When Penny told me that she wanted a pink and purple room in her new house, I panicked. For like, a minute. And then I decided to accept the challenge and try to find a way to make her the 4 year old girl bedroom of her dreams, and also a place that I might enjoy spending time in.
Penny’s room is a decent size, so we had some flexibility with furniture arrangement, but priority number one was choosing a paint color. Here is what the space initially looked like:
(And there’s Lucy looking slightly creepy hiding in the closet with Puppy).
Spacious, two windows, a closet- the perfect blank slate. We decided on a very soft lavender color for the walls (Silver Peony by Sherwinn Williams), and it turned out to be the ideal shade for pleasing a purple loving little girl and her neutral loving Mama. After that, it was just a matter of bringing in furniture and accessories to complete the space.
Here is the design board I shared with you previously:
Like Lucy’s room, we strayed a little from the original plan once we started bringing things into the space, but the overall feel still has the color palette and vintage look I was going for. Now let’s get started with our tour, shall we?
And here we are. I found that white metal day bed with a trundle on Craigslist and quickly snatched it up. It was such a great deal, and would be so useful for sleepovers once Penny got a little older. We decided to place it right in front of the window so that it would be the first thing you saw when you walked into the room.
Flanking the bed is a palm plant that just screams “Please lounge with a bowl of grapes beneath my draping leaves.” Above the bed to the left hangs a painting with the perfect purple and pink hues. We have had that painting in various rooms of our various homes for years, and it has never looked so good as it does in Penny’s room.
The bedding stayed mostly neutral in white and cream tones for flexibility, but I used the opportunity to bring in some color in the throw pillows. Can a day bed ever have enough throw pillows?!
I went a little crazy at Target because they happened to have a ton of pillows in our color palette at the time- I just love the soft vintage inspired shades of lavender, dusty pink, and mustard.
You’ll notice the same cordless bamboo shades adorning these windows that showed up in Lucy’s room– I love the texture they bring to the space. Beneath the other window, we placed Penny’s white dresser, and added in a sweet little retro chair with a pink velvet seat beside it (another Craigslist find).
I styled out the dresser with a lamp, picture frame, and plant that Penny picked out herself at the nursery.
To the right is our old record player. Penny was so excited to have one in her very own room, and listens to vintage Disney story books on it all the time.
In the corner, we put a tiered round table for bedtime necessities- a lamp, essential oil diffuser, and a couple other little odds and ends.
On the floor is a basket for stuffed animals, which Penny calls her “friends” (and I hope she continues to do so for a very long time).
On the opposite wall is some cube shelving for more toy storage- Barbies, train sets, legos, you name it.
That antique globe on top of the shelf is still one of my favorite things ever.
On the wall opposite the bed, we hung a pretty sunburst mirror and some book shelf ledges.
There is still plenty of space for play in this room, and the girls sit on the oval jute rug with their books and toys all the time, making shockingly appalling messes at record speed. That is the point though, I suppose.
So there you are! This is such a fun girly space, and I am still shocked that I can love a pink and purple bedroom as much as I do. Penny’s 4 year old dreams definitely came true when she first saw her finished bedroom, and yet I imagine her loving this room just as much 5 or 10 years from now. It is a pretty little room for a pretty little girl to grow up in, and that makes us both very happy.
What do you think? Could you get on board with some pink and purply goodness? Tell me your thoughts!