who lives there permanently, but for colors, go the paint store & pick out 2 each of a BUNCH of paint chips, then give each child a set & see where they go. Tell them they need to find a color they BOTH like, I'm sure there is at least ONE color they BOTH like & tell them if they can't compromise on one color then you'll leave the room WHITE! Now about your daughter, you can do her design in glow-in-the dark paint (which glows under black-light, but is invisible when it's day time). Only turn the black light on when the other child in NOT there. PLUS, she can pull the shower curtain across her part of the room.

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Now, if you decide to use bunk beds instead of 2 single beds (do NOT make them share a larger bed! There would be massive fighting!) If you DO decide on bunk-beds then have your daughters be the bottom, that way she can have privacy (at 14 you do NEED privacy, more than at 11) because you can easily hang curtains around the bottom bunk with HER paint inside & HER black light inside that space. The rest of the room. It's best if you keep it white or they find a color they BOTH like. But if you do curtain off a bottom bunk or a corner for your daughter then you should tell your daughter, well maybe you should let your (stepsister?) have her way a bit since you get to do your own thing in your space. If your daughter wants the top bunk then hang the curtains from the ceiling. OR: You can hang curtains around BOTH of the girl's beds & let them decorate inside the curtains around the bed as they like.

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Also hang a LOW WATT light inside by each bed so the girls can read & study. A low watt light (40 watts or under) because of fire & make doubly sure the light that is hung can't touch the curtains, no matter where the curtains are. Or a fire can easily start. LED lights, florescent lights & rope lighting doesn't get hot. These are your best choices. Like a small florescent light that's meant to go under the kitchen cabinets.

I went through the same exact thing you are when I remarried, but my daughter was 7 & his was 10. But then of course, 3 years later they were 11 & 14. But I have to say, it's easier putting girls together in the same room when they are several years younger, like I did. But the REAL fight came because His daughter wanted all of my husbands attention (& had always gotten it because her mom was dead). She didn't want me in her way. This mellowed out after several years when he finally put his foot down & said to her with conviction: "THIS is now YOUR MOTHER & MY WIFE, GET USED TO IT" . That's all she needed to hear (him finally putting his foot down) & she mellowed out & started getting along with me beautifully & 6 years later when my ex & me divorced (as friends) she was the only child who cried & was sad about the divorce. The other 3 kids could care less. When we put the girls into their room together the color choice was dictated by their wall-to-wall rug (which was unfortunately bright orange shag! YUCK!) So we decided on the colors Peach & Mint.

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That's another way you could go: Have 2 colors, one that's picked by each girl. Like burgundy & pink, or Red & White, or even Red, White & a tiny bit of Blue. Or pink & purple or pink & black. Or a compromise or JUST WHITE as a threat if they can't agree!

---> Here's a good idea: Maybe if you take them to Walmart to look at Bedding they can choose comforters they both like THAT MATCH... Then they can EACH choose ONE color they like from the colors in the comforter... to paint the walls. That way, everything will look great in their room & actually match their comforters. Tell them to also think about the bedrooms carpeting color when they choose the comforter.... Make sure they compromise on the comforter. (tell them "Either you 2 decide on something you BOTH like or I will pick it out MYSELF!). You may have to take them each at different times, because they may purposefully pick something the other hates just to spite the other one.

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*** BEST IDEA YET: Take the girls to Walmart, then send one of them (with your boyfriend) to another isle in the store away from the bedding & Keep one girl with you. Tell the girl that's with you in the bedding isle "Pick out 2 different comforters you like". then send her away to the other isle, then say the same thing to the second girl: "Pick out 2 different comforters you like" (do NOT let her pick only ONE!, make sure she picks out TWO!) and since Walmart only has 4 or 5 different styles of comforters made for girls & teenagers, then the odds are (if each child picks 2 they like) that one of these will match & be the exact same style of comforter that the other child also picked. That way, you can buy the matching comforters that they BOTH liked, then let each child pick ONE color from the comforters (have them pick the color when the other girl isn't around because THEN they might even pick the same color!)

