Pink, Pink & More Pink
My daughter has gone through every phase of bedroom styling a child 0-13 can go through. Now, a young teen, it shouldn’t have been such a shock when she declared she wanted to eliminate the color pink from her room and go with something more simple and sophisticated. Her baby room was in shades of pink camouflage, with light pink velvet drapery and soft pink walls. Her toddler room was fairy themed in glittery shades of pink. At 7 we fancied up her walls a warmer pink and hand-painted a variety of oversized circles in various shades of pink above her headboard. At 10 years old she announced she was over “baby pink” and wanted a blue room. We repainted her walls a very light teal blue color by Sherwin Williams called Blue Horizon and found a stunning hot pink comforter that reversed to a tangerine orange.
And Then it Happened!
At the tender age of 13 my daughter said something I never thought I’d hear her say. She told us she was over the color pink all together. It’s for babies, she shared.
The Power of Pink
Clearly this was just a misstep. I mean, pink is the single color that has made its mark throughout history. Let’s start with Marilyn Monroe’s iconic bubblegum pink dress she wore while singing, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”. Or, Molly Ringwald’s hand-sewn pink prom dress in “Pretty in Pink”. How about Reece Witherspoon’s signature hot pink court suit in “Legally Blonde”, or Baby’s pink chiffon dress in “Dirty Dancing”? Glenda, the Good Witch, wore a pale pink tulle gown in The Wizard of Oz, and Barbie, the plastic princess who can do it all, not only wears pink but drives pink cars! It would be a sin to fail to mention Jacqueline Kennedy’s famous pink cotton candy wool boucle Chanel suit she wore the day of her husband, President John F Kennedy’s, assassination.
Say It Ain’t So!
So, with tears in my eyes (oh, I won’t sugar-coat it…there was a lot of drama involved in this one) I begged her to keep the pink. This, after all, was just a fad she was going through. I reminded her that pink is timeless. It was suggested that we remove a couple of hot pink and tangerine orange accessories, because surely, that was what was throwing her off! But, no…she wanted the pink forever gone! Piece-by-piece I watched her slowly place each of her pink accessories outside her door. She folded up her hot pink bedding and brought it to the guest room (because if you don’t know, this is where everything “in waiting” goes). Her room sat naked (still with the pretty Blue Horizon walls). No other colors, but the light grayish teal blue walls and a white duvet that now adorned her bed.
The mission was clear. NO MORE PINK! It seemed as thought the damage was done. Obviously I spent the last 13 years tainting my daughter on the color “pink” alone. She despised it at this point. After nearly three weeks of waiting for her to change her mind I realized that this was for real.
Of course, if you know me at all, you know I was already redesigning her room in my head. Fresh canvas in place I was itching at filling it up with bright colors and bold patterns. I called her over to my computer with a design plan in mind. She sat and listened while I pitched my “theme”. Pitch over, she stood quietly and stared me in the eyes. I could tell she wanted to make me happy, but she just wasn’t feeling my design.
Time To Get Over It!
For the first time ever my daughter wanted something different from what I wanted. If I ever had plans of winning the “Mother of the Year” award I would need to hear her out. She gently explained to me that she was envisioning a subtle room with simple decor and no bold patterns. She liked the light teal gray on her walls, loved the current mirrored accessory trend and wanted to incorporate her love for animals. Nothing more, nothing less. Me…well, it just meant that I was gong to have to find a new place to infuse the color pink. Sorry Mike, hope you like the new blush-colored living room pillows!
Mirrors, Animals and the Color Teal
We made our way over to Home Goods and immediately fell in love with these canvas animal prints. The frames were not the right color so we painted them gold. We also found this gorgeous Tahari mirrored desk. Remember that Pink and tangerine comforter that she had? Well, while at Home Goods she found these dark teal linen pillows and a long rectangular tassel pillow with all the right colors and a great blend of textures. I headed to Walmart and purchased a couple of bottles of liquid Rit Dye and dyed her bedding a rich tie-dye blend of teals and dark blue to match her pillows. Wayfair has these fabulous mirrored chests that we purchased to use as nightstands. the square mirrors above her nightstand are from Arhaus.
Keeping the Old!
We kept the large teal blue clock and chenille teal bench we bought a while back from Home Goods because it still matched her room. Additionally, she had a large collection of dream catchers she loved. We kept the one hanging over her window (made with beautiful gem stones by a local Native American tribe) and decorated her desk wall with three more. Her white velvet drapery contributed to her “simple and sophisticated” look and although she really wanted a new bed, I talked her into keeping her old Pottery Barn Valencia sleigh. This was it! This was all she wanted. I do, actually really love the way it turned out. It’s very simple and clean. What matters most is that it was inspired by her and she is happy…very happy! Check it out below:
Our young teenage daughter’s room is exactly as she wants it- simple and sophisticated. It wouldn’t be right to not include our little furry boy, Whiskey. He is her buddy and loves hanging out in her room. Did you notice that I was able to sneak in pink tulips for the photo shoot? She gave me the stink-eye, but didn’t make me remove them. I think she secretly likes them because they’re still there. Maybe I didn’t ruin her after all. 🙂