Fabulous fabrics have an enormous impact on a room. When it comes to finding masculine fabric for a teen boy room, however, can prove challenging. No worries, though. Follow these quick and easy tips and your teen will have an awesome bedroom you’ll love.
Did you know there are masculine fabric options beyond a plaid print? I know, it’s hard to believe because everywhere you look for a boys room design, plaid is always the star of the show. Please do not misunderstand me; I LOVE plaid. In fact, my other boys have plaid bedding in their rooms. But for the One Room Challenge, I went with something slightly different that will provide years of use.
Masculine Fabric Options
I love using a classic color palette. The colors provide so many more design options. That doesn’t mean a hot trendy color can’t be incorporated. In this room, the color palette is Gray, Off-White, and Red. Blue will be sprinkled in eventually.
First, a classic color palette compliment the trends. Second, a great design trick when working on a child’s space is: keep wall and fabric colors classic and use trendy accessories. Thirdly, it’s easy and fairly inexpensive to swap out accessories as a child ages versus the cost of a whole room design that includes bedding and window treatments.
Rule of 3
When looking for masculine fabric options, I prefer to keep it simple. My entire life centers around males. If I’ve learned anything about males and design, it’s this: they like to keep their rooms simple. So, in this rooms that’s exactly what I did.
First, I use three patterns. That’s it, just three. For the One Room Challenge we are using: buffalo check, ticking & a solid color. You can see that all the choices are classic and straightforward. Nothing is visually busy or complicated.
Second, use I always use three sizes of scale when it comes to pattern. I cannot stress enough that the variety of pattern sizes is where visual interest begins to take place. When comes to masculine fabric options, and in any room in the house, I use fabric patterns that consist of large, medium, small or solid. (We’ll get to how to use each pattern in a moment).
Thirdly, I use three coordinating colors. For our project, we went with a warm gray, off-white and red fabric colors.
Use Solid Color
Solid color breaks up the pattern in the room. In this room, the main solid color is dark gray. Because the built-in unit we installed in week two of the challenge is a huge focal point, I wanted to keep the bed frame similar in tone.
The two areas give the eye a ‘resting spot’ and provide a fabulous foundation for the fabric patterns and color. The visual break between the fabrics eliminates design confusion. I think the impact of great design is lost when colors and materials become overly busy. Ultimately, it seems like people see nothing vs. the beauty of the room.
Also, I think the use of solid color provides a crisp, clean look to a room. That’s what I wanted for this space: fresh, classic, and clean.
Grouping Patterns Together
Grouping the patterns together is pretty easy. First, use coordinating colors and patterns in clusters. This little trick creates a stronger design statement than using a single fabric.
The largest print is the warm-gray buffalo check. By repeating the pattern three times on the bed, accent pillows and cornice boards, the room appears cohesive and planned.
I wanted to duplicate the red color of the quilt. I decided to use red welting/piping on the bench cushion. Adding a small detail like piping gives a finished look to a DIY project. It was also a simple way to incorporate red into the bench. I also added red throw pillows to visually draw the eye over. By repeating the color palette and patterns, a room has better flow.
Overall, the room is shaping up nicely and I cannot believe we are already to week three! There’s plenty more to do but now is when all the ‘pretties’ come into play! For me, this is where the real fun begins!
There are over 200 designers participating in the One Room Challenge, so head over and check out the talent! Wowza…there’s some good design going on! Thank you to Linda who graciously hosts this challenge.
Next week I’m going to focus on lighting and a DIY project.