Friday, February 4, 2011
Room for Improvement: Teen Bedroom
As kids get older, there are lots of changes, from school, to work, to even their style. So tonight, our makeover maestro Martin Amado is here to help one high school senior graduate to a bedroom that's more of a grownup style. Let's see Martin get to work on "Room for Improvement."
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Hi guys. Today on 'Room for Improvement,' we are helping a senior in high school update the look of her bedroom. At the moment, the decor still reflects her childhood, and she wants a more modern, sophisticated style. Let's go meet her."
Martin Amado: "OK, Andrea, so I understand you are a senior in high school, about to graduate next year, but you still feel like your bedroom is stuck in the younger years."
Andrea: "Yes. It was more like a light pink color, so I painted this blue and now I'm stuck. I don't know what to do."
Martin Amado: "So, do you trust me? Let's shake on that. I'm going to surprise you at the end."
Martin Amado: "All right, so even though we have the main furniture in the bedroom, Andrea still needs some additional pieces to make the space more functional. The first thing that we are bringing in is a desk for this very corner."
Martin Amado: "It also doubles as a night stand right next to the bed."
Martin Amado: "Nice."
Martin Amado: "Now, here's a good design tip so that you don't make the same mistake. If you notice, the bookcase is actually wider than the wall, so it's completely wrong and out of scale. But by moving it to the opposite side of the room, it's going to look much better."
Martin Amado: "By placing a smaller bookcase instead on this side of the bed, the wall is equally balanced, and I love the surface space that we now have to use as a night stand."
Martin Amado: "I love this lamp. And with this small accent chair right next to the bookcase, we created a cozy little reading area."
Martin Amado: "A good tip to update the look of a traditional dresser is to remove the mirror that's normally attached to the base. Andrea already did that, so good for her, and in its place, I'm installing a full-length mirror on this wall, which gives the room a more modern style."
Martin Amado: "Instead of a cork bulletin board, I installed these glass panels that not only look great on its own, but they also hold photos, and it also doubles as a dry erase board."
Martin Amado: "Now, I'm bringing in the blue from the walls onto the floor with this beautiful area rug, and if you notice, we also have a green accent color that I'm using on the decorative pillows that will go on the bed."
Martin Amado: "And the final touch is a decorative throw here at the foot of the bed. We are done, and I hope Andrea likes her new bedroom space."
Martin Amado: "When we found the bedroom this morning, Andrea had already begun the process of updating the room with a new paint color but still needed help giving it a modern style. With a few accent pieces and accessories in shades of blue and green, we brought everything together for her with a budget of $1,500."
Andrea: "Oh my gosh, and I have the space. It's my room. And the mirror. Oh my God, I love it."
Martin Amado: "So no more little girl's bedroom: a more sophisticated grownup space."
Andrea: "I love it."
Martin Amado: "So thank you so much for letting us do this for you. To all the viewers, we thank you for watching, and we'll see you next time on another 'Room for Improvement.'"