Swedish Cottage Bedroom Decorating Ideas & Girl’s Room Tour
A girl’s bedroom gets a Swedish cottage style look with thrifted vintage makeovers, Scandinavian wallpaper, and bedding pattern play.
Olivia’s Swedish cottage bedroom is finished and SO DARN CUTE that I just want to move in myself!
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”.
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.
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!
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.
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. 😉
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.
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.
I found this sweet vintage style Bluetooth radio that Olivia has loved cranking up to have dance parties in here with Regan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Room Decor Sources
You can find every DIY tutorial and decor source below.
- Paint color: Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue
- Ceiling Wallpaper
- Roman Shades (color: Bonaire Flaxen)
- Platform Bed
- Modern Lamps
- Geometric Quilt
- Floral Duvet Cover
- Down Duvet Insert
- Gel Pillows
- Yellow Flower Embroidered Sheets
- Mauve Pillow Covers
- Taupe Gingham Pillow
- Full Mirror
- Bluetooth Vintage Style Radio
- Turtle Dish
- Flower Knobs
- Desk Chair
- Antique Gold Mirror (similar)
- Bubble Blowing Altered Portrait Art
- Silly Face Altered Portrait Art
- Stacked Baskets
- Brown Vase
- Faux Hydrangeas
- Desk Lamp
- Desk Basket
- Bunny Bookends
- Bubble Vase
- Closet Door Knobs
It’s safe to say Olivia loves this sweet 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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