Alane Dent of Fairfax Station hasn’t redecorated her daughter Lauren’s bedroom since she was a toddler. Lauren, now 8, no longer loves the pink walls and wants the room to reflect her style, which she describes as “Disney Channel funky.” The dresser and desk must stay.


Designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey suggests painting the dresser and desk Benjamin Moore’s White Dove and adding red and green accessories. By shifting the furniture against the wall, she creates a lively, open space that’s perfect for sleepovers.

Cavin-Winfrey (703-549-2449) is based in Alexandria.

Build a color scheme through accessories. Add red accents with a chair, lamps or shelves.

Maximize wall space. Kids love to decorate with photos and books, so include plenty of shelving to keep things organized.

Alane Dent and her daughter Lauren, 8. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Hang a mirror to make the room look larger. Paint it white to match the desk and bed frame.

Move the bed against the wall for an open floor plan. This will come in handy during slumber parties.

Don’t be afraid to DIY. Paint the dresser white and add red knobs to stay consistent with the space’s new look.

Splurge on an extra chair and ottoman to create a reading area.

A fresh coat of paint is a cheap way to get big change. Walls are Benjamin Moore’s Crystal Springs.


Furniture: Window daybed in white ($449) and spindle back armchair in Tomato ($169), both from www.westelm.com ; Piazza gingham chair ($899, www.cb2.com).

Lighting: Tripod floor lamp ($60, www.target.com).

Accessories: Red chevron modern cabinet knobs by FeatherAndWind ($6.50 each) and mini ottoman pouf stool in blue-white chevron by Zeldabelle ($85), both from www.etsy.com ; Lack wall shelves in high gloss red ($17 each, www.ikea.com); Linear Wood 10-piece frame set in black ($21, www.target.com); Crayola window crayons ($5, www.orientaltrading.com).


Hudson reversible swing arm lamps in polished nickel ($588 each, www.circalighting.com).

Tolin bed linens by John Robshaw (quilt no longer available, pillows are $85-$200 each, www.neimanmarcus.com).

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PS 2012 wall lamps in red ($50 each, www.ikea.com).

Eivor Leva duvet cover and pillow-cases ($40, www.ikea.com).

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