* Don't tell them what you are doing when you go to Walmart & have them choose their own comforters. Just say, "We're looking at comforters today, each one of you one at a time will pick 2 you like", then send the other girl away to a different isle out of ear shot so she won't know what the other girls picked. Then YOU make the final decision. But, Like I said earlier, odds are, they will pick a comforter style the other one also picked.

* When they choose their comforters, remember you're 14 year old will be 17 in 3 years, so try to pick out something she'll like in 3 years... Not to "frilly" & not to "young". Walmart has a lot of "Neon colored Daisy" prints & other "cool teenage" prints & styles of bedding & comforters w/matching wastebaskets & other accessories for a pretty good price.

The main thing is to make sure they clean that room each & EVERY day & especially before the other girl comes to visit the room should be nice & clean for her! (so she feels at home!) Buy them under-the-bed plastic storage totes & other storage containers & MAKE SURE each girl has their OWN closet (we gave our girls the master bedroom) but a closet in the hall or a linen closet will work just fine as long as it's "her own". Just make sure they can keep their clothes separate! Heaven forbid the 11 year old actually wears something that belongs to the 14 year old! Now THAT could bring disaster!

GOOD LUCK! You'll need it, with 2 hormonal girls! *grin*

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April 14, 20080 found this helpful

May I suggest that you keep the walls and drapes and carpet neutral and allow each girl to choose her own set of sheets, bedspread, etc. that match/compliment each girl's taste preference. When the man's daughter comes to spend time with her dad, her bed will reflect her preferences too.

Neither girl need not be divided from each other while shopping and they are both made aware of how the bedroom will be shared before shopping and choosing together and that nobody is allowed to speak out against each others choices. Be fair and treat both girls the same. If one girl gets something extra, then so does the other.

Turn this situation into a fun event and make each girl feel special and very pleased with their choices. This should help bridge the gap of indifferences and perhaps down the road, both girls will be good friends and lessen rivalry between them. It shouldn't matter so much whether the bedspreads match the other bed, but pleasing each girl with her own taste preference in bedding only for starters.

I would wait to buy new drapes or curtains for the room until after the girls have their shopping spree. Maybe you can merge color choices into something really nice in fabric, walls, and carpeting to bring it all together if you don't have to remain neutral toned. This should be your decision as you don't want the room to look wild and crazy.

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April 15, 20080 found this helpful

Paint the room white, pick neutral carpeting. They are 11 & 14, their tastes will change. Let them pick bedding for each bed. and decorate with posters etc.

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By U*u*U (Guest Post)
April 15, 20080 found this helpful

OMGoodness, I'm afraid you're in for a real challenge. The way I see it, of course you want your b/f's daughter to feel "at home" in her fathers house, but it's YOUR daughter who will be living in the room.

Imagine how you would feel if you were told that you were going to live someplace, but had to acquiesce your decor to an occasional visitors taste. There is a world of difference between 14 and 11. Please try to resist the temptation to homogenize these two young individuals into a lump that becomes "the girls". They are strangers to each other, put together not of their own choosing.

I'm all for neutral. If your daughter wants Day-Glo, you might allow her to paint 'glow-in-the-dark' designs on her wall that can only be seen in the dark, or with black light. They have glow paint in most hardware stores. I'd go with a trundle bed, where one can be kept hidden under the other until needed, and perhaps set up just before your b/f's daughter arrives, so that your daughter doesn't have to constantly have her space encroached upon even in the other girls absence.

If you do this, the younger girl can choose her linens and bedspread to reflect her own taste, and not have it be a constant thorn in your daughters side.Assuming you are expecting your relationship to be long-term, I feel that the priority is fostering good will between the girls, and not allowing it to become a power struggle. Please remember that your b/f's daughter has a room at HER primary home that can totally reflect HER taste. This room is all that your daughter has. It's daunting enough for her to have to share space with someone who she, no doubt, considers a "child"

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read up on the psychology of combining a family. There is So much to learn, and there are many ways to help the process go more smoothly for all concerned. I wish you the best of luck.

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April 16, 20080 found this helpful

You could use matching colors for all the graphics. I'd like to point out that this room will not be a good place to study. Too many visual distractions.

