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A teenager’s bedroom gets a coastal chic makeover


Childhood bedrooms hold many memories, but as kids grow and change, some of the trappings like posters, bold hues, and themed bedding can suddenly become oh-so-uncool to their inhabitants. This was the case for a Barrington teenager’s pink powder puff of a room. While some teens tackle these transformations themselves with cans of paint, this family handed the task over to a pro. Enter West Bay-based designer Lindy Lowney, who explains, “My client was interested in a blue-green, neutral color palette for a fresh, modern update – blending neutral tones with coastal hues and lots of texture.” The homeowner adds, “the assignment was tricky because the final result needed to resonate with the teenager and her parents!”

Even before the pandemic, teenagers have notoriously spent much time in their rooms, so Lowney was sure to create visual space and ample storage, along with a comfortable study area and accents with personality and panache. Following the “place for everything and everything in its place” adage, Lowney installed upper and lower cabinets – much like in a kitchen – featuring an efficient pull-out printer drawer, and a platform bed with deep drawers for linens and sweaters. Not typically found in a bedroom, a console table adds style and surface space, and has two-toned woven baskets that tuck beneath for odds and ends. To keep things from getting too serious, a faux fur chair cover adds fluff and levity, while playful wallpaper and hex-shaped hardware lend visual interest to the design.

Out went the pastels and in came a subdued elegant color palette drawn from the thick Persian-style rug. “Bed linens were kept simple for a clean, modern look with pops of whimsical patterns and texture,” says Lowney. Other mindful elements include custom black-out linen drapery to conceal the morning light. A stunning capiz shell honeycomb pendant light fixture and backdrop of watery grays with dashes of indigo imbue a coastal sense of place. Modern, appealing, and inviting all at once, this bedroom is sure to be embraced for years to come.


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Family Faves

The homeowners cite Barrington Books, Blue Kangaroo Cafe, and Sweet Lorraine’s Candy Shoppe as family go-tos around town.

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“Rhode Island has a wonderful community of creatives and there are endless opportunities to support our many talented small businesses. Our state is small but mighty in what it has to offer,” says Lowney, who enlisted Kreatelier in Providence to create the custom drapery and pillows.

About the Designer

Lowney is a Rhode Island-based Allied ASID interior designer and owner of Lindy Lowney Design. Since establishing her own design business, she has styled and designed residential homes for over 15 years, providing a modern coastal aesthetic for her clientele. Learn more at Bio.Site/LindyLowneyDesign



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