When it came to his own space, our son knew exactly what he wanted…it just took us a few years to get to the finish line! He’s all about industrial minimalism, warm woods, and neutral colors…so basically the opposite of the rest of the house! But I’m totally okay with that. I can appreciate his aesthetic and opinions, and was thrilled to help him create the exact room he wanted. After all, we know how much time teenagers spend in their rooms!
He wanted the space to feel like a lounge, and had tons of over-the-top ideas for it (including a whole new bed and suspended lighting), but I didn’t want to spend a small fortune. Especially since the room may change in a few years! So that really required we compromise and stay open-minded to each other ideas.
For instance when he suggested he ditch the bed completely, and place the mattresses directly on the floor, I had 87 reasons why that was a bad idea. But then I thought, ‘Why not?!’ And turns out, it was a great idea! Would I do it for my own bedroom or a guest room? Probably not. But for a teenage boy’s room, it totally works. And even better, he loves it!
We painted the walls white for a clean aesthetic, but accented the pitched ceiling with a dark matte charcoal (leftover from this bathroom makeover project). To keep the bed from getting lost, we added the oversized map (stolen from this room) to serve as a sort of headboard. Small side tables serve as nightstands, and industrial sconces provide reading light without using surface space.
Sidenote: We’ve been working on this room for a few years, so many of the items are no longer available…so I linked the next closet thing from the same retailer.
His old DIY Organizer Board is still holding strong, and provides storage space for his mementos, as well as notes and reminders. The dark wood helps warm the room, and keeps it from looking too stark.
More often than not, you’ll find him sitting at his desk studying or playing on his computer…so having a large, comfortable work area was important. We utilized the wide blank wall for shelves, and an extra-long desk (see more of that in this post).
I was hesitant to hang the dartboard in his room (hello, tons of tiny holes in the wall!!), but they’re barely noticeable on the white paint, and it’s easy enough to fix later. If having a fun room means his friends will want to hang here more, then I’m all for it!
We turned the bookshelf on its side to serve as a sort of footboard, and give the bed a more finished look.
The room has two very clear zones…the bed and desk areas…so we angled the smaller rug to marry the two. The faux plants add some life and color, as does the little splashes in the rug and pillows. And the DIY Galvanized Pipe Rods were a simple, inexpensive project that give the room the industrial vibe he loves.
You can’t go without a ceiling fan in Texas, but the black camouflages into the the dark ceiling.
Shelf Unit | Wall Map | Curtain Panels | DIY Galvanized Pipe Rods | Rug | Ceiling Paint Color: Valspar ‘Mark Twain Gray Brick’ | Similar Bedding | Pickle Pillow | Wall Sconces | Side Tables | Ceiling Fan
We had so much fun creating this space together, and I love that it’s exactly what he wanted, while still classic and stylish. Now if we could just finish Little Miss’s Room!
To see more of our house, check out the Decor Tab on the navigation bar, and click here to see his previous room. It’s crazy to think he was just 8-years old when I started this blogging journey! See you back here tomorrow for a big Dressing Room Diaries! xo. C.
*Photos by the darling & talented Mary Summers.*