Welcome to Gavin’s room!
Gavin is such and awesome kid, big brother and son and he really deserves an amazing space to hang out and decompress. I think every kid needs there own space regardless if they share a room or not every kid needs an area that is just theirs.
This very important room was the first space that we finished in our new home.
Gavin was only 9 when we moved in and I wanted to design a room that would grow with him, so I created this boy to teen bedroom. Even when you budget really carefully it is still expensive to decorate if you are like me you want your rooms to last a while.. even kids’ rooms.
I was kind of nervous about painting such a dark shade of grey on the walls and then tying it together with bright accents.
I had never used colors this way this way before. Using grey as a neutral was kind of intimidating.
So, I took a deep breath and went for it!
I was determined to have super amazing bedding in Gavin’s room that was mature but still fun.
I sucked it up and ordered his bedding from Serena and Lily however about a year later Target came out with similar bedding and I purchased a duvet similar to this set here. (affiliate)
We replaced it because the more expensive Serena and Lily cover was wrinkled and hard to make look nice after each wash and it kind of started to fade a little.
It was pricey, even with discounts…
Now what has held up well are the sheets from Serena and Lily. Those just really make the room pop! And they are super soft.
Take a look at those cool sheets. They really are to die for!
Both the style and comfort of these sheets are fantastic! They almost feel like silk.
Not only does your mind not have to process the chaos and craziness… it is so much easier when you can actually find things. It saves time, and lots of it. Children also are more likely to clean up after themselves if they know exactly where things go and it’s obvious when items are out of place.
Moving on to the headboard!!! Gavin’s headboard is WHITE!
And it stays very, very clean!!!
I just use a tape roller on it and it’s clean, in seconds.
WANT TO MAKE ONE? It’s so easy here’s your nailhead upholstered headboard instructions!
Do you have a see through dresser? No problem. Cut shapes out of card stock and use contact paper to adhere them to the inside of the drawers. Now the clothes are hidden and you’ve added an extra element of style and pattern to an otherwise plain dresser.
Home Goods is an awesome place to find art like this guitar print! I am partial to using a few large scale pieces with a lot of interest rather than using many small pieces of art.
I also like to mix up what I display on the walls. For instance I look for 3 dimensional art or objects instead of hanging 3 pictures. Like the cardboard rhino or the skateboards below.
Why use a variety of mediums in your art displays? Well it’s simple and it creates warmth, mood, and interest! How dull would it be if I just slapped 3 big pictures of guitars on the wall. Instead I am pulling from Gavin’s interest and working them into the design in a unique way. He doesn’t want to live in an art gallery. He doesn’t need to either because we have an actual kid’s art gallery in the playroom.
So what about Gavin’s stuff, where does he get to express his personality? Well, let me start by first saying I have made a rule that posters and such are not allowed on the walls. The kids are fine with that because they take pride in their “awesome” rooms. And they also have the playroom gallery! However, I have made sure to provide Gavin with ample space to hang whatever he wants on this metal bulletin board.
It’s so important to let kids and teens have places to express themselves.
Oh, and he can have the closet too!
Mood Board & Source List
For a source list or to get this look please click the picture below.
Items not included in source list include: List includes affiliate links
- Skateboards: Target $20 a piece
- Guitar Painting: Home Goods $45
- Faux Fur Rug: Walmart $16.99
- Globe: Home Goods $30
- Ceiling Lighting: Lowes $20.00 altered w/ spray paint
- Headboard made by Lesley @ Chaotically Creative
- Polka Dot Accent Pillow Case: Target $9.99 (not in stores anymore)
- Dark Grey Curtains: Ikea
- Curtain Rod: Target $39.99