Before & After: A Clever Scalloped Paint Design Gives This Bedroom a Glow-Up

published Jan 1, 2024
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Most teenagers would love the chance to design a bedroom that is exactly their style. With the help of her mom, Kristin Smith Savage, preteen Kylie was able to create her dream escape. The pair made over Kylie’s kid room into a more grown-up bedroom.

“I wanted to give my daughter a fresh start,” Savage says. “The best way to do this was a bedroom refresh.”

Bedroom Glow-Up

The pair’s DIY makeover mission was to turn the existing bedroom, which was adorned with pastels and flowers, into a preteen’s oasis. New paint really helped make the transformation possible. Savage and her daughter created a scalloped wall design with Sherwin-Williams’ Berry Bush and complemented that with a lighter shade, Sherwin Williams’ Gardenia. “The biggest change was the painting,” Savage says.

The mom-and-daughter duo also assembled a gold Novogratz Camilla Canopy Bed and topped it with a black-and-white duvet from IKEA. The color palette is eclectic and bold, with enough neutral moments to bring it all together cohesively.

One thing Savage learned during the bedroom redo is to be open to changing your mind. “My daughter absolutely hated this wallpaper I picked; halfway through the install, she said, ‘Mommy, I don’t like it,’” Savage says. So, she took down the wallpaper and then continued in the process of updating the room. “If I didn’t take this advice myself, her room would not have turned out amazing,” she says. 

Technical Upgrades

Beyond all of the fun aesthetic changes, the bedroom’s windows, electrical outlets, and drywall required more functional work. “Measuring the windows, I went to YouTube University, [and] demoing was pretty easy,” Savage says. “The problem was the installation; I had to call in a professional.”

Luxe gold-colored curtains, a gold Azalea Park Filigree Floor Mirror from Sam’s Club, and a checkered black-and-white rug helped finish this room’s glow-up. From the paint and decor to the new windows and electrical, this makeover cost about $3,000.

“I was able to give [Kylie] space to relax, and she still has enough space to be a kid,” Savage says. “My daughter genuinely loves her new room.”