Interior design maven and host of HGTV's "Myles of Style," Kim Myles, will answer a question submitted from an ESSENCE.com reader every day. Kim believes that interior design should offer a lifestyle that's chic, vibrant and attainable for every homeowner or renter. "My goal is to offer simple solutions that help the average person achieve the look that they want without going into debt. There is absolutely no reason for great design to be overly expensive or exclusive," she declares. Today's topic: Sprucing up my bedroom  Read more: For more "Life, Style & Design" stories, click here.Kim Myles: Before and After"Myles of Style" Makeovers

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Mar, 15, 2010

kim-myles-head-shot-web.jpg Interior design maven and host of HGTV's "Myles of Style," Kim Myles, will answer a question submitted from an ESSENCE.com reader every day. Kim believes that interior design should offer a lifestyle that's chic, vibrant and attainable for every homeowner or renter. "My goal is to offer simple solutions that help the average person achieve the look that they want without going into debt. There is absolutely no reason for great design to be overly expensive or exclusive," she declares. Today's topic: Sprucing up my bedroom Dear Kim, I'm kind of stuck in a rut. I was really inspired by the HGTV Dream Home 2010 Master Bedroom Design. And I was interested in using the same color scheme for my room. I love the colors, but I don't want to mimic everything in the design. In other words, I gotta do "me" in the room. I love the sage green, pop of turquoise, and white bedding used. The patterns are great. Right now, I have bare white walls, and dark oak wood trimming. Since I'm a slave to my parent's traditional choices in the house, I don't much of a say, so I can't paint the oak trim. Is there any way I could mix these colors to work with the wood trim in my room, and still end up with a beautiful, elegant, and glamorous room? I'm so glad I discovered you. You are absolutely fabulous. KIM MYLES: I think that you can achieve a similar vibe with dark trim intact! Many of the accents in the room you love are dark, including the leather headboard, so you're in a good place already. I'm assuming your parents are OK with you painting the walls that beautiful soft sage, but if not, purchase a giant painter's canvas (at least 5'x5'--easy to find online) and paint it instead. Hang it behind your bed as a headboard, add white bedding (West Elm has lovely patterns) and some pops of turquoise via pillow cases. You'll have a room that you love! Read more:

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