A Couple of Sample Paint Cans Completely Transformed This 9-Year-Old’s Bedroom on a Budget

published Apr 25, 2023
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Credit: Carina Romano

Name: Malia, 9 years old
Room type: Bedroom
As told by: Mom, Taylor Baldwin 

As a natural light photographer, Taylor Baldwin has a strong relationship with sunshine. Just look at her 800-square-foot Philadelphia rental apartment that she shares with her daughter, Malia. One of the initial elements that attracted her to the space was the seemingly endless amount of rays flooding through the rooms.  

Baldwin’s a whiz at capturing natural light behind her camera lens, but she’s also got a knack for bringing brightness to her space through playful design. Whether it’s accent disco balls, colorful artwork, or a fusion of colorful wallpapers — their home feels like a safe, inviting, and happy place to be. “Decorating my home has truly felt like writing a love letter to myself that has endless pages,” Baldwin writes.

Here’s how she transformed her daughter’s room with the help of a few sample pan cans:

1. She hand-painted a mural on the white wall.

Baldwin used multiple Sherwin-Williams sample paints (in the HGTV Home colors “Camille Pink,” “Brushed Orange,” “Dandelion Wish,” and “Serious Violet”) to create an accent wall by freehand painting several rainbows onto the white background, similar to this animal-themed mural. The bright colors complement Malia’s blue, velvet headboard, pink comforter, and hanging rope rainbow trinket from Target.

Credit: Carina Romano

2. Darker furniture and artwork tones complement and accentuate the bright design.

Bright colors within the mural also complement the other accents dotted throughout Malia’s bedroom. A brown-colored flower pot embellished with a smiling face from Target, a tan wicker desk chair, and bright artwork by Thee Bouffants that hangs over her desk, all work together to spark whimsical joy.

Credit: Carina Romano

3. She hung a poster on the mural to center the bed along the wall.

The love letter of interior design that Baldwin wrote herself must’ve been meant for Malia, too. Hanging above her bed is a poster that says, “Beautiful girl you can do amazing things.” And it’s true — waking up in this airy, happy bedroom is a great way for a kid to be inspired and ready to take on the day. 

Credit: Carina Romano

Product List

  • Artwork — Thee Bouffants
  • Wall — Rainbow freehand painted by Me DIY. Sherwin-Williams’ HGTV Home colors “Camille Pink,” “Brushed Orange,” “Dandelion Wish,” and “Serious Violet”

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