When the film “Juno” premiered in 2007, Juno MacGuff’s sarcastic one-liners, quirky fashion, and heartwarming story melted the hearts of audiences everywhere. Per Roger Ebert, the iconic comedy follows a 16-year-old girl called Juno after she finds out she’s pregnant. Juno makes a trip to an abortion clinic, but ultimately decides to put her baby up for adoption. However, this decision comes with its own set of twists and unexpected surprises. Throughout it all, Juno’s humor and her inimitable style make this movie one to remember.
In the film, Juno’s bedroom perfectly reflects her personality. Almost every inch of wall space is covered with quirky art, band posters, and collages. The bed features a comfy quilt and plenty of pillows, making it the perfect place to chill out and make calls on her hamburger phone. Elsewhere, guitars, photos of jam sessions, and cluttered CD racks display Juno’s passion for music and punk rock. A collection of lamps cast a soft glow around the room, making the entire space feel warm and cozy. If you want to recreate Juno’s classic bedroom style, keep reading for some decorating tips and tricks from the film.
Make important calls on a hamburger phone
In one of the most memorable scenes from the film, Juno calls her friend Leah on a vintage hamburger phone and breaks the news about her pregnancy. The kitschy plastic phone is also put to use when Juno calls the abortion clinic to schedule an appointment. While it didn’t get much screen time, the hamburger phone is one of the most iconic props from the movie, and helped lighten the mood during serious conversations.
If you want to decorate like “Juno,” look online for vintage landline telephones on websites like Etsy. If hamburgers aren’t your thing, but you like the idea of a vintage novelty phone, consider other retro options like lips, hot dogs, ducks, or even Kermit the Frog. A clear telephone with bright inner parts from Etsy will inspire a ’90s vibe in any space. You can have a vintage phone purely for decoration, or set it up and use it the next time you catch up with a friend.
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Incorporate chalkboard paint
As the name suggests, chalkboard paint is a special type of paint that provides a chalkboard-like surface. Juno’s wooden wardrobe features panels with black chalkboard paint, where she writes down notes and reminders. If you’re thinking about adding chalkboard paint to one of your walls or furniture pieces, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. According to Rust-Oleum, you can apply this paint to wood, metal, drywall, glass, and concrete surfaces to turn them into a working chalkboard. However, it is only recommended for the indoors.
Brooke Lang, from Brooke Lang Design, told Martha Stewart, “I’d also recommend using at least two coats of chalkboard paint, letting each dry in between coats.” She continued, “Chalkboard paint comes in a variety of colors so don’t feel like you have to stick with just the traditional black. Mix it up with a dark green, like an old school chalkboard from elementary school, or a brighter color.” You can use your home chalkboard to display inspiring quotes, to-do lists, and important dates. The choice is yours!
Layer your bed with a cozy quilt
A vibrant quilt with rich oranges, purples, and reds decorates Juno’s bed in the film. If you thought quilts were old-fashioned, think again. These cozy blankets can instantly add visual interest and color to your bedroom. Plus, they are a great way to transition a bed from summer to fall when the weather gets colder. You can find quilts in endless color combinations and patterns to complement any style. Or, maybe you have a quilt from grandma that you want to display.
Interior designer Lacey Chaus from Lacey Chaus Interiors told Elle Decor, “When decorating with vintage quilts it’s important to keep a visual balance. I love mixing subtle traditional elements in contemporary spaces to add an unexpected layer.” For example, placing an antique quilt in a room with a neutral color palette will add warmth and a homey feeling. Quilts aren’t just limited to the bedroom. You can drape one over a sofa, accent chair, or breakfast nook bench to make furniture more comfortable.
Display your awesome music taste
Music plays an important role in “Juno.” Not only does the film include a carefully-crafted indie rock soundtrack featuring whimsical tunes by Kimya Dawson and Barry Louis Polisar, but Juno herself is also an avid musician. She jams out on the guitar with her friend (and father of her child) Paulie Bleeker, and bonds with Mark, the potential adoptive father, over punk rock music and a Les Paul guitar. Her bedroom displays her passion for music with photos, guitars, band posters, and towering CD racks.
