I’m all about expressing yourself with interiors. And what better place to instill this belief than with your kid? At least so I thought…
I decided Luke, now 9, should to be the design director for his bedroom makeover. I’ve been encouraging him to think about what he wants his room to look like, and what makes him happy (within reason…of course). So asked him a few weeks ago what he had in mind. I quickly regretted this decision after hearing his answer—
“I WANT FLAMES ALL OVER THE WALLS!”
I looked at images on the internet like the one above…..and decided I’d better wait a couple of months…surely he will get over the flame theme.
So last week I asked him again. He said he no longer wanted flames. (Phew!) He was extremely excited to be in charge of the design of his room. He put a pair of shorts on his head and said “This is the hat I wear when I design!!
I started showing him images of beautiful boys rooms trying to inspire him.
We looked at a lot of nice rooms.
Luke says “UGLY, BORING, NO” about every room I show him.
He was 100% sure the room should be completely BLUE, everywhere. By now I had run out of inspiration images and ideas.
Tired I googled BLUE ROOMS and this came up:
Luke says “YEAH THIS IS IT! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT! THAT’S SO COOL! LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE UNDER THE OCEAN!
HUH? A screaming blue bar??
I tried to talk him out of that bold blue hue. It’s just too strong for my taste. Could we tone it down a notch? He said “Mom-why do you ask me what I want, and then tell me I’m wrong? It’s my bedroom-not yours.”
He’s right. I offered him to be the design director. I need to stick to my promise!!
So we are now working on a design plan that promises to be wild to say the least. Tuesday we’re painting his room one of these bold blues.
Two versions of kobalt blue.
It will definitely stand out from the rest of the house. But I found some images that made me feel a LOT better about the color.
We’ve now settled on a blue, white and black design scheme. But no other colors are allowed!
Aerin Lauder’s dining room. OK feeling much better.
Mixed with white….I like it.
I had a couple of beds in the basement. One boyish Gustavian blue bed I thought would be perfect. I also had a very French Julia Grey bed with white and gold, that I definitely did NOT think was appropriate.
But Luke saw it and said…
“PERFECT. This is exactly what I want – it’s like a bed for a king.”
His excitement was so contagious, I had to let him have it.
To make it work we’re painting the bed bright bright white and adding NAVY fabric on the head board and foot board to make it more boyish and contemporary.
I said he could be the design director. Who am I to say he’s wrong? Perhaps it will be a genius mix…. I’ve made a rendering of the room and he says it’s exactly the way he wants it.
But this will be a true design test. I will definitely post updates on the blog.
Is this crazy – or would you go along??