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A girl’s bedroom gets a Swedish cottage style look with thrifted vintage makeovers, Scandinavian wallpaper, and bedding pattern play.

Olivia’s Swedish cottage style blue teen bedroom is finished and is SO DARN CUTE that I just want to move in myself!

blue and mauve Swedish cottage bedroom
bedroom before

Isn’t this bedroom so much more quaint than the day we moved in?

When she was in kindergarten, we gave Olivia’s room a pink makeover with butterflies all over, but now that she’s approaching 5th grade, she requested a “big girl / teen” space. However, she wanted it to look “old school” or, in other words, “vintage”, so a cottage style bedroom felt like the right direction.

Olivia chose the paint color, wallpaper, art, and curtains and then asked me to create the rest to be surprised by the end result. So I ran with it!

Designing girl rooms is one of my favorite things since it takes me back to my years growing up always redecorating my own room when I had a million room ideas in my head and did interior design sketches at the age of 16.

custom art on swedish cottage wallpaper with bedroom desk

Our cousin made that pencil sketch of Olivia when she was 3, so it seemed right to hang it at the door to give it a little spotlight.


The Sandberg Ragnvi wallpaper from Scandinavian Wallpaper definitely adds all of the wow factor that almost feels like a wall mural. The vintage print is a 1920s revival from Sweden, which feels extra special to us since part of our family is from Sweden.

I kept envisioning lots of pattern play in here, so I added a block print faux wallpaper to the ceiling using inexpensive bird decals as a nod to Olivia’s nursery as a baby.

We added beadboard below the chair rail and painted the doors and trim with Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue. It’s such a pretty color!

swedish cottage girls bedroom with pattern play bedding, full length mirror, traditional wood nightstand, and modern lamp


To contrast the floral, I wanted to add a punch of geometric print, so this multicolored plaid rug balanced the vintage wallpaper with a modern touch. It’s so plushy soft and low maintenance, so it’s perfect for a bedroom.

There are so many colors in this rug: dark blue, olive green, rust red, blush pink, amethyst purple, so it allowed me to introduce other colors in the room.


Since this kid’s room is for a 10 year-old girl, I didn’t want to create a space that takes itself too seriously. So I had fun with lots of pattern in the bedding.

This stitched geometric quilt looks and feels like a real vintage coverlet that I paired with this subtle floral duvet cover and down duvet. The taupe gingham pillow and mauve pillows incorporated some warm tones against all of the blue. These yellow embroidered sheets were the perfect final girly touch.

girls bedroom with pattern play bedding, full length mirror, mauve curtains, and modern lamp


To balance the blue tones, I hung these mauve velvet curtains and blackout Roman shades in Bonaire Flaxen.

Even though Olivia was adamant that she wanted absolutely no pink, apparently mauve doesn’t count as “pink”. That’s her logic at least. 😉

girls bedroom with pattern play bedding, full length mirror, mauve curtains, and modern lamps


To save a little of the budget, we kept Olivia’s existing platform bed and just swapped the old headboard for this scalloped headboard. It looks so much like this headboard from Lulu & Georgia for way less.

girls bedroom with pattern play bedding, full length mirror and modern lamp


I looked everywhere for a pair of secondhand nightstands with absolutely no luck, but this pair of classic stained nightstands provided plenty of storage with the modern function of a space in the back to run cords and chargers to a power strip.

These modern brass and rattan lamps added a hint of Scandinavian style too.

traditional wood nightstands with modern headboard in Swedish cottage bedroom

I found this sweet vintage style Bluetooth radio that Olivia has loved cranking up to have dance parties in here with Regan.

blue vintage bluetooth radio on nightstand

Homework Station / Vanity

I found this little desk for $50 on Craigslist, but it needed a lot of love. Once I patched it up, I painted it Sherwin Williams Anew Gray as a much needed neutral against all of the color.

bedroom desk and chair to double as a bedroom vanity

This $15 chair I found at the Habitat Restore and instantly fell for the cute shape and tulip carving detail. I restored the wood, made a new chair seat, and upholstered it using an inexpensive kitchen towel.

