Today is another reveal day and this time it's a sports themed bedroom that I created for one of my favorite little people; Alex. I've already showed you rooms from the little brother, and sister and now it's time for big brother to get his reveal. Designing this room was so much fun for me, because not only is Alex one of my son's best friends, but he's also a huge sports fanatic and if there is one thing that I know about more than anything else.. it's pre-teen boys and sports!
In general, I'm not a big fan of themed bedrooms for kids. That being said, when you are a nine year old boy who loves hockey, football, and (insert sport here) your room just has to be filled with all of these things! It just does! What I tried to do in this space was infuse the sports theme gently, keeping the rest of the room polished and a little more "grown up." On it's own this could be a room for an adult, or even a guest room, but if you look closely there are actually little touches of sports everywhere from the sheets (which are actually football plays) to the custom pillow, and most importantly all of Alex's signed mementos from his favorite players.
The first thing I did for this room was choose the paint. It's Kensington Blue by Ben Moore and I've been really wanting to do a boy's room with dark walls for some time now. Because this room had light floors and white accents, I knew it would be the perfect space for dark walls. Also, I loved the idea that the navy walls would also set this room apart from his brother's, which is a much brighter blue. A lot of people are hesitant to paint rooms dark, and even moreso with kid's rooms, but I learned years ago when we painted our bedroom charcoal that the key to dark walls is having light accessories and I think this room really hammers in that point. This room is the opposite of depressing, and is bold without being overwhelming. The blue changes a little based on the light (as you can see in these photos) but is a nice deep navy that doesn't have a ton of other hues in it. (In person it's probably closer to the shade in the top photo).
After we decided on the paint I began to look at furniture and I immediately fell in love with this upholstered headboard. I knew I wanted to orient the two boys rooms in different ways so that the two would look unique (they are across the hall from each other) and I thought this oversized headboard would be a great way to make a statement if we centered it on the smaller wall. The rest of the furniture was chosen because I loved how light the wood was and how it has a slight gray tone which really works with the blue walls. The leather pulls on the dresser give it a little masculinity and I love how all the wood pops off of indoor / outdoor rug below. The romans work great in here because the white really pops against the deep blue and the navy banding ties the white and the blue together perfectly.
The best part about doing the "sports theme" is that Alex already owned all the accessories that we needed! We hung a few of his favorite photographs around the room and as a nod to his heritage we incorporated a Canadian flag. The duvet and shams were chosen to compliment the red of the flag and also to break up the sea of blue.
The thing that I love most about the room is that he could wake up tomorrow and decide that he's into something completely different (as young kids often do) and all we would have to do is change out a pillow case and maybe a picture or two. This really is a space that can grow with him well into his twenties. I know we all laugh but with a room like this, who would ever leave home! Xx