The Seattle Showhouse may have wrapped in January, but that hasn’t stopped people from talking about the great ideas that made it such a success – and today we caught up with Katja O’Brien to talk more about her contribution and style.
Ms. O’Brien, a Decorist Classic Designer, designed the girl’s bedroom in the Seattle Showhouse (pictured above), and she was kind enough to share her tween room styling tips with us in this two-part series.
James: Let’s start with where you would begin the design process for a tween room. If we’re doing a top-to-bottom update, what happens first?
To balance a classic headboard and bedframe, add whimsy by selecting something like a hanging chair to do homework in, listen to music or sit with friends. It keeps the room feeling young and playful, with style.
James: So, it all starts with the bed. I’m trying to think back to my bedroom as a kid, and feel like I remember the color most …
Katja: Bedding is a great way to add color and texture. Use accent pillows to reflect your tween’s favorite colors, and switch them out when your growing teen wants a more sophisticated look.
If your tween loves a certain color, add variations of that color into her room. Not everything needs to match perfectly, but colors should be cohesive. This will create a look that lasts longer.
James: I know we’ve got a lot more to discuss in Part 2, but what’s one thing you would pair with the bed if a DIY designer out there was refreshing on a budget?
Katja: An area rug at the end of a bed is a fabulous way to add warmth and texture. It is an accessory you can switch out easily to reflect your child's growing aesthetic in pattern and color.
James: Thanks, Katja!
And, for those of you out there, check back tomorrow for our follow-up to see how Katja brings these statement pieces together in a stylish and versatile tween room.