A "Modern Industrial" Bedroom for an Adventure-Loving Boy

A "Modern Industrial" Bedroom for an Adventure-Loving Boy

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Carrie McBride
Feb 12, 2015
(Image credit: Nancy E Photography )

Project by: Dolley Frearson/High Fashion Home
Location: Houston, Texas

From the designer: The inspiration for this room came from a bedroom photo/vignette the family loved in one of our catalogs (High Fashion Home) that featured the Iggy Bed. The family wanted the decor be to industrial, earthy, fun/youthful and different...and be able to stand the test of time so their son could grow up with his furniture.

(Image credit: Nancy E Photography )

They could change out the bedding and accessories but keep the bones (main furniture pieces). He is a boy who loves all things "boy" especially planes and things that are mechanical/architectural and require assembly and building and even "taking things apart" according to his mom. She wanted good storage and a study desk in his bedroom. Our goal was to give his bedroom an earthy modern look. A space that would feel inspirational and adventurous. Vintage yet modern. Fun yet sophisticated.

(Image credit: Nancy E Photography )

The room was originally a traditional space with cream walls. One big challenge was selecting the perfect wall color. How do we create an earthy modern space that would not feel out of place in their more traditional classic home and decor. We wanted an airy light gray so we settled on Sherwin William's Mindful Grey - a light gray that is modern yet neutral and warm enough to flow with the rest of the home.

Since the baseboard in the rest of the house is very cream, we decided to paint the baseboard just in the bedroom a lighter ivory but left the original baseboard alone in the bathroom because it would be too costly and would not work with the counter top material and cabinetry. A trick of the trade is to just change the baseboards within the room and inside door and trim. It's actually a pretty good disguise and it's difficult to see if one has changed the baseboard color just in the bedroom.

(Image credit: Nancy E Photography )

Next, we selected functional nightstands and dressers. We then added fun planes for the wall decor above the dresser, metal/wood letters spelling out his name above his bed off centered for fun, easy no fuss bedding (he sleeps warm), a nice study book with our Climbing Men to inspire him to work hard and reach new heights (since homework starts in kindergarten these days), a bookcase to house and neatly organize his toys and favorite books, a cozy rug, casual drapes (to warm up the industrial feel and give height in the room) and a really fun world map "chalk" decal.

His family loves to travel and it seemed so clever and befitting on this rounded wall by his study nook to hang them on this wall. As he is lying in bed, he has this great view of the world map. What I love is how you can invest in timeless furniture pieces you love and make them work in a kids room. You don't have to buy "kids" furniture and then spend the money again to change it out later on. If you changed out his bedding and accessories, this room would definitely still work in his teen years and beyond.

Thanks, Dolley!

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