Makeover of the Week: How One Designer Used the Power of Pink to Create a Dreamy Bedroom

bedroom after

Josh Gibson

This empty bedroom—with its drab walls, dusty valences, and dated wall-to-wall carpet—was in serious need of a refresh,” says interior decorator Phoebe Howard.

Meet the Expert

Phoebe Howard is a Florida-based interior designer known for her modern take on traditional style. She is the author of three books, owner of four retail stores—under the labels Mrs. Howard and Max & Company—and has a collection with Sherrill Furniture.


bedroom before
Courtesy of Phoebe Howard

“The room was pretty much a blank space so I filled it with a colorful canopy, bright floral curtains, and a custom-made bed,” notes Howard. “Painting the walls and trim a bright white made all the other colors in the room stand out, including the accessories.”


bedroom after
Josh Gibson

“Pink is undeniably one of the cheeriest colors around, which is why I used it to brighten up this little girl’s room,” says Howard.

What Changed:

  • Color theme: Fuchsia + orange + white = one happy color combo.
  • Canopy: The valance is lined in a playful pom pom fringe and sits above the windows to create the illusion of a higher ceiling.
  • Window treatments: Roman shades with a repeat floral pattern sync with the wall canvas fabric.
  • End tables: The two white lacquer end tables, with their circular silver pulls, display animal figurines and floral arrangements. 
  • Bed: The full-sized bed is covered in a fuchsia fabric and multi-print pillows.
  • Lighting: Matching orange ceramic lamps provide a symmetrical pop of color.
  • Elephant: A whimsical wicker basket with a removable lid provides extra storage.
  • Rug: The white wall-to-wall wool carpet adds warmth to the room.
  • Walls: The super white paint provides a backdrop for the colors to pop. 
  • Lamp: The desk lamp was custom painted raspberry to compliment the other accessories in the room. 
  • Print: A large peony is framed in white to provide a pop of color above the desk.
  • Desk: Eye-catching lattice gives the desk a cottage-like feel.

Shop the Look:

side table
Worlds Away Lacquer 2 Drawer End Table $1,390.00
orange lamp
Robert Abbey Triple Orange Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp $314.00
elephant storage basket
Amazon Elephant Wicker Basket $149.00