When your kids are young, it is easy to bundle them and their friends all together into shared spaces. However, as they enter the teen years, that need for a sense of independence becomes very important—at least to the teen! Our clients have a family of three kids, two girls and one boy. As their son, who is the eldest, began having friends over, our clients decided it was time to give him his own space away from his sisters. Their little-used lower level offered the perfect opportunity to create a teenage boy bedroom suite.
The goal was to design a space that reflected their son’s personality. Whenever we work with a client, we take the time to get to know them, ensuring we create a space that reflects them. For this young man, we asked him about his interests and what he wanted to be able to do in his new bedroom suite. He is a masculine and athletic person, so we played those traits up in our design.
His love of basketball weighed heavily in our design of the more public parts of his bedroom suite. The entry to the space was large enough for an activity area, so we laid rubber flooring intend for use in a recreational area and placed a hoop on a wall with a large basketball graphic for him to play a bit of indoor hoops. We included a beverage and snack station area as well to keep him and his friends hydrated and full—not an easy task as any parent of a teenage boy can tell you!
From the basketball area visitors enter a hall into the main gathering space. Here we took advantage of an empty wall and brought in another one of the teen’s interests—collecting athletic shoes. We installed a display unit custom-designed for his collection. The shelving was built into the wall to keep it from invading the walking space, and included lighting to highlight the colorful collection. This feature turned out to be the highlight of the design by not only bringing in a large visual impact, but by making the teen feel like his space truly supported his interests.
The main lounging area centered around a large sectional in a durable neutral fabric for TV-viewing, video gaming playing and hanging out. We added a table and chairs to a side area as well for games, homework, etc.
The bedroom is a separate space off the TV area and was designed to support his downtime. Since he was clear about the look he was going for—dark colors with a sleek, modern feel—we painted walls dark gray and installed wallpaper with silver geometric patterns on one wall to balance the rich color. Modern furniture pieces like a platform bed and simple computer desk and chair support the masculine vibe and were chosen by the teen and his mom from mail-order catalogs. Cantilever shelving above his bed provides plenty of room for his many trophies as well as an opportunity to hang artwork. Fortunately, the space has a lot of light from an egress window which keeps the dark colors from getting gloomy. His mom even planted a lovely garden in the space outside the window so his view would not feel like the basement.
Our clients felt it was important to create a comfortable space for their son to express his interests and entertain his friends. We had a lot of fun helping him discover his style, and bringing his personality into his bedroom suite. Questions about this project? Send us an email, or give us a call at 317.253.8986.
Whole house remodels take a lot of time, effort and money. As interior designers, it is our job to help our clients allocate their budget wisely to achieve their vision. Due to complexity and size, some rooms naturally require more of an investment, such as kitchens and master baths. However, leaving less for another room does not mean you have to sacrifice style.
Our clients have remodeled their whole house over the years, yet wanted to give their now teenage children bedrooms that reflected their personalities. They decided to surprise their daughter by creating a newly designed bedroom while she was at camp for a few weeks over the summer. Fortunately, the daughter had created an Ideabook on Houzz with her dreams for her bedroom that we could work from. We did not want to give her a design her mom loved but she despised! We only had a few weeks to pull off the project, but with careful planning and ordering, we were able to bring everything together.
We allocated the budget first for functionality and second for style. The room needed storage, so we worked with Zionsville Custom Cabinets to design a wall of open shelving and cabinetry that also served as nightstands for the bed. While this design element took up most of the budget, it was needed to make the space more functional and is a long-term investment that will stay with the home.
To create the style the daughter was looking for, we studied her Ideabook for common themes. Fortunately, she also commented on the photos so we knew what she liked about the pictures. We noted that she liked bright colors, cool lighting, and crazy combinations of patterns—a bit edgy but still appropriate for a 14-year-old girl.
We found the perfect fabrics and wall coverings for the design, but they were quite pricey. To manage the budget, we used these elements carefully, ensuring the greatest impact for the investment. We placed the wall coverings behind the shelving rather than on every wall. The other three we painted an understated color to allow the wall paper to pop. The expensive fabric was allocated sparingly as well; we used it on a flat cornice window treatment and on one side of an accent bed pillow. By placing these elements is such a way as to create the largest impact, we were able to fill in the rest of the design with less expensive yet still perfect items.
For example, our client found a nice white quilt and bed skirt from a mail order catalog. Also, the footstools were purchased at a big box store and reupholstered with an inexpensive fabric. We filled the shelves with personal items and memorabilia and then found the fill-in accessories at a discount home store. The lighting came from a mail-order catalog rather than a custom lighting distributor.
This design was one of the most fun projects we have ever been involved in! We had total creative license to craft the room of a young woman’s dreams, filled with bright colors, wild shapes, and funky elements. We also proved that good design can happen on any budget. We did not have to sacrifice quality or style by using pricey elements in limited amounts with maximum impact.
Looking to refresh your own home with an updated style? We’d love to help. Send us an email, or give us a call at 317-253-8986.
As interior designers, we help our clients balance their desire for a particular look and functionality with the budget they would like to stick to. Often a client falls in love with a pricey element such as a fabric or wallpaper and is disappointed to hear the impact it will have on their total investment. It is in these types of situations that having a talented interior designer on your side can help! For example, our client wanted to bring big impact to her teenage daughter’s bedroom without investing to the level of a more public space. We found a vibrant graphic wallpaper and embroidered fabric that fit the aesthetic perfectly, but not the budget. Fortunately, we had a solution. We placed a bit of the wallpaper behind the shelving of the built-in cabinetry. Then we covered a flat cornice and the front of a throw pillow with the fabric. By using those two expensive elements for their greatest impact, we were able to give our clients the look she wanted while staying within her intended investment.