Boy’s Room Before and After

Hey there! Haven’t been around these parts in foreverrrr. I don’t even know what to say or how to act. A little like that friend you lost touch with and you finally arrange plans to hang out and you don’t know if it’ll pick up right where you left off, or if there will be a lot of awkward silences.

I’m thinking I’ll only really post when I have projects to share. Most of the time people only see the end results and while those are always pretty and rewarding, it’s the process and all the behind the scenes stuff that doesn’t get too much action. ‘Cause who wants to hear about back-ordered items and vendors sending the wrong sized light fixture three times? The before pictures give designers credibility and sometimes even we stand back and are all like, holy transformation. The long process was totally worth it.

So here we go, a young boy’s room who went from a more traditional style, to bright, colorful and a little cool.

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They live near the beach so we wanted the room to have a casual California vibe with hints of mid century style to reflect the rest of the home’s decor.

The boy is a collector and loves displaying his belongings so we had these built-ins installed to show off his personal items.

Not surprisingly, he’s a Star Wars fan so we added this wallpaper as a bit of a nod as well as creating some contrast and dimension.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Halfway through the project, clients decided to rip out the carpet and add new wood floors, which really freshened up the room.

This rug is even better in person. Playful stripe with chunky loops to add some texture.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Orange lamp adds some height and picks up the color in the rug, tying in with the custom orange desk.

Bed and nightstand are from West Elm.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

We refinished the existing dresser in a two toned effect to keep the room feeling youthful and fun.

His one request was a mirror, so we gave him this canvas wrapped/leather strap round mirror to introduce a new shape into the room.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Desk chair from All Modern.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Designstiles.

   They already owned the surfboard and couldn’t have asked for a better accessory to pull off our beachy look.

So, shall we keep in touch?

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  1. February 26, 2017

    I like study room setting in bedroom

  2. July 30, 2017

    WOW! What a transformation. The orange lamp and desk are eye popping additions to the room and the carpet pulls it all together. A great job and one thankful young man!

  3. August 7, 2017

    What a great transformation for this boy’s room. You really can’t go wrong with dark wood floors like that. I especially liked the mirror and lamps. In addition to the obvious functionality they bring, they add a a nice touch of contrast to the furniture they are sitting on. Great room!

  4. Amazing transformation of the room. All pictures are lovely.

  5. November 24, 2017

    Nice post Irene. Got some ideas for my kids room! Thanks for this post 🙂

  6. November 25, 2017

    Love what you did for that room. It’s much lighter and more inviting. My favorite addition is the two tone dresser.

  7. December 2, 2017

    Its amazing what the wood floor and the area rug has done for the room. Great job all around!

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