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By T (Guest Post)
April 16, 20080 found this helpful

Why do they get any say in the matter? It's YOUR home. Avoid all dilemma and YOU decide (sounds like they'll never agree on anything anyway). I agree with "anbsmommy" - just let them pick the bedding and keep the rest neutral.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 26, 2011

First of all, my time is at a premium. I am a mom of 7 kids, am go to nursing school during the day, and work full-time nights at a local manufacturer. We have been in this house for two years. I still have not started to decorate or coordinate anything in my rooms.

The first place I want to decorate is our bedroom. I have a nice bedroom set with a dark espresso wood-bed, long dresser, two nightstands, and a tall dresser. Also an old long ugly dresser that I hate, but we need it.

My mom also gave me a white goose down comforter for my b-day. I love it, but need to make a duvet for it. I want to create a coordinating look for my bed. I can sew, but do not know how to go about this.

How do I redo this over to make it and make my bedroom a space of sanctuary for me?

By Cathy B.

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November 26, 20110 found this helpful

A lot of people don't have co-ordinated rooms. You can buy duvets ready made. If you don't like the white, which will actually co-ordinate with anything you put with it, I think I have heard of people using two sheets in the size to fit the comorter and sew them up on three sides with right sides facing each other then turn them right side out and sew buttons and button holes on the open side and when you get your comforter inside button the end up so the comforter doesn't slip out. My thought is when I see duvets advertised, is that it would be hard to keep the comforter nice and smooth inside.

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November 29, 20110 found this helpful

My mom always sewed two sheets together for a douvet. She used snaps instead of taking the time to make button holes. She also tacked a large snap to each corner of the comforter and the inside corners of the douvet to snap them together and keep the comfortor from bunching and twisting inside the douvet. The sheet thing works well because you can get matching pillowcases. Lots of sheets are available with pretty print right now if you're not a solids person.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 10, 2010

I am going on holiday to my country and I have got a house and my bedroom has nothing inside, because we just moved in. I have to decorate my whole room; I have only painted the walls dark pink and dark purple. Please may you give me some tips. I am going next month. Thanks.

By Miriam from London

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January 10, 20100 found this helpful

In my opinion I think that black looks really good with other dark colors and you don't want to mix pastels with dark. So maybe like a black Victorian mirror. That would look nice and cute little paintings for the wall. You can also go on google and look for tips on decorating.

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January 10, 20100 found this helpful

I would choose white; it goes with everything. Too much dark is depressing unless you have a lot of natural light to balance.

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

Have you considered a Morrocan or Indian theme for the bedroom? I believe rooms designed with those two countries in mind use jewel colors. I"d use lighter shades of the same colors as the walls.

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

My friend's daughter just painted part of her room dark pink. She used a zebra comforter set to go with it. Throw some purple, bright green, off-white, black, etc. throw pillows, etc, into the room.

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March 4, 20080 found this helpful

I have heard that the bedroom is the last room in the house people decorate. I am moving into a residence with a 'blank' design canvas and have always lived with white walls. I would like to take on a project of decorating my room so that it is warm, inviting, organized, and inspires relaxation.

My other question is how to blend my design so that it merges with a bathroom, and office? What pointers or guidelines should I follow for my 1st 'major' project?

Darci from Littleton, CO

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By shasta (Guest Post)
March 4, 20080 found this helpful

I wish I had time to decorate my room, but if I could I want the same thing as you do , ah, to relax!Soft colors, blue or green are calming, and you could use some fabrics in calming patterns for curtains and maybe to make some covered boxes that match for storage and use a lot of textures you love to make it more your own,I don't have much for shopping where I live but we have a Ross and I find some pretty neat things there so good luck with your room!

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March 4, 20080 found this helpful

If you really want a relaxing room, (this may sound boring) you really need to stick with neutrals like taupe, beige's & other NATURAL colors. If you live where it's always hot, (like Phoenix, southern California, Texas, or Florida) then think "COOL" colors; like a beige with a cool tone added, more of a "grayish" or "bluish" beige), because these colors will "cool the room down". By the same token, If you live in an area where you are deprived of sun (Like Seattle, Alaska, or parts of Canada) Then you'll want a Golden-Beige or neutrals colors with a hint of gold or "warmer" colors. These colors will give the room a BIT more of a brighter "sunny" & less depressing look. Think "Golden-Beige" or "Golden-Tan" vs. "the cooler "grayish beiges".

