When one’s job is to shop all day every day, it takes something really special or unique to grab one’s attention. The physical rush when I see that perfect piece causes my heart to beat a little faster and I lose all sense of my surroundings.
Some of the pieces below are pieces I have recently found, and a few are ones that I fall in love with a little more each time I see them. The lines and proportions of the tuxedo sofa below are simply perfect!!! The ebonized fluted cocktail table is the punctuation mark in any statement room. Each of these pieces are beautiful and unique and add that special something to any room.
I am at a place where I do my best to only buy pieces for my home that I truly love. I have come to realize that if I am totally mesmerized by something and it gives me joy each time I look at it, it will not become a piece that I am looking to replace in 6 months.
I hope some of these pieces serve to inspire you.
Vanguard sofa and cocktail table, Serena & Lily basket, PB Teen zebra rug, Circa ceiling light, Worlds Away mirror
Tween boys (and Men) are pretty superficial in the sense that there is not a lot of depth in their hobbies and interests. Their needs are fairly easy to meet. Most conversations vacillate between sports, food & the ability to burp the alphabet. One usually does not need to wonder what subtext lies beneath their words. My husband insists that all of these reason are exactly why Men are happier than Women. I disagree (this is for another post 🙂
When boys are young, the colors used are mostly pastel blue, yellow and green. The palette I use for tween boys is muted and warm with lots of gray and black undertones. Also, the hues are richer in color than the ones I use for tween girls. Tween boys rooms can be just as much fun to create as girls rooms; however, the SAME themes keep emerging; sports, superheros (I amazed by this theme’s longevity) & sports again!! I love the rock & roll theme, the surfer theme and the campy man cave theme (what guy doesn’t love a gilded deer head hanging on his wall?)
Since sports themes are by far the most requested, I created a baseball theme for this post. Ok, I would like to first state: For the love of all that is holy, PLEASE DO NOT PAINT YOUR SON’S WALLS IN HIS FAVORITE TEAM’S COLORS!!!! I know it sounds like a good idea, but it is not. These colors might look good on a uniform, but they do not look good on walls. It is very easy to incorporate team colors in a variety of ways that will let all those who enter know what team your son is a fan of. The key is to use paint to establish the base, and then add colors and accessories to establish the theme. Below, I listed my favorite color schemes for tween boys rooms. I listed the main paint color, a coordinating accent wall color, ceiling and trim color and any other applicable accent colors (either used through paint or accessories).
Below, I created a baseball themed room. The palette is gray, navy & white with brown and red accents. Since the colors are muted in the room I added a lot of texture to add depth. I added a chenille rug, faux fur throw pillow, distressed leather desk and accent chair knit pouf and galvanized metal on the locker style desk and night table. The brown is repeated on the vintage bats hung over the bed, the distressed leather chairs & the hardwood floors. The red accents are picked up in the locker, pouf, pendant lights, throw pillow, art, and bedding. The striped euro shams (I repeat stripes on the throw pillow) and zig-zag drapes added a much-needed pattern. I framed the Yankees and MLB logos to add some “art”, and I added the decal between the vintage bats. I am a huge fan of decals (any more than two is serious overkill). This is such a fun and easy way to add team spirit without commitment. When you are done with it, just peel it off.
A REALLY, REALLY important element that I add to ALL sports themed room are vintage accessories. This is the element that keeps this room looking stylish and well done!!! I can not stress this enough. It is the juxtaposition of the new and old that makes this look successful. The internet has a vast selection of vintage accessories. Although I couldn’t fit it in this frame, I added gray wire cubby type shelving on the left for storage (they are from Land of Nod) to add to the vintage vibe. As I stated in my last post, I really like to add visual tension in the rooms I design. I did this here by adding the single red locker and the zigzag drapes (which is an unexpected pattern to use in this themed room).
Tween Boy’s Room
So here are a few tips on successfully creating a themed tween boys room:
- Keep colors muted. You can create interest by painting accent walls or painting the ceiling (which looks amazing in boy’s rooms)
- Try not to match every piece of furniture. I used the galvanized locker style on the desk and night table. I would NOT also use a locker style dresser. I would have used a painted gray dresser that coordinated with the bed.
