Before & After: Gnarly to Nautical Boy’s Bedroom

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Hung Doan)

Here’s how Hung describes the room his 5-year-old son Adrian inherited when they bought this house: “purple 70s shag plush carpeting and lime green grey walls”. Not exactly a child’s dream room. The family decided to turn Adrian’s room into a not-too-themey nautical room..

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Great job! The textile hanging and lights are particularly dramatic and memorable. They’re a smart way to add a strong visual that is affordable and that even renters could do.

Hung tells us more:

We’ve always wanted a nautical room and our son also wanted it too. We got most of the stuff at the Alameda Antique Fair flea market and estate sales. Fortunately, there was original 50 year hard wood floors underneath. The whole house was like this. Every room had to be re-done and his was the first ‘make-over’.

Our son is 5 and he actually keeps it this clean. These are not staged. He has a big closet to put away his toys. The speedboat bed and canvas drop are from Pottery Barn Kids. The rug was a steal from West Elm. Everything else is from the flea market. We got inspiration from many sources – Pinterest, Houzz, Apartment Therapy but ended going neutral. We didn’t to make it too much like a theme because we wanted to make sure he won’t out-grow the room in the future.

Thank you Hung!