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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

Wall color: 'Super White' OC-162 by Benjamin Moore;

Vintage desk: Craigslist; refinished in 'Blazing Orange' by Benjamin Moore;

Vintage brass lamp: Salvation Army;

Black Paper New Drum Lamp Shade, $43-59 depending on size by Shades of Light;

Duvet Cover: Ikea;

Euro Shams: 'Bang Bang' in ketchu, $78 by Jill Sorensen Collection;

Wall hanging: handmade 'suncircle' with dried palm leaves, $199 by CB2;

Wallpaper: Serena and Lily;

Rug: Kate Spade for West Elm;

Desk chair: vintage Thonet from Salvation Army;

Armchair: vintage Queen Anne ball-and-claw feet; trash find

Black-and-white chair pillow: kuba cloth-inspired by Nate Berkus for Target;

Art prints: photocopied Tintin covers and framed in Ribba frames, $9.99 by IKEA;

Tribal Carved Wood Accent Table, $169.99 by World Market;