I have watched the One Room Challenge from afar for a long time. Are you familiar with ORC? Twice a year, Linda from Calling It Home hosts a design challenge. It’s a way for designers to support each other, give ideas and cheer each other on. The challenge lasts a total of 6 weeks with the final week as the reveal. Each Thursday, everyone posts their progress.
There’s no time like the present to participate in this beyond cool challenge. The talent and ideas people have are unbelievable.
My youngest is a pre-teen and is ready for his teenage boys room. Of all the boys this is the only one who has approached me about changing his room. Who am I to decline a sweet little face that asks if we can redecorate? He’s speaking my love language! Of course, we can give him a teenage boys room!
Plus, if you’ve ever tried to search for ideas for teenage boys, options are limited. There are some fab ideas out there but man alive, when it comes to design ideas for teenage boys room, it’s slim pickin’s
Not so Teenage Boys Room: Before
Cole’s room has always been my favorite of the boy’s rooms. I think it’s my favorite because he keeps it clean. When he approached me about a room redo, he had requested a loft bed. Loft beds are great but I said no. If we are redoing a room AND buying furniture, it needs to have longevity.
I love his navy blue bed but also know he’s growing like a weed (we compare height on a weekly basis). The goal is to find a fabulous upholstered, platform bed and a memory foam mattress. We’ll see how the plan turns out. Below you’ll see the inspiration board I’ve created.
Part of having a teenage boys room means new bedding. I have a master plan in my noggin to use material from Ikea. BUT, sometimes plans change! Or Cole could change his mind. As of right now, we have a flexible solid plan!
Finally, we need to contain the
clutter Legos. First, I love that he still likes Legos, even though his interest is waning. Secondly, he’s still a kid so rightfully should have toys in his room. Thirdly, I just want the creativity controlled and able to be put away at night. The goal is to create a built-in window seat with storage.
The Plan: Teenage Boys Room
One thing I’ve learned with decorating is the importance of creating a plan. Without a plan, nothing is going to look cohesive and the project will never look truly finished. So, here’s our master plan.
First, Cole has wanted a bench for reading since we moved in 5 years ago. So, we are going to install faux built-ins. The built-in’s will include dresser, bench seat, and desk. The two most important elements of the design, in Cole’s opinion, are the desk and bench. It’s important that whatever we ultimately decide to do, it does not make his room to appear cramped.
Second, there will be a new color scheme. He loves gray, black and red. I’m 100% on board with these colors especially since repainting his room is NOT part of the plan!
Momma wants a high-end designer look for less. There is a big IKEA hack in the plans and I’ll share specifics next week. My ‘client’ requested a vision board, no I am not kidding. Actually, what he said is “don’t you have some app where I can see everything like you do with clients”. Here’s the visual of the room that I created for him. I hope you enjoy it and I really hope you’ll stop back next Thursday to see the progress we’ve made.
I’ll continue to post pictures of the progress as the room morph’s into a teen boys room! I’m so excited and nervous to share the nitty gritty process with you!
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