If you’re passionate about music like Juno, reflect this interest by decorating with themed decor. According to Bustling Nest, displaying instruments on the walls, framing sheet music, and hanging up vinyl records are all cool ways to make a room feel more musical. Another idea is to collect tickets from your favorite concerts and frame them together on a wall. If you want to prepare your room for jam sessions, consider adding a comfortable chair where you can sit and play some sweet tunes.
Warm up a room with soft lighting
Juno’s bedroom is home to several table lamps that fill the space with a relaxing and comforting glow. According to Galleria Lighting, you can use lighting to make your living space more welcoming, cozy, and inviting. Table and floor lamps can brighten up areas where you spend the most time, like a reading chair, bed, or living room sofa. Juno has two lamps around her bed and one next to a chair for style and function.
In addition to lamps, you can layer lighting throughout your room to make it more practical for different tasks. Sheva Knopfler, co-founder and creative director of Lights.com, told Family Handyman, “When it comes to bedroom lighting, it is important to layer your lights.” She continued, “For example, place accent lighting at your bedside, so you don’t need to get up from bed to turn out the lights. Some people skip the bedside table lamps for wall sconces, or even small pendant lights for an industrial look. You should also have task lighting at any desk or vanity in your bedroom.” If you’re short on space around your bed, consider wall-mounted sconces or overhead lighting. These options can provide beautiful illumination without cluttering your nightstand or side tables.
Decorate your window sill with potted plants
Houseplants are one of the best ways to make a house feel like a home. Whether you decorate a window sill with small potted plants like Juno, or liven up a living room corner with a large monstera plant, greenery will breathe life into your living space. In addition to their good looks, houseplants also have the power to freshen up a space. According to a 1989 study by NASA, common houseplants, like spider plants, are capable of removing toxins and purifying the air.
If you have an empty window sill, make the most of the space by decorating it with houseplants. The best types of plants to grow on sunny window sills facing in east and south directions include succulents, like aloe vera and agave, and cacti (via Gardeners’ World). For a shadier window sill, consider plants like the streptocarpus. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider adding a Venus flytrap to your collection. These carnivorous plants grow best in humid places like a bathroom window sill. No matter which plant species you select for your room, follow a proper watering schedule. Some plants require regular watering, while others can survive for weeks without water.
Create a wall collage
Creating a wall collage with art, photos, magazine cut-outs, postcards, and other meaningful images is a great way to fill empty space and add distinct character to a room. In Juno’s bedroom, colorful art, photographs, and posters cover almost every inch of the walls. The best part about making your own collage is that there are no rules. Put up pictures of loved ones, inspiring quotes, places you want to visit, or just art you enjoy.
According to Sarah Maker, you can design your collage wall around a specific theme like nature, the Roaring Twenties, rainbows, or a favorite city. Use a color palette like neon pink or sea green to inspire your collage. Source images from old magazines, websites like Etsy and Pinterest, or your personal photo collection. Hang up the images in an organized grid layout, or let your creativity run wild and design a unique collage. For the best placement, make one for the space above your bed, over a home office desk, or around a television.
Hang a tapestry on the ceiling
Even the ceilings in Juno’s bedroom are covered with colorful tapestries and posters. This cool decor trick gives you something to look at before falling asleep and waking up in the morning. To recreate the look at home, first decide which wall tapestry you want to hang on the ceiling. For a bohemian style, choose one with trees, mandalas, or moon phase designs, like this one found on Etsy. Alternatively, you can find one with a funny or inspirational quote or print from your favorite artist.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect tapestry, measure your ceiling and tapestry dimensions, per Tapestry Girls. Mark the ceiling and the back of the tapestry where you will apply Velcro strips. If your tapestry is larger and heavier, use a hot glue gun to secure the Velcro strips so that your tapestry doesn’t fall on you in the middle of the night. Use a ladder to get close to the ceiling, bringing your tapestry with you. Attach the tapestry to the ceiling, starting from one side and working slowly toward the other. If you want to secure the tapestry further, use the hot glue gun to attach any loose parts to the ceiling.