--> I'd use simple neutral colors like: White, Beige, dark or light Tan, Slate, Heather, Moss, Hunter or Sage, & maybe even a bit of Charcoal, & also a TINY bit of ONE brighter color you really like from nature, like Turquoise or Blue from the sea, or Green or deep or light teal green (from the bottom of the ocean). Use Blue & other bright colors in moderation & make sure the blue is toned down with a bit of "gray". This way the blue will look more "natural" & less "juvenile".

*** Stay away from Red, Orange & Yellow, as these colors are WAY to vibrant (In fact fast food restaurants will use them when they want you to eat fast & LEAVE!) These colors won't be relaxing at all.
* If you really hate natural/neutrals, then you can also go with just white or all pastel colors. It's up to you.

As far as decorating STYLE & DECOR, It's really all about what feels comfortable to YOU. Most people like a simpler, slightly modern "Spa-Like" atmosphere(with hardly any clutter) & maybe you do to. But, If you like more a "Traditional" decor or a "More-is better" Victorian type of decor, then, by all means go for it! It's all about what YOU like! But the key to a RELAXING atmosphere, is "NATURE" because Nature is soothing!.

Think Leaves, & twigs, or Stones laying in a tray of water surrounding candles, & maybe a nice fountain in your room. You could even put a mural on one wall of trees or waves or something of the sort. If you are still having a hard time picturing this, then log on to the web & Google the word "SPAS" or "Luxury Spas". They take a look at the way they've decorated & the colors they've use & grab a clue from these guys, because that's what they do for a living, get people to RELAX...

Be sure to use some plants in your room, be they real or silk! A classy thing is to take an "up" light (under $10) & shine it from the ground to up on the plants foliage, so the leaves reflect on your wall & ceiling. Some people will trace this foliage & paint it as a shadow on their wall.

---> One last thing: Try to include something for each of your 5 senses. For example: candles with a great fragrance (smell), a soft fuzzy throw or blanket (touch), a fountain that sounds like water (hearing). Crystals that sparkle in the sun (visual). Anyway, you get the picture. If you're wondering what fragrance to use, studies show that most people prefer Vanilla (It reminds them of their mother's baking) the second most favorite is the smell of Fruit.

If you wear perfume, then your rooms' scent should not clash with your perfume. I had a friend who would shake a bit of her favorite scented power at the foot of her bed under her sheets & they always smelled so good & not to strong.
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About merging your bathroom & offices decor. You need not have the same style, but you'll need to include some of the main color from one room to the other, IF you CAN see one room when you're in the next. If you CAN'T see one room when you're in the next, you don't HAVE to include one of the other rooms' colors, but if you can, it looks best if you do.

Here's an example: Let's say you've decided to use the color Tan as your main color in your bedroom & you've chose hunter green for your office. Well, your office could include a bit of Tan in it as an accent. Or, visa-versa. Also: When you use color in a room, try to use it in at least 3 or 4 different places, that are spaced all around the whole room. If your accent color (which is usually brighter, but not always) was Burgundy, or Charcoal Gray, you'd not want it on only one side of the room, but blended around the whole room!

*It's best to choose your fabrics & bedding & shower curtains FIRST, before you choose your paint colors, because paint can always be mixed to match anything! Pick colors that make YOU happy & everything will fall into place. Here's a money saving tip: Buy your "BIG-TICKET" items in neutral colors, this way if you get board with your color pallet, you can always change your less expensive accent pieces.

I did this when I purchased my couch, I chose a deep hunter green because I know that I like flowers & nature & this color of green is in practically everything in nature. I can easily go from a Hunter green, brown & tan decor, to a hunter, lavender & purple or Hunter & Burgundy & Rose at Christmas.

* As far as bathroom fixtures & metal lamps & such, the rule of thumb is this: Silver & Aluminum is for more "Modern" & contemporary decorous, gold is for traditional & Copper & Black Metal& (like iron work) is for more "old fashioned" & "Ranch" style decors.
Hope this Helps!

