This week, Malia and Sasha Obama visited the White House to tour what will be their new bedrooms. This must be a very exciting time for Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, but I wonder if the soon-to-be First Kids are also a little nervous, too. Fortunately, when moving to a new place (even if it’s the White House), nothing erases a child’s jitters faster than having a new room to decorate. According to a former Chief White House Usher, the girls can decorate anyway they wish — even if they want to paint their bedroom walls fuchsia! So, of course, I’m more than happy to give my professional color advice.
Now, I don’t know the Obama sisters’ favorite colors, but I can take cues from some of the beautiful outfits they and lovely mom Michelle have worn on the campaign trail. I’m going with pink, red, black and purple. My suggestion is to begin with the bedding, such as the pink and black C’est Chic ensemble (top of page) from poshtots.com. Because the tastes of young girls change rather quickly, I would avoid ‘character or celebrity bedding’ (i.e. princess, Betty Boop, Hanna Montana, etc). Save that for accessories you can easily change. I also love the ensembles pictured below:
Below is an old photo of the East Room in the White House, which will soon belong to one of the incoming First Daughters.
With such high ceilings, I’d choose a warm, youthful wall color such as any of these selections from Sherwin Williams, from left to right: Cheery, Free Spirit, Hopeful (very appropriately named), and Valentine (great for an accent wall color).
I’m sure whatever colors and patterns that Malia and Sasha choose, their designs will be reflective of their lively personalities (and their mother’s guidance). It will be so refreshing to have these adorable girls take up residence in the White House. They remind me a lot of my sister and I when we were that age. Although my mother would say that the Obama sisters behave better than we did.