Bedroom at a Glance
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 238 square feet (22.1 square meters); 17 by 14 feet (5.1 by 4.2 meters)
Designer: Lieve Saether of Turnstyle Design
Saether considered her client’s style and influences and created three zones: one for studying against a quiet wall; one for hanging out, complete with a cool swinging chair that’s anchored to the ceiling; and one for sleeping, which was the starting point for the room’s design.
Cuzco hanging chair: Urban Outfitters
For a statement piece, she selected a sophisticated wood canopy bed frame, hoping this tween could keep it down the line for her first apartment or future home. Then Saether had fun layering in colorful accents, from patterned pillows to hanging paper pompoms.
Next she reworked the walls, adding shiplap to two for texture and brightness and painting another in a contrasting navy — a soft, unexpected neutral.
The shiplap gives the room dimension, highlighting the height and light in this nook. Saether carefully selected each board. “The softness that wood creates and the brightness of the white are a great palette cleanser and keep the room both fresh and mature,” she says.
“We wanted to bring out the best of the space, which has incredibly high ceilings — just under 13 feet — and lovely windows,” Saether says. “Any child needs light and openness, so emphasizing these attributes was important to us. Kids love intimate spaces where they feel they can curl up.”