Designing a shared space can be tricky. How does one create a cohesive look while still incorporating each child’s individual personality?
Saleh is 12 and Samori is 3, so like the girls shared bedroom, I knew that the space I designed for the boys would have to not only have to employ some creative storage ideas, it would also have to incorporate both boys interests and personalities. Saleh is a sci-fi fan and avid reader while Samori loves cars, trucks and building blocks.
Like most of the spaces in our home, I wanted the boys room to have a classic yet updated feel so I came came up with this design board which incorporates traditional, eclectic and modern features like dark wood, a bit of leather, vintage furnishings and a few fun colorful elements.
The boys will be in the space for quite some time to come, so I didn’t want the design elements in the space to scream “kids room.” Saleh will be entering his teen years soon and needs a space that matches his growing age and level of maturity. The plan was to create a masculine, mature space with pops of color and a few playful design elements. Here’s how the space turned out…
As you can see, I stuck pretty close to the elements of the design plan, adding lots of storage for Saleh’s books and a bunk bed to maximize floor space.
Cohesion is Key
Texture + Color
To create a collected and curated feel in the space, I added varying textures via the textile, drapery and area rug. The fuzzy red pillows are Samori’s favorite.
Balancing Traditional and Modern Styles
I love designing a room using contrasting design elements. It adds to the collected and carefully curated feel of the space.
Using the rug in the boys room is also great example of how a traditional style rug can be just as functional in a space designed for children as they are in an adult space.
Storage + Function + Flexibility
Mix Pattern for a Well Curated Feel
Add a Personal Touch – Customize the Design
It’s hard to choose my favorite design feature of the space. There are just so many. However, I suppose if I had to narrow it down I’d say my favorite feature it would be the number of customized pieces featured in the space. From the leather draw pulls we used to create a one of a kind look (I’ll be sharing a tutorial on the pulls in a later post), to the painted bunk bed and refinished vintage campaign desk, there are several design elements that personalize the space and make the room unique. I believe that ingenuity and creativity are key factors in achieving inspiring design results.
COOL DESIGN FACT: The draw pulls are made from men’s leather belts I cut to size. I love how the pulls add a masculine feel and give the piece a more personalized look to the otherwise modern dresser.
Here’s a shot of the happy client showing off his new drawer pulls. I really enjoyed coming up with a room design for the boys that’s functional, stylish and fun. Samori’s expression says it all. Another satisfied client!