- Play with texture. The texture is more interesting to the eye than color.
- Add an unexpected pattern as I did with the zigzag drapes.
- Add cubby type storage. Boys will shove things on or under anything they can. Cubbies (hopefully) keep things off the floor.
The nice thing about this design is that should he decide he doesn’t want a sports theme anymore, you take the wall decor down and the bedding and this can easily be a skater, ski, or man cave theme. Also, your son can take the desk, night table & locker to college, and only the bedding and wall decor need to be swapped out to make this a great guest room.
Kid’s rooms are so fun to create!! Let me know what themes you would like me to create, and I will post on it. Message me if you would like to know where I got these pieces.
Some of my favorite projects have been kid’s rooms. It is so fun to let one’s imagination run wild while creating a fun and whimsical space for a child. Sadly, the years go by and the stuffed animals are replaced with dolls, then out go the dolls to make room for the Barbies. Eventually, it’s all about the texting, clothes & make up…..sniff, sniff!
Just as the transition from little girl to tween is a major transition, so is the transition from a little girl’s room to a tween’s room. I wish I could tell you that it’s as easy as changing out the bedding and drapes; it is not. This update will likely cost the most of any update you do to your daughter’s room. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune. There a few key updates that will help take your tween through teens and beyond. As with any space, this can also be achieved in stages.
After about 5-7 years most rooms need to be repainted. When girls are young the colors we choose most are pastels with cool undertones. Pink and purple are the most common. Tweens require a bolder palette. They speak louder, dress bolder and basically do whatever they can to exert their new found autonomy. Therefore, the colors they lean towards are usually richer, more pigmented and warmer in tone.
Here are a few paint palettes I like:
As much as I love the use of bold colors such as this hot pink and turquoise, I like to be practical about design as well. I think painting an accent wall, or the ceiling adds the perfect amount of color without having to paint the whole room (the same goes for a bold, fun wallpaper).
When I paint an accent wall a bold color like the ones above, I usually choose a neutral color for the rest of the walls. I like gray, beige or white 3-4 shades (color value and intensity) lighter than the accent wall. Some of my favorites are:
(**A huge caveat to viewing paint chips on a computer/phone/tablet is that based on the way your device is calibrated, these colors can and will look different. I strongly suggest you get the paint chips of the colors you are looking to use, and bring them home to view in the space you will be using them. I also suggest looking at the colors at night because they will look different under artificial light vs natural light**)
Another change that one should consider is upgrading from a twin bed to a full bed. This is the bed she will likely have until she goes off to college. Why not make this a bed that she can be comfortable in and grow into? One money saving tip is to choose a bed frame that has a platform; therefore, you can forego the box spring (which is usually what makes mattress sets so expensive).
Below, I created a bedroom using a hot pink, gray & white palette with pops of turquoise & navy. I also used mirrored and gold accents to elevate the room from being too childish, into one fit for a girl who will use all of these reflective surfaces to check out her appearance. The mirrored accents are repeated on the picture frames and night table drawer fronts. The gold accents are repeated on the etagere, pouf, picture frame and accent bow pillow. The turquoise on the lamp, mirror and vase add a bright pop of color to this palette. I try to keep my designs very balanced visually so one side of the room doesn’t feel “heavier” than the other; however, I usually disrupt this balance just a bit by throwing an element or two to cause some visual tension. I do this by placing a single lamp on the left night table, and by using the “XO” wall decor only on the right side of the mirror.
Tween Girl’s Room
When it comes time for your daughter to leave “the nest”, you can swap out the bedding, pops of turquoise and the fluffy chair to make this a beautiful guest room.
This post was based on numerous requests for help on this topic (I will be tackling tween boys next). Please let me know what you would like to read about, and what other design questions or challenges you have. Also, always feel free to message me to inquire about where to shop for these pieces. It is so fun for me to create these posts. I love being able to help those who struggle with a topic that is as natural and easy to me as breathing.
Thank you for reading!!