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By Janice Hartenhoff (Guest Post)
March 7, 20080 found this helpful

I would keep the wall colors soft , as bright colors can make it difficult to relax. You can always use the brighter colors as accents, as in throw pillows, flowers arrangements, etc. Also to make it relaxing at night, you can place a bowl of lavender potpourri on the nightstand.

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By Emma (Guest Post)
March 16, 20080 found this helpful

The most relaxing bedroom I've ever had was painted a pale gray/amethyst. When that gorgeous pale purple twilight sky appeared outside my bedroom window, the walls blended in seamlessly and it felt as if the entire room was outside. In the daytime, it was a soothing pale dove looking color. I think the official name of the paint color WAS twilight, in fact.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 19, 2010

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

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful

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!

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July 5, 20100 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
June 17, 2016

My room looks unlike my usual areas, the bed is in a different spot, but I can't get the rest of room to 'balance'. I've lived here 15 years, but it's just not roomy. I unable to have knick knacks in pleasing areas. I can't afford a decorator, but need help badly!

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January 2, 20020 found this helpful

I am 14 years old. I want to decorate my room. It is not so much that I need help decorating, just that I need help with the color schemes. My bed spread is a magenta/maroon color, but it still has a hint of pink in it. But I don't know what color I should paint my walls and ceiling to contrast with it. I don't want boring colors, I want funky colors. Like yellow, orange, and other bright colors like that. But they have to contrast with my bed spread! But I don't know what. Help please! Thank you.

By Katie

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February 17, 20100 found this helpful

Well orange definately and maybe green bright lime green. I don't know really I just stick with my three favorite colors.
Tropical Hideaway
Lilac Purple
Lime Green
and those are really bright except for the Trop.
but I would go with something like:
Pink
Green
Orange
Hope I helped

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January 26, 20150 found this helpful

My room has white walls, with mahogany/maroon curtains and dressers. I have a blue bookcase as well. How can I spice it up a bit without my room looking too patriotic?

By Gabby

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November 15, 20130 found this helpful

I have a sizeable master bedroom. I had the whole house including bedrooms painted with a simple base off white colour (looks creamish). I have a large matte black headboard with matt black side tables. The curtains I have yet to decide. The carpet is a black/dark redish colour, and the cupboards are white.

I'm dying to get some life into this. I would like a rich deep red somewhere. I can also put in some scatter shag rugs.

By Phil D

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July 27, 20130 found this helpful

I'm 14 and I have no idea how to do it. I'm a complete girly girl I love lavender and Austin Mahone, so please help. My mom is asking me what I what to do to my room. I also like chic. Thank you so much for your time.

By Shayla N

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May 28, 20130 found this helpful

I want to have a colorful zebra room. How do I do it?

By Myka E.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 25, 2012

We have recently had new siding put on our house and closed some windows. Any ideas for the inside besides just drywall and paint? Perhaps adding shelves, mirrors, etc ?

By Debbie

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September 29, 20091 found this helpful

First off, I am 14 years old. I want to decorate my room. Not so much I need help decorating, just that I need help with the color schemes. My bed spread is a magenta/maroon color,but it still has a hint of pink in it. But I don't know what color I should paint my walls and ceiling to contrast with it. I don't want boring colors, I want funky colors. Like yellow, orange, and other bright colors like that. But they have to contrast with my bed spread. But I don't know what? Help please. Thank you.

Katie

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How to decorate my room?

Light Green. I had that color combo for years. I have just changed to gold, black, and leopard. (01/03/2002)

By rzbbw

How to decorate my room?

A golden orange and lime green are my daughter's recommendations. She's into bright funky colors.

(01/04/2002)

Susan

How to decorate my room?

I don't know if Katie wants the colors to coordinate, to contrast, or to clash. She says contrast, and the ones she mentions certainly do that. Some of them would almost certainly also clash. But if she means she wants something that will contrast but not clash, it is a little more of a challenge.

