We love television and movies as much as the next guy. But we get particularly giddy when we get to pick apart the decor in search of deeper truths. Join us as we investigate the who, what, when and especially the why of interior design drama.
It’s important to mention that the first time I saw these bedrooms, I was a mere child myself. Kids’ bedrooms in television and movies were always a point of jealousy and inspiration for me. Jealousy because, of course, the set designer on the shows was more interested that the room look “cool” and reveal a deeper side of the character versus worrying about whether or not the hot pink color you so desperately wanted would be easy to paint over and convert into an office once you left for college (Thanks, MOM!). Inspiration because a designer with a huge budget was able to invoke the imagination of a child on such a larger scale. What would our rooms have looked like had we had endless money, a carpenter and no load-bearing walls? Would we have had a fire pole in the bedroom so that we never needed to used the stairs? Would we have had a bed that was also a trampoline? Would we have had…dare I dream…a dimmer switch for setting the mood of ghost-telling sessions during slumber parties?
Perhaps. But an endless budget might also have meant that we wouldn’t have felt the need to write Radiohead lyrics on our ceiling as a small gesture of rebellion against the practicality of the parental units imposed upon us. And who were we, really, without that rebellious streak?
Whatever may have happened to our bedrooms is beside the point. This is what did happen in kid’s TV show bedrooms that made us revere them so much.
Clarissa Explains It All
I think this room was the perfect visual representation of adolescence: checkerboard drawn over the flowery pink wallpaper. Clarissa superimposed her own style over the wallpaper her health-obsessed Mom chose for her when Clarissa was little, which was actually a metaphor for the whole show! Coming into your own! Plus her closet was amazing. Does anybody remember what Ferguson’s room looked like? Not that it matters, this room was the real star of the show. Remember how was always climbing into her room with the tree outside her window. I always wondered if that relationship got awkward when they went into high school. Where’s the Clarissa reunion movie? I’d give money to that Kickstarter.
Get the Look: Get your checkerboard fix with this wall art hanging from Ali’s Krrb Corner.
This room was always interesting to me because we got to see it when DJ and Stephanie shared it and then again, when Michelle moved in after DJ got her own room. You got to see how the design changed as the family grew up. My own room that I had to share with my sister was never that clean. But then again, my parents didn’t have Danny Tanner obsession with cleaning.
Get the Look: Keep yourself organized and tidy to Danny Tanner’s standards with these adorable lists from Your Secret Admiral’s Krrb Corner.
This room was all about the bed. I always wondered if it reclined like a normal bed or if Punky Brewster just slept on it upright as it’s shown in the picture above. Her room was another outlet for her sunny, dreamy personality. Thank goodness Henry let her creativity run wild in her room!
Get the Look: These rainbow flowers from Sarah’s Krrb Corner would compliment Punky’s style.
That 70’s show
I may have had a crush on Eric Foreman and dreamed about hanging out in his bedroom…but can you blame me?! He was the cool teenage who listened to awesome music and wore cool bell-bottoms (It was the 1970s!). In the late 1990s, Eric and his bedroom provided an escape fantasy for me. This room was decked with period-appropriate posters that nodded to rebellion and pissing parents off, but in a fun way. I was all in.
Get the Look: This 1972 Olympics in Munich poster from Pat’s Krrb corner will give your room some groovy inspiration.
Arnold’s bedroom on Hey Arnold expertly handled all the design dilemmas we face today in urban living. His shoebox-sized bedroom made use of the storage above his bed, with room to store everything from a fold-down sofa to knick-knacks from all his adventures. More than anything, I’ll always covert the skylight that made up the ceiling in Arnold’s room. You know Arnold would lay awake at night dreaming and searching the skies for shooting stars. And trust me, you’ll want to see this real-life replica of Arnold’s room.
Get the Look: An electric fireplace fits nicely into Arnold’s love for remote-control everything. Find it on Dee’s Krrb corner.
Now that we’re all grown up, do we still want that fire pole in our room? Probably not, but it’s nice to reminisce about the time we did.