Before and After: Bold Color Gives a Shared Girls’ Room New Life

published May 13, 2019
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(Image Credit: Gill Corrigan)

White doesn’t have to mean trite. Paired with a joyful neon color scheme, a white room can be an honest delight. Gill gave her girls’ “small and dark” room a colorful makeover to make the space feel entirely modern—and still kid-appropriate.

“It is a shared room for our two daughters, and while we were desperate to lighten and brighten the space, we also wanted to ensure it appealed to both a 6-year-old and a 6-year-old,” Gill says. Before, the room had “a musty cream carpet and yellowed cream wall, which were our top priority to change.”

(Image Credit: Gill Corrigan )

But they were eager to enhance a few great features, like the high ceilings. The solution? White walls and a serious dollop of color. “Our daughters are two very vibrant characters, and we wanted to give them a light, bright, and stimulating space,” Gil says. They used leftover paint for the walls, and Gill’s husband installed light wood flooring to accent the breezy feel.

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Of course, keeping the space from feeling too white required some careful thought. They installed bold, neon-patterned, watercolor-inspired removable wallpaper, which was “bright and showed off the super-high ceilings,” Gill says. She was a wallpaper novice, but installation was “very straightforward,” she says. “It took me only four hours to completely transform the wall and create the effect of a mural.”

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“I’m absolutely delighted with the room,” she says. “It’s bright and bold and, most importantly, the girls love it.”

Thanks for sharing, Gill!