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Tie everything together with a statement rug
A large red and blue patterned rug decorates the floor of Juno’s bedroom, stretching from under the bed to the edges of the room. Rugs come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all can help complete a room and tie diverse decor elements together. According to Floorspace, rugs absorb sound and give your feet a nice cushion to walk on. Opt for soft, long-lasting materials, like wool or polypropylene, to treat your feet to ultimate comfort. To recreate Juno’s fun style, get creative with bright rug colors and patterns. If you prefer a more minimalist look, go for neutral or solid-colored rugs.
Once you find the perfect rug for your space, focus on its placement for maximum impact. You can place a large bedroom rug completely or partially under the bed, or place two rectangular runners on either side of the bed. James Seuss, the CEO of The Rug Company, told Martha Stewart, “Placing the rug underneath the bed but stopping short of bedside tables helps add soft layering to any space. With this layout, it’s best to display the rug perpendicular to the bed frame so there is plenty of comfort on each side and foot of your bed.”
Get creative with accent chairs
Chairs play an important role in “Juno” — just ask Paulie Bleeker. Juno’s bedroom is home to several accent chairs, including a cozy purple armchair and a desk chair. Accent chairs are great additions to any room since they provide extra seating options for you and your guests, per Joss & Main. Whether you use them for relaxing after a long day, or simply organizing piles of clothes, bedroom chairs should be supportive and stylish.
The options for accent chairs are endless. Place one in a corner to create a comfortable reading nook, or add a bold-colored chair to your kitchen for fun contrast. Interior designer Sam Hart told Homes & Gardens, “One of the easiest ways to freshen up a neutral or cream kitchen is to work a vibrant accent color on upholstery. Chairs, bar stools, blinds and banquettes are all perfect fodder for a splash of color and are much simpler to change than repainting cabinetry should you fancy trying a fresh new shade.” If you’re adding a colorful accent chair to your bedroom, ensure it complements existing tones for a cohesive look.
Stay organized with a wall calendar
While Juno’s rebellious and sarcastic personality may not seem compatible with organization and other practical decor, the teenager has a homemade wall calendar above her bed. According to Psychowith6, a calendar offers many useful benefits. It can help you remember important dates and appointments, stay on top of your tasks, and meet deadlines. Whether you have a test at school or medical appointments, a wall calendar makes it easy to see everything in your day at a glance. You can also write down birthdays of friends and family members, and schedule time for your loved ones.
If you want to make your own wall calendar, you can design one online on a website like Shutterstock, draw on a chalkboard wall, or simply create one on a large sheet of paper, like Juno. Use a ruler to measure squares for each day of the month in a grid-like design. Mark the lines with a black or dark blue marker to make them clear and easy to read. Alternatively, you can buy one that matches your personal style. Professional organizer Shira Gill told MyDomaine, “When looking for a wall calendar, it’s important to consider both form and function. Pay attention to size, color, style, graphics, and font to ensure that the calendar you pick reflects your personal style and fits in with the overall aesthetic of your home or office.” Juno’s homemade (and slightly messy) wall calendar complements her aesthetic while serving a practical purpose.
Head to a flea market for quirky finds
From quirky baby dolls to unique furniture, Juno’s bedroom is filled with one-of-a-kind items that reflect her personality. To inject your space with interesting treasures you can’t get anywhere else, decorate with flea market finds. From vintage cameras to leather poufs, you never know what you might find while browsing the aisles and displays. If you’re new to flea markets, there’s a couple of tips to keep in mind before you go. According to Flea Style, it’s best to wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring plenty of water and snacks. If you want to try on clothes at the market, wear comfortable leggings and a fitted shirt. Most flea markets don’t have dressing rooms.
To snag the best deals, get to the market early and don’t be afraid to dig through the piles on display. Sometimes, the best hidden treasures are waiting at the bottom of a box or underneath a stack of books. You can typically haggle with the vendors to find a price you both agree on. Keep cash, including small bills, on hand. And don’t forget to stay open-minded. Jon Jenkins, owner of the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market, told Architectural Digest, “If you go in with the preconceived notion that you’re only going to buy a set of chairs or only want a cool vintage T-shirt, it’s so limiting, because the whole point of the show is that you don’t know what you’re going to see and have the possibility of falling in love with something that you probably didn’t know existed.” You never know what might steal your heart at a flea market.