In this stylish, rustic bedroom, Minnesota based design firm Martha O’Hara Interiors took the masculine edge off a reclaimed wood ceiling and stone fireplace with contrasting fabrics. Details including the plush neutral bedding and the country plaid curtains add softness and a sense of balance to the room. There is no need for a traditional end table when you have tree stump you can paint half white. The small wing chair on the right may not seem like a typical choice for a rustic bedroom, and that's the point. It lends sophistication while providing a practical purpose.
However, most parents don't have the funds to lavishly decorate their child's bedroom, nor should you spend your hard-earned cash on furniture, bedding and decor that has inflated mark-ups and little long-lasting value. Truth is, you can create a fabulous room for your teen without going broke in the process - or even without spending much money at all.
Many DIY decorators start with wall color and move on from there, but it is much easier to find paint to match the bedding than vise versa. If you don't have existing bedding for your teenager's room, start there. And never pay full retail! Use our savings tips when shopping stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target or IKEA, or search for new bedding on sites such as Ebay or Overstock. Great deals can be found on quality bedding if you take the time to look.
Transform a neutral bedstead with a floral duvet and pillowcases. Finish with a wool throw in a paler sky hue for an elegant look. To make your room feel larger and brighter, paint the walls in a chalky off-white or pale shade of blue. For a more dramatic statement try a darker backdrop, which will look gorgeous with bright white and inky blue linens.
We love how this bedroom designed by Regan Baker boasts a bohemian feel despite the statement piece: That large-scale photograph of a traditional yellow bedroom. For a similar look, opt for a high-impact photograph of an interior that both reflects and juxtaposes your own space. And in true bohemian fashion, simply lean it against the wall instead of hanging it.