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Katja O’Brien: Tween Room Design & Décor, Part I

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?

Katja: When it comes to updating your tween’s room, invest in a classic, quality bedframe or headboard. This will anchor the space and make it her room for now and for the future.

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. 

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