Teen Bedroom Designed with Room to Grow
Text and styling by Charlotte Safavi
Photography by Helen Norman
This colorful teen room is an exclusive look into another space from the home of designer Danielle Sigwalt (who was featured in the April 2019 Better Homes & Gardens issue). She shares what makes this room unique, how she went about designing something that fit her 'growing into his teens' boy, and where to source some of these amazing products for your own home.
"I'd definitely call my style global eclectic," says interior decorator Danielle Sigwalt, whose teenage son Charlie's room sports a framed collection of French Tintin book covers and a one-of-a-kind headboard wrapped in a vintage Oriental kilim. "Charlie was entering his teen years when I did this room, so I wanted a masculine room he could grow into, with playful touches," she adds.
Instead of painting the entire room navy-blue—an idea she'd originally liked but felt would be too heavy—Sigwalt wallpapered a feature wall in dark blue, with a tonal scalloped design, against which she popped a vintage desk that she refinished in glossy orange.
"The desk was only $10 from Craigslist," she adds of her thrift and passion for recycling. "But the reading chair was a roadside find! They are so different in style, but I find when things are matchy-matchy, design becomes stagnant. I like a little imperfection."
In her characteristic boho fashion, Sigwalt had the armchair reupholstered in an African textile brought back from an overseas trip by a friend. "I love the marriage of the traditional English chair and its' ball-and-claw feet, with the totally unexpected textile. It's all about finding balance and creating harmony."
"I'm a true believer that art can be found everywhere and doesn't have to be expensive," says Sigwalt. Case in point, framing Xeroxed book covers in inexpensive IKEA frames.
In the same DIY spirit, she lacquered the ball-and-claw feet on the armchair to make it feel more contemporary.
The African block-print textile on a traditional armchair pops unexpected color and pattern into the reading nook.
The kuba cloth-inspired pillow in a tribal print picks up its black-and-white palette from the rug, while working with the armchair's equally bold, yet colorful, upholstery.
The woven wall-hanging and the kilim headboard add organic and tribal elements.
Sigwalt replaced the blah hardware on the vintage desk with brass Greek key drawer pulls to add shine and sophistication. What she calls a touch of glamor.
The room's primary palette of blue, yellow and red is tempered by black-and-white touches and large-scale geometrics that can stand up to it, while being neutral - for example, as found in the striped area rug or polka dot bedding.
"Balance is a word I use often with clients, as it is a pretty strong philosophy in design for myself," she says. "Balance of texture, pattern, shape, color, age, and even cost."
Shop the Look!
Danielle Sigwalt Interiors www.daniellesigwalt.com
Wall color: 'Super White' OC-162 by Benjamin Moore; https://www.benjaminmoore.com
Vintage brass lamp: Salvation Army; www.salvationarmy.com
Black Paper New Drum Lamp Shade, $43-59 depending on size by Shades of Light; https://www.shadesoflight.com
Duvet Cover: Ikea; www.ikea.com
Euro Shams: 'Bang Bang' in ketchu, $78 by Jill Sorensen Collection; https://jillsorensenlifestyle.com
Wall hanging: handmade 'suncircle' with dried palm leaves, $199 by CB2; www.cb2.com
Wallpaper: Serena and Lily; www.serenaandlily.com
Rug: Kate Spade for West Elm; www.westelm.com
Desk chair: vintage Thonet from Salvation Army; www.salvationarmy.com
Armchair: vintage Queen Anne ball-and-claw feet; trash find
Black-and-white chair pillow: kuba cloth-inspired by Nate Berkus for Target; www.target.com
Art prints: photocopied Tintin covers and framed in Ribba frames, $9.99 by IKEA; https://www.ikea.com
Tribal Carved Wood Accent Table, $169.99 by World Market; https://www.worldmarket.com