The black and brass desk lamp is great for having on study nights, but this setup work well as a vanity whenever she wants to play with makeup too.

bedroom desk and chair to double as a bedroom vanity with mauve curtains
bedroom desk and chair to double as a bedroom vanity


The closet doors still had 80s style lacquered brass knobs, so we swapped them out for these antique style door knobs. I discovered an easy way to update the old hinges by brushing the hinges with a layer of Rub n Buff.

double closet doors with antique gold knobs and desk in front of window


Olivia is a total fan girl. And by fan girl I mean she HAS to sleep with a ceiling fan on every night. I found this pretty wicker fandelier, and it works every bit as good (if not better) than a traditional ceiling fan.

wicker fandelier and bird faux wallpaper ceiling

Bladeless ceiling fans really have come up in the world in recent years.

Related: The Best Rated Fandeliers + How to Paint a Chandelier Ceiling Fan

wicker fandelier as a ceiling fan alternative


I still can’t believe I got this gorgeous burl wood dresser for $300! It’s easily worth 4 times that amount. I cleaned up the wood and treated it with Restor-A-Finish to remove scratches. Practically good as new!

Related: Burl Wood Furniture for All Budgets

burl wood dresser with swedish cottage style wallpaper and gallery wall with mirror and altered portraits
burl wood dresser and altered portrait art in a swedish cottage bedroom


I didn’t want to hang too much on these walls so that the wallpaper could shine, but Olivia picked out these antique altered portraits with a girl blowing a bubble and a girl making a silly face. Aren’t they so cheeky?!

They have huge personalities like Olivia does, that’s for sure.

antique altered portrait art and antique gold mirror with Swedish wallpaper

For the rest of this dresser space, I Rub n Buffed this mirror I found secondhand for $7. I painted this $15 thrift store lamp to become an Anthropologie dupe lamp.

By the way, these faux hydrangeas are the best super low budget fake flowers I’ve ever seen!

Related: Where to Find the Best Fake Flowers That Look Real

burl dresser with swedish wallpaper and blue beadboard + antique altered portraits

Room Decor Sources

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girl on bed in swedish cottage bedroom

It’s safe to say Olivia loves this sweet cottage bedroom just as much as I do! It’s so totally a reflection of her, and that’s the best part of all.

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  1. Absolutely love this. I would have thought of the color and pattern combinations but you knocked it out of the park!

  2. I hope she enjoys her very beautiful room!! Honestly I was not a fan of the wallpaper when you first showed it… a bit too busy for me… it has grown on me. Looks like a big girls room for years to come. (-;

  3. Absolutely charming! You want to move in;Olivia may never want to leave! I’m curious, what was Olivia’s inspiration for a Swedish cottage bedroom? A book she read? movie she saw? magazine?

    You find the best items! The ceiling fan, the burlwood dresser, the wallpaper! !Are you always on the lookout as part of your work day? Do you purchase and store things knowing you’ll use them some day or do you begin looking when you begin a project? Well done!

    1. Thank you! She didn’t know the wallpaper was Swedish. She told me she wanted navy blue and a wallpaper, so I pulled together 8 wallpaper options to go with a blue scheme and she chose her favorite from those 8. It all just came together from there. ๐Ÿ™‚ It depends on what items jump out at me while I’m thrifting and I’ll only rarely buy a piece I really really love to save for later but that’s rare. I try to only buy items when I’m ready to use them in the planning phase of a project so that I don’t end up with clutter and storage complications.

  4. What a lovely tween room! You have such a talent for mixing vintage and modern materials and patterns! Thank you for sharing!

  5. It looks beautiful, Lauren! I love the way you honored Olivia and her choices but also used your design chops to make this a space she can be really proud of. Well done, Mom!!