Some good colors to go with magenta are not the same as good colors for maroon. Magenta is a hot color that goes well with orange-red, turquoise, kelly, goldenrod, eggshell, and the other colors of a Mexican color palette. Maroon is a reddish-purple with a brownish quality, rather like burgundy, but a little brighter. It looks well with colors like hunter green (or something just a bit lighter than hunter, perhaps dark pistachio, depending on how dark a maroon), royal blue, just maybe with old gold or a beige-tan.

For the hot Mexican theme including magenta, I'd recommend neutral walls, and lots of eye-popping colors on accessories. Maybe one wall could be painted a bright color, or blocks of color could be applied to the walls, and of course, the trim can certainly be brilliant colors, but the effect really requires a significant amount of neutral, like the natural stucco color that is so prevalent. If this is the color scheme, then the southwest style is very appropriate and will be available in the right colors. For the best effect, I'd want to use several versions of off-white, such as oatmeal, cream, ecru, and so on to distinguish one neutral object from another. Since the haut decorators were using colors of this sort just a season or two ago, you might find the right accessories on clearance. Wood tones would be either oak or very dark browns, almost black. For the warm and somewhat less exuberant maroon plus whatever, again some neutral is important to avoid a too busy effect. Anything from white to light tan might work as the background color. Oak is a good wood tone with this, and rattan is good.
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Rose B

How to decorate my room?

Go to a paint store and have them show you a color wheel. Choose a color opposite the colors of your bedspread perhaps. You might want to lighten the color so it isn't overwhelming.
A poster above the bed echoing the bedspread colors might lend pizazz. (09/14/2006)

By Elizabeth

How to decorate my room?

Well Im 15 and just moved, and I could not stand white boring walls. I painted them all pink. It is in between the color of watermelon and hot pink. My bedspread is black and white (reversible). I put my favorite band posters on a wall since I love emo/rock music and then I put my dance pictures on the other walls (I am a ballet dancer) and it looks good. Another idea is choose a color (your fav) to paint your room and learn to make your own duvet cover so you can change the theme of your room anytime. (07/28/2007)

By Em

How to decorate my room?

I moved into a new house about 3 months ago and I had a paint party. I invited all me new friends over and we splatterd the walls with different colors it was awesome, then I went to Sears and bought cheap, but cool stuff my room is way better than the old one. (10/02/2007)

By cutie bunny

How to decorate my room?

You should go with a star theme/Hollywood. Paint your walls hot pink and add some glittery silver stars to them. Paint your old bed and furniture gold. Add some sheer curtains in a lighter pink than the walls. Also add a star beaded curtain and hang it on the window or on your wall. (01/02/2008)

By Layonda

Here's how you should do your room:

Here is how you should do your room:

If you like outdoors and are looking for some color to paint you room try this: paint the lower parts of your room a bright green the pait the higher part of you walls and your ceiling plain blue. Then you take a paint roller dip it it in white and dab white spots all over your ceiling for clouds. If you walls look to boring put a stripe of wallpaper around the room right above the green. My friend did this with her room and it looks really cool.

If your a funky girl who is need of some bright colors try this: paint you walls orange and hot pink. Then take paint markers and stencil in you name, flowers, or maybe even the year. (You should be able to get the stencils and paint markers at your local craft store.) If your walls still look bare you can take all your family, friends, and your pets pictures and put them on your wall. They will no only make your walls less bare but they'll brighten up your room and make you smile every time.

Hope I could help.
(01/26/2008)

By Jocelyn

20 ways to organize and restyle your room:

Bored of you room? Want to give it a new look? Well here are some ways to brighten up your room and organize it without total change:

