My plan for #DIYPlaybookSOS is to take a reader’s space and (virtually) offer design tips and tricks on how to improve it. Now that they’ve lived with it for a while, she is eager to create a thoughtful shared kids’ room for her growing boys.
My challenges are making a kid’s room that is true to what they love (they like cars, trains, and airplanes), but also works well with the rest of our home. Our kids don’t love the bunk beds, so those can go and I want to update the lighting, curtains, art, and storage in here. Add nightstand with table lamp and a large area rug I found these similar bed frames and they’re a great price with stellar reviews.
It is a bit pricey and when I talked to Lindsey about it, she said, “They better be taking those to college with them!”, which made me laugh out loud. I like this dark gray bedding, paired with some green and blue pillows and a navy quilt. If Lindsey doesn’t want to shell out extra cash for bi-fold doors with detailing, she could opt for plain ones and add her own lattice and trim. I think it would be really cool if she did the two-tone paint technique on the doors, with the green on the bottom and white on the top, so they line up perfectly with the walls. I’d suggest making this a bigger statement for vertical storage with wood pieces added directly to the wall. They’re thin, inexpensive, and great for a kid-friendly home because they hide dirt and spills like no other.
Since they like to read in here, she absolutely needs a table lamp and this is such a cute one, plus it ties in some of the rug colors! Oh, and I’d swap out the ceiling fan for this black and brass industrial light fixture. I’d suggest installing high and wide off of the window with my go-to brass hardware.
The only thing I would change is to opt for textured baskets in the bottom row of cubbies, instead of the gray.
On it, Lindsey can use my kids’ room shelf decorating tips to display favorite toys, books, and sentimental family pieces. I’d place this one to the left of the book storage to hide the dirty clothes in style.
I’m so excited about the final piece of the room, to incorporate their love for all things that go, like trains, cars and planes! My friend, Bridget, is a photographer, and she made the coolest piece of DIY wall art for her kids’ room. I would encourage Lindsey to take some pictures of her boys’ favorite toy cars, planes, trains, etc., and get them printed large for the room.
She might want to have each boy choose his favorite toy and then display the photo over his bed!
Twin Beds // Wicker Hamper // Rug (Brick/Blue) // Wood Nightstand // Table Lamp // Light Fixture // IKEA Storage // Green Pillow // Striped Lumbar // Wood Shelf Brackets Lindsey and her husband plan to tackle this room in the upcoming months, so I’ll report back if they make these changes.
It will be fun to see which ideas they implement for this adorable shared kids’ room.