A Red & Blue "Big Boy" Sports Room

My Room

Name: Boy, age 3
Location: Escondido, California

Here’s how my son’s big boy room and furniture went from ho-hum and blah to bright and colorful with just a few gallons of paint, a dash of creativity, and some elbow grease.

First up, two-toned walls. My son’s room has high ceiling so I wanted to break up the space by using two different paint colors. The the top half of the wall was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Sea View and the bottom half and all of the trim was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Denim Wash. We added wainscoting to the bottom half of the walls, which gives the space an additional detail that I love.

Next, I wanted to bring a pop of color to the room, so I painted the interior of the door in Benjamin Moore’s Currant Red and used this same color on the All Star Scoreboard I painted. I love the way it turned out! I think the red really adds a nice touch and breaks up the monochromatic look of the room.

Lastly, my business partner, Christine, and I I painted his furniture in Benjamin Moore’s Kensington Blue to coordinate with the rest of the room. The Benjamin Moore paint colors I used were all on the same paint swatch (except the red), just different shades. I started with the darkest for the furniture, then moved up two colors for the bottom half of the wall, and then up another two colors for the top half of the wall. This allowed me to use several different shades of blue without having to wonder if the colors worked together since they were all in the same color family.

Christine found the dresser at Salvation Army and it has a great Pottery Barn Kids vibe, but without the price tag. Score! I found the bed on Craigslist. Unfortunately, I don’t have any “before” photos of this. It was not assembled when I bought it and I took my chances since I wasn't sure how it would look put together. But, I feel like the dresser and the bed are long lost twins separated at birth. You can’t tell from these photos, but both pieces have the same edges and woodworking details.

Last up to bat is the bulletin board I created for his room. Years and years ago my mom and I took a model home tour just for the fun of it and we came across a sports themed room where the designer had used a galvanized chain link gate as a headboard. Such a cute, unique, and inexpensive way to anchor a bed! At the time, I was childless, but I loved the idea so much that I stored it away in my brain for a later date. When the time came to design my son’s new room I knew I had to incorporate a chain link gate, but I didn't need a headboard and I didn't want to use it the same exact way I had seen it already done. So, I gave the idea a twist and created a one of a kind bulletin board.

My son and I both love how this room turned out! This project was a home run in my book!

Thanks, Dawn! Readers, visit Dawn at Simply Tangerine.

(Images: Tangerine)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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