  1. Decorate your room in fun pictures or posters. (not too many, you don't want your room to look cluttered)
  2. Take your multicolored hair bands and stretch them around a jar then us the jar to hold pencils.
  3. Put a few of your favorite stuffed animals on your bed (perhaps ones that match with your bedspread) tie colorful patterned ribbons around their necks.
  4. Make a funky bulletin board by gluing pom-poms to a plain cork board.
  5. Take a plain picture frame and and decorate the inside of the frame with plastic jewels and other decoratives to make your photos a litter brighter.
  6. Line the inside of your dresser drawers with wrapping paper.
  7. Take a regular ice cube tray and fill it with your little extras such as hair pieces, tacks, paper clips, rubber bands, etc.
  8. Hang streamers from you window.
  9. Put Christmas lights around a potted plant.
  10. Use foam and stencil out the first letter of your name decorate it with fake gems, pop out stickers, etc. Then hand it on your wall.
  11. Replace your light bulb with a colored one.
  12. Burn a scented candle to give your room a warm homey affect.
  13. Make a collage of all your favorite colors and hang it on your wall.
  14. Use an old cereal box to cut of the top at an angle. Cover the outside in wrapping paper and use it to store your magazines.
  15. Using 3 match boxes cover them in different wrapping papers, glue a fake jewel to each end and for the finishing touch tie a ribbon/piece of yarn around the three boxes. Now you have a small set of drawers to hold your stickers and other small items in.
  16. Use a shower caddy to store you CDs in.
  17. Take a cookie sheet and cover the inside with wrapping paper. Decorate the outside with rhinestones. Now you have a magnetic board to put memos on.
  18. Take a 1 in. by 1 in. sticker, stick it to a piece of paper and cut the paper into a circle. Then take a clear stones that you would use in a fish tank. (for smaller stickers use smaller stones) Glue the stone on top of the paper and glue a magnet on the bottom of the paper. When it dries you'll have a cool magnet. (You can buy the magnets and possibly the stones and your craft store, but if you can't find the stones there look where they would sell fish tank items. They probably wouldn't have them at a pet store.)
  19. Take empty candy tins and decorate the tops of them with scrap booking paper. Label each one so you know what's inside. Glue strong magnets to the back of the tins. Then take a metal ruler and attach the tins on and hang the ruler on the wall. Then whenever you need something you can just pull he tin off.
  20. Use a suction cup soap holder to stick to your mirror and hold all your hair accessories such as clips,hair scrunchies, and perhaps even your hairbrush.
(01/26/2008)

By Jocelyn

I KNOW HOW TO DECORATE!

Decorating is easy. Here are some steps that I made up to help everyone.

  1. Go online or to a store and buy bedding that you think is totally you.
  2. Find a color in the bedding that is not used much (not a "main" color) and use that same color for your walls, maybe tone it down a bit so it is not too bright.
  3. Keep your other furniture simple and "in the color scheme" (keep in mind that white furniture will go with pretty much any colors you choose for everything else.)
  4. Keep it simple so you can decorate your walls later with things that match your personality.
  5. Before you go through with everything, draw a picture with color to make sure you are really going to like it.
  6. Have fun.

Some good color schemes ( you can add white):

  1. blue, green, purple
  2. pink and purple
  3. pink and orange
  4. black and pink
  5. green and yellow
  6. red and black
  7. pink and brown
  8. blue and brown

Keep in mind that it is good to stick with a color scheme, but you can add cool pops of color like a shiny silver lamp or some bright colored pillows. Try and stay away from white walls. (03/13/2008)

By Em

How to decorate my room?

I was thinking a neon green with pink polka dots. (04/24/2008)

By Lydia

How to decorate my room?

You can do something with bold colors like deep purple's. You can match it with brown pillows to give a loungy feel. I put a mantle I got from Habitat for Humanity in my room. It gave it a sophisticated and cool feel. (04/25/2008)

By Massie

redecorating

If you're looking for cheap, easy ways to redecorate your room, try cutting out fashion ads/photo shoot pages from magazines and sticking them on a wall or door, all aligned with no gaps.

It looks amazing. I have it on my door and the corner of 2 of the walls above my bed. I also find awesome things at $2 shops such as pirate flags and fake flowers and just stick them anywhere they'll fit. My room is all brown, but I managed to make it super colorful and it still looks good. (12/01/2008)

By Leara

How to decorate my room?

I personally love pink and black. Since my parents won't let me paint my walls black I'm doing a neon pink with black paint for quotes on my wall. Like a quote I put up from Gerard Way was something like "no matter what anybody says to you, no matter what anybody does to you, you stay who you are" -Gerard Way (12/22/2008)

By Mcrluver

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July 20, 20100 found this helpful

I have a bamboo shade that I want to hang above my bed instead of a head board. I am puzzled at to what decorations would go with this or what colors? Any one have any ideas?

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