Here it is: The Big Reveal of my son’s redesigned Big Kid’s Room.
The color he chose was red – which surprised us but also made me excited to think about the possibilities. We matched it with a deep grey and white accents. I truly believe red is a neutral color, and this allows us to also bring in pops of complementary blues and blacks here and there to help soften what could be a very bold room.
The letters are large cardboard letters I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics and spray-painted a glossy white. Hubby and I are debating whether they should remain freestanding on top of the baseboards or if they should go up on the wall. What do you think?
He needed to graduate from his toddler art table to a real desk with spots for big kid school supplies and enough surface area for projects. One of my fave desk combos is the IKEA Vika Amon tabletop with the Vika Runtorp table legs.
We had a killer of a time finding curtains, but when I saw these cityscape shower curtains at Target I fell in love with them for his room and thought they just might work. The are the right length to not block the chalkboard baseboards.
My son absolutely loves Star Wars: Clone Wars, so together he and I designed these silhouettes of his favorite characters, printed them onto 110# matte Conqueror stock (my fave) and framed them. Can you guess which characters they are (and if you can guess the two besides the droid, I am betting you have young sons too!)?
There are a lot of little personal touches we added to the room, but the one pictured below is my fave, and I was actually surprised to hear it was my son’s favorite too:
My Cheesy Mom addition to the room was this “You Are My Sunshine” poster that I designed for each of the kids. Each night, we sing You Are My Sunshine to each other. Little do my kids know that I altered the words to the second verse because I thought the original was too morose, and I really want it to be a happy cheerful song full of hope. So it’s “our song,” and I wanted them to have a visual reminder of how very happy they make me and my husband.
My son’s poster above features red, grey and blue while my daughter’s is designed with slightly different fonts in bright pink, lime green, and orange to match her (very girly) room.
I’m really happy with our results because we managed to keep his room classic, low-fuss and avoid super gimicky (and, I think, fugly) big box character accessories while still maintaining his personality, interests, and style. I think the style and the furniture will grow well with him throughout the next few years, and hopefully into high school.
Most importantly, HE is super happy with his “new” room, so much so that in the days immediately after we painted his room, he would lie on his bed, hands behind his head, looking around the room with a big smile on his face, and he’d exclaim happily “I love my new room!”
And THAT is what design of any kind is all about: making the client happy, no matter how big or small :)
Paint: Sherwin Williams HGTV paint
Chalkboard Paint: Sherwin Williams paint
Black & white patterned bedding, white desk, white PS locker cabinet: IKEA
Curtains, blue lamp, black & white desk accessories: Target
Bed: Dania Home Furnishings
Red desk box and blue toy box: Home Goods
Black frames: a mix of Pottery Barn and Target