Sets of twin beds always make me think of girlie cliches — miles of pink toile and words like "dream" in swirly script. That may be all well and good if you're decorating a 2 year old's room, but grown-up rooms probably require a little more staying power and a little less frill.
Twin beds are a go-to option for many shared sibling and guestrooms, and these are a few of my favorite ideas for squeezing out many years of use without a decorating overhaul.
&bulll; 1 Classically Domino, this bedroom's bold color combination and graphic rug make the rest of the room's traditional elements seem a little edgy.
• 2 This one hails from the Atlanta Symphony Associate's 2010 Decorator Showhouse. It was designed by Yvonnne McFadden and Helen Marie Rutter. It was Darryl Carter's (tragically way out of my price range) sconces for Urban Electric that originally made me stop in my tracks when I saw this room. However, there are many other elements worth discussing, such as the wall color: Benjamin Moore's Rockport Gray, that add a lot of sophistication to this boys' room.
• 3 Another Domino favorite, this room's classic decor and girlier elements are tempered by a generous use of gray.
• 4 Although its individual pieces are more formal than my normal preferences, this Eddie Ross bedroom always makes me swoon when I see it. All its elements are formal and refined, but the neutral palette punctuated by splashes of contemplative blues make keep this room from feeling stuffy. Instead there is something elegantly moody and relaxing about it.
• 5 I love this bold, slightly over the top bedroom featured in Lonny. The bold black and white stripes and vibrant orange headboards create a lively balance.