Designing a bedroom for a boy can be pretty tough. Not only does it need to look cool and reflect their individual personality and interests, but it also needs to be practical and ‘grow’ with them – the last thing you want is for all your design investments to go to waste and in a couple of years, the room to require a total redesign!
One of my most recent projects has been to help a friend transform her 8-year-old boy’s bedroom. Jack’s room was, and I’m sure my friend won’t be offended here(!), fairly dull, cluttered and somewhat lacked any sense of design. We were working with a room that had all white walls, a mish-mash of furniture types and felt rather tired and uninspiring. Jack needed a room re-vamp that gave him a space that was cool to be in, aligned with his interests, was functional and could stand the test of time.
We had a relatively tight budget to work with for this room so I had to think wisely when deciding on the styling, the fixtures and the fittings. Our biggest outlays were the new bed from Ikea that pulls out to be a double (perfect for when Jack has friends over to stay) and the bespoke desk which our carpenter made.
I believe the best way to make a big impact on a room redesign with a small budget is to use colour. By simply changing the colour of the walls, you can immediately make a difference in a room. As we were working with no existing colour (all walls were white), any injection of colour was going to make a big impact!
We decided to make a statement and use Stiffkey Blue on the walls. Given the ceiling line dropped on either side of the room, this ensured enough white was still within the room and prevented the space from feeling too dark. To complement this wall colour I pulled in the colours yellow well, mustard, and red on to the room accessories.
Below, is the mood board I created for Jacks new room design. You will see there are some bold colours and design ideas included on here, alongside some sporting elements and neat work spaces.
With my friend happy with my design ideas, we got to work..! To save money, we colour matched the Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue with Crown paint. This went on the walls really well and we only used one 5L tin of paint, across 2 coats. To make the radiator less obvious in the room, we painted this the same colour as the walls but in a metal paint.
The woodwork was painted in Crown satin paint colour matched to All White by Farrow and Ball.
The fireplace now stands proudly against the dark blue walls making a lovely focal point to the room. Before, it was completely lost against the white walls. To tie in the two contrasting colours, I introduced a striped rug to sit directly in front of the fireplace. This rug is from a new brand called Fip Rugs, everything is handmade in India and made from 100% natural sustainable cotton. What I love about this brand is that £5 from the sale of each rug goes to one of their two carefully selected charities, either Farms for City Children (helping to connect children with the countryside) or Weave the Future (a local charity to their Indian weavers, helping to equip rural school). Fi, the founder of Fip Rugs has kindly shared a discount code with me should any of you wish to buy one of her lovely rugs (I might add they also machine washable!!). For 10% off use ‘JACK10’.
One of my favourite additions to Jack’s room is his DIY skateboard shelves above his deck. I bought three natural maple boards from eBay and painted two of them in Crown paint Golden Rapture and English Fire. They were then mounted on the wall using small metal brackets.
The desk area has made such a difference to the room. This alcove was pretty much a wasted space before the room transformation but now, it draws the eye to the corner of the room, making the space look larger and gives a purpose to that area. It also provides Jack with a workspace to do homework (…we can hope!) and a place to put his things. We had wanted to fit shelving underneath the desk to place storage baskets however the budget just couldn’t stretch to this.
All the artwork is from Desenio – one of my go-to brands for prints. I may have a tasty discount code up my sleeve for next week so stay tuned for that as I will share on my Instagram.
I decided to opt for the same throw that is on my own son’s bed, just because I love it so much! The throw is from Christy Junior Cosmos collection. For the bed linen, I chose a light grey stripe design as it gives a slightly softer look to the bed versus an all-white bed set. The bedding is from Dip & Doze and is made from 100% organic and fairtrade certified cotton. Their duvet sets are packaged in lovely cotton drawstring bags which are made from the offcuts in production to avoid any waste. I decided to use the one from Jack’s bed set for some of his soft toys and hung it on the back of the door. For 10% off Dip & Doze use the code; ‘JUSTALITTLEBUILD10’
Overall, I am really pleased with the transformation. There are a few other bits that we would like to purchase for the room, such as a tall drawer unit for the corner to the left of the window and some additional storage for under the desk but other than that, the room is pretty much complete! I hope you like it?!
Before and After Images
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Thanks for reading! x