January 17, 2012

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor


Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Tucked away in the upper-story of her parents' house, Aria's room is full of angles, alcoves, and historic character.  In this photo, you can see how her room is mostly neutral (lots of linen white and latte brown).  There's also lots of texture--the wicker, the woven rug, the hardwood underneath, the soft bedding. 

Aria's room, with its angled ceilings and exposed beams, gives off a secret hideaway or tree-house kind of feel that I adore. Well, a tree-house decked out by Urban Outfitters, that is.  It's a little dark, a little moody, but gloomy in a romantic, vintage, novel-reading kind of way.  I love her three windows and the built-in bench beneath them.  Ruffled curtains (sooo Anthropologie) add feminine flair right away.  The colors that pop up most in this room are rich wine and raspberry hues.

Aria's room is bursting with character, even in the tiniest details.  I love the gold-plated light-switch cover and the vintage sconce above it.  Butterflies and scenic photos adorn the wall behind Aria's big, beautiful, antique desk.  A retro chair bridges the gap between the ancient desk and 2012.  And a metal waste basket lends its galvanized gleam to the space.

As I mentioned up above, Aria's room is full of books.  Books everywhere.  Stacked on the bench.  Lined up in the window sill.  Held on shelves hung over the bed. 

Here, you can see Aria's artwork and easel on her desk... right next a stack of hefty books, of course!  Simple materials and neutral colors---like the linen lampshade and beige bulletin board frame---fade away beautifully in the background with understated sophistication.

In this photo, you can see that the base of Aria's desk-top lamp is the Eiffel Tower.  It's an unexpected and totally whimsical touch. 

Not so dark and gloomy here!  The colors really come alive.  Her bedding is an almost iridescent champagne.  The pillows range from purple to red to pink---but all being lush, juicy jewel tones.


I love the wallpaper in Aria's room.  It's a muted grayish beige damask-style pattern.

 
Now's a good time to mention what I really like about Aria's bed.  It's definitely not a daybed.  It's a regular bed with a beautiful vintage headboard and footboard, but by pushing it up against the wall horizontally... it gives the impression of a daybed.  Lots of pillows lined up against the wall adds to this daybed/bed-nook feel.




I can happily imagine myself dwelling in Aria's room with the damask wallpaper, ruffled curtains, and stacks and stacks of books. But let's talk how you (and I) can bring Aria's unique taste into our domains.

Wrought Iron: Scavenge antique and thrift stores, garage sales, and Craigslist for a vintage wrought-iron headboard and footboard.  (Even if you can't get both... a headboard is better than nothing!)  As usual, be open minded and creative.  Just because it's the wrong color doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it.  A coat of spraypaint works wonders---and you can definitely get spraypaint that looks coppery metallic.  In this room, you could even getting away with mix-and-matching two different headboards.  Push your bed up against the wall horizontally and deck it out like a daybed---lots of pillows, luxurious bedding.  

Furniture: Aria's room features lots of dark woodwork that your dorm or apartment might not have.  So bring in the dark wood with furniture.  A big, dark brown bookcase to display all of your tomes.  Instead of a desk like Aria's, I chose a desk that included a hutch.  The shelves provide extra storage and contribute to the lots-of-dark-woodwork theme.  Don't feel the need to match wood tones... just keep the wood dark and rich.  Pick out a MidCentury Modern chair for the desk---one with curves will contrast nicely with all the masculine angles of the room.

Textile Textures:  Texture adds dimension, coziness, and interest. Bring in a woven rug, neutral in color, to add texture to the floor.  A wicker ottoman provides great texture, plus it can double as storage or additional seating.  And let's not forget the gorgeous ruffled curtains.  Ruffles are showing up everywhere right now---especially in our favorite online shops: Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.  

Accessories:  While it's probably not feasible to do wallpaper, I still love the Victorian mood Aria's vintage wallpaper gives off.  So instead, wrap a big canvas or foam board in damask wallpaper or fabric for a similar look.  Go for something muted and gray or beige.  The more books you can bring into the space, the more it will resemble Aria's room.  Hang some butterfly artwork.  Incorporate some industrial-style accessories, such as a metal floor lamp and that galvanized waste basket.  Hunt through junk stores for old beaded chandeliers or pendants.  It doesn't have to work--just hang it from the ceiling and enjoy its beauty.  Shop online for an Eiffel Tower base lamp (Target had some for a while).  I threw in a typewriter because I think that's one thing Aria's room should definitely have. ;)

What do you think?  Is Aria's room the perfect hideaway?  Or is it too gloomy or overwhelmed with books?



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26 comments:

  1. I love this post !
    You are so detailed about everything in her room and you pointed out so many things I never noticed, I love this show and specifically Arias room as well! its gorgeous :)

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    1. Thanks, Bree! Sometimes I definitely find myself paying more attention to decor more than the actual plot on tv shows and movies sometimes!

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  2. Love the posts you're doing about the PLL rooms! I love the show, and it's really cool to look at their rooms through your eyes, and see all the little details that you've picked up.

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    1. Thank you, Harriet! I'm glad you're enjoying the PLL Decor Series.

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  3. First of all, I love the fact that you're doing this. I actually hope this continues with more TV shows - and if you could pull some in from the 90s that would be especially awesome. Second of all, I love that window seat.

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    1. I looove the window seat, too. :) My list of future tv show decor boards is growing--I'll have to expand it to include the 90s. Any in particular you're dying to see? :)

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  4. Love this post. Agreed Aria's room is hands down the best. Plus thanks for the tutorial!
    -Alyssa

    www.pinchoflyss.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Alyssa! I hope you got lots of inspiration!

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  5. I love this! Where did you get the headboard, footboard and the lamps and butterfly picture? I want to re do my room very similar to Aria's.

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    1. I found this bed that is so similar in my opinion at least! http://www.wayfair.com/Fashion-Bed-Group-Grafton-Bed-B4133X-FB1985.html
      :)

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  6. hi i love her room the only thing i wish you would add would be something about where you could get the bedspread

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  7. I love it! I am re-doing my room (which is kinda pointless because I am going into mt Juinor year is high school and will leave after my senior year) and I really loved Aria's room and this is exactly what I was looking for!

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  8. Where do you get your bed spread

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  9. Hello,

    Thank you for the wonderful blog. Would you happen to know where I can get the Eiffel Tower table lamp like Aria's? I've found some similar ones but I want one just like hers.

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  10. where can i get her comforter

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  11. This is great! Could you also do the humphrey's Brooklyn loft out of Gossip Girl? That would be great :) I really love that loft!

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  12. Can you do a post on Violet Harmon's bedroom from American Horror Story? That would be awesome!

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  13. Wow, just found your blog while looking for room inspiration LOVE IT!!
    How could you do walls is you are not allowed to paint(rented property)
    blacklinerandthings.blogspot.com

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  14. This is awesome!!
    Do you know where I could get a bedspread like hers?

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  15. I love it!
    Do you know where I could get a Bedspread similar to hers?
    Thanks SO Much!

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  16. Where can I find a Matryoshka doll like that on the desk?

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  17. omg I love this post...thanks so much for posting so many helpful details and advice on Aria's bedroom! Her bedroom is the most awesome and eclectic of the 4 girls, and I also find myself just staring at her bedroom decor (as well as the fashion and makeup). It really inspires me to decorate my own room!

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  18. I actually was able to find the exact wallpaper from her room! It's a little expensive but totally worth it! http://www.americanblinds.com/control/keywordSearch?q=CHINOISE

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  19. do you know where I can get that exact wallpaper?

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  20. where can u find the same wallpaper...i tried the american blinds but couldn't find it...any ideas??

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