This room stumped me from the moment we bought the house. It has two windows in it and large wardrobe doors leaving only one wall to work with meaning furniture layout became a conundrum. I left his room to last, not for any other reason other than the fact I just couldn’t visualize my plan for it. I wanted it to be amazing visually, but also to be functional with loads of storage as I cannot stand clutter and having toys everywhere! Those things need to be hidden away out of sight, just because its a kids room doesn’t mean it it has to have toys on display everywhere. It also was no longer for a little boy. It was for a growing young man so I wanted something that would be a peaceful sanctuary for him to run off to and play (away from baby bro) and something that would grow with him as he gets older.
They say good things take time don’t they? well its obviously true…this room took me ages to develop and visualize to come up with a room that looked polished and complete and I believe I DID IT!!
This side was the easy part, it was the other half of the room that I actually struggled with and ensuring that both sides tied together well so it felt like one whole room not two halves of a room.
We tried a few different designs and layouts over the years, nothing major, just furniture arrangements with no real design element during this time. We even played with a loft bed for a while there! This was a fantastic adventure for a 3 year old and did create more floor space to play on but with the two windows in the room the bed had to go across one of the walls with the window which in turn blocked the light and even with more floor space having it high and large it made the room feel tiny!
When we painted all of the bedrooms I still had no real idea on what I was going to be doing for a feature yet. I did know that I would be doing a feature wall for him as I had already had Arden’s design all planned out and what you do for one you gotta do for the other but I would need some more time to come up with exactly what that feature would be. I just went with the same light grey that was used in the nursery and my room with a darker shade of the grey on the wall that gets the most sun.
His room evolved over time in terms of layout, when we got rid of the loft bed we bought him a plain single bed and I copied an idea I had seen on Pinterest using the Ikea Expedit shelving to create a window seat. This was great and was a total winner. Storage GALORE, looks, functionality and all on a wall with a large window and otherwise limited options. Kylan’s room is also the sunniest room in the house so this window seat is the bees knees come those crisp yet sunny winter days!
Shelving is a great option to keep changing things up in a kids room and allows you to use their favourite toys and pieces as decor. I have these picture shelves up in the corner of his room which allows me to change up prints and decor weekly without any major dramas and it is also the perfect place for him to display his newest lego creation or drawings and paintings from school for everyone to see.
So knowing the window seat would stay I played around with how to make it work utilizing the whole wall without it looking odd that it wasn’t centred. I am a tad OCD about things like that but having it centred looked good (a bit unfinished) but wasted a fair amount of space either side of the window that we wouldn’t be able to use. I decided to make the whole wall cube storage with a 2 level storage unit on the side of the window seat. Finding a 6 cube unit to fit this space for a reasonable price that would match the expedit turned out to be mission impossible.
As luck has it The Warehouse brought out their new Cube Storage range the week of my dilemma AND it was on sale!! They didn’t do a 6 cube but they did do an 8 cube unit which I bought and cut the end off to turn it into a 6 cube shelf. The last two cubes are smaller than the rest but it doesn’t look funny which I did worry about.
We always said that we would make Kylan a shelf like his brothers and even when I was designing Arden’s triangle shelf I knew I would be going with a geometric theme in Kylan’s room and do a Hexagon shelf. This was the starting point for his wall. It is how I designed the pattern of his wall around the shape and location of the shelf. I kept in mind size and functionality with the shelf and added in a removable shelf so that we could add smaller items to display such as his lego men, yet have the option of removing it to display taller things like framed prints down the bottom if we wanted to.
His wall was such a feature with his shelf that choosing his bed linen was really important. I didn’t want to distract from the wall, I wanted to keep it subtle yet also tie in with the geometric theme. I came across the amazing Ooh Noo brand and they did the most perfect duvet covers. It was like it was made for Kylan’s room…Just simplistically beautiful in the softest material!!
Looking down the hall you can see straight into Kylan’s room. Knowing this I thought long and hard about what would go directly on the wall behind his bed. I wanted it to be unique, stunning, relevant to Kylan that he would actually like and something that tied in with his subtle theme. I actually had an idea in mind inspired by the beautiful Mrs Mighetto prints. I envisioned those soft colours and Kylan riding in a paper plane. Like the one with the girl riding the swan. I began attempting to draw this myself when thankfully I came across the lovely Lara at Wild Arrow Label as mine was not looking very impressive. She makes the most beautiful water colour illustrations based on photographs and it she nailed it with Kylan bringing my idea to life for me. Not only is it a beautiful print for his room but its him, which makes him love it even more. It symbolizes that his dreams and his imagination in this room can take him anywhere he wants to go.
I got his General Eclectic wall hook from Beau Monde Babe and his battery operated lights from bed bath and beyond which I spray painted white. A simple small bedside table was all he needed for this space just to hold his music and a drink bottle at night. Kmart pulled through with this for us!
Well that’s that! There is not much more to his room other than his wardrobe and the bedroom door on the other wall. I am in the process of working on a wee something special to go on that side of the wall so I will share that in a separate post.
Hexagon Shelf: DIY
Watercolour paper plane print: Wild Arrow Label
Duvet Cover: Ooh Noo
Dream wire word: Kmart
Bedside table: Kmart
Lampshade: Me and My Trend
Cross wall hook: Beau Monde Babe
Pull lights: Bed Bath and Beyond
Paper plane pillow case: Burrow and Be
Play again pillow case: Little Pop Studios
I love you more print: Toucan Online
watercolour blue print (on clipboard): Toucan Online
Boy print: Alma Custom Designs
Grey Bear Blanket: Noah and Bowie
Triangle Blanket: Little Pop Studios
Blue Geo Print: Alma Custom Designs
Geo Mountains print: Alma Custom Designs
Cube storage Ikea and The warehouse
Love is the sound print: Hazy Prints
Grey throw: Bed Bath and Beyond.