A short time ago, my 13 years old, Zoe asked if we could give her bedroom a little facelift. I pounced on the idea because I love the opportunity to create, invent and design! My challenge in this case, was what she asked for. “Mom, I really like this whole “tumblr” (not tumbler) look and kinda want to go that direction…Can you we do that!?” I looked back at her rather perplexed thinking, “what the heck is tumblr!?” But for the sake of not wanting to appear outdated or clueless, I said, “are you kidding, heck yea we can do that!”
Well time passed and days went by. Before I knew it, another school year had wrapped up and we were already in the midst of our short summer break! When finally I had the time take on the design challenge, “be tumblr,” Zoe was gone- off the design radar! She had gone to Texas and wouldn’t return for a few weeks. So, without the demands of teenagers and all their friends in my house for a few weeks, I decided to take the “tumblr” challenge on my own. Not only is “tumblr”(like Facebook) a microblogging and social networking website where users can post multimedia stuff and their followers can comment, reply and share, it’s also become a “style” that many of the millennials and (post-millennials) are gravitating to. I will admit, I think it’s pretty cool too.
“Tumbr” is kinda of a personal design story that is written on the walls, floors or even the ceiling of someones space… It’s like a warm, little sanctuary filled with unique textiles that all work together to bring balance and a uniqueness to the space. Eclectic pieces of art, meaningful collectibles and special photos, that create clusters or collages on walls,when paired correctly, work in great harmony to share one’s life story.
Many times in a tumblr-style room, we see romance suspended in the air- strands of sublet, warm carnival lights that might be dripping down from the ceiling or zig-zagged across the walls in effort to promote a peaceful warmth in the space. If Mom or Dad say no to strands of lights, bring in some candles on timers (at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for cheap!) This adds the same effect! Muted and layered rugs anchor the room, while a perhaps soothing tapestry covering (sometimes) an entire wall, promotes balance and simplicity. Don’t forget to incorporate metallics! To ensure that none feel neglected, mix ’em all in because they all go perfectly together. Metallics are a family! If you like silver then choose lots of cooler shades on the color wheel that go with silver (cool blues, light blues, grays, light to medium greens, whites etc). If you love gold, then choose warmer colors such as earthy colors like what you might see in the grand canyon or in a sunset.
My encouragement to the tumblr-decorating teens out there:
1.) Choose your color wisely. Although bright colors are festive and promote energy and stimulate conversation, it’s important to remember that your bedroom is like a private retreat! A softer pallet is soothing! This is a place where you go to reflect, to be quiet, rest/sleep, maybe do homework and have conversation with your friends.
2.) Room with a View… Choose airy, lightweight and/or even transparent curtain panels to flank the windows! This allows tiny (*LED) lighting to been seen when it’s woven through the panels and stretches toward the floor. *LED lighting comes in many colors and tones, plus it doesn’t get hot, so it’s safe for your bedroom!
3.) Peace… To promote a peaceful mind, choose fabric patterns for bedding, rugs and window treatments that are nurturing and gentle on the eyes, mind and spirit!
4.) Work with what you’re got! If you have a cool poster you love, put it in a frame. Print tons of pics of you and your friends and do a few in black and white- all different sizes! Grab a container that’s in the garage collecting dust, clean it and stick a succulent in it! If your mom wants to trash a chair from her living room, move it to your space instead! Throw a blanket over it and add a pillow! Be creative!