Just a quick post about the concept behind the theme for my son’s room. And maybe a glimpse into the planning.
The Kid loves computers. Loves to get his hands “dirty” tearing computers apart and putting them back together. Creating something better or bigger or faster from something that already exists. If you can imagine our home office, it looks like a combination of a industrial complex, computer lab and a computer museum! Not only do we have a fair amount of working contemporary computers (did I mention we’re both BIG fans of Apple and Macintosh computers) but we have a small contingency of older, still working computers. And computers parts ev-er-y-where!
Anyway, it is the industrial aspect of this that sparked the Kid’s imagination. And of course, being a teenager, there has to be some black in there somewhere! 😉
So, we’re going with a industrial look, with the primary colors of black and grey/silver and our accent color is red. His favorite color is red, but even he says that you have to be careful with it or you can overdo red.
So, along one wall, the one with the window, I’ve designed a custom built desk, replete with tons of storage. On one side will be a standing desktop, I think he said he will put his server monitor and keyboard there. You never have to do a whole lot, so standing is better. The way it is situated, it is right next to the closet door, so he would forever be moving a chair out of his way, so this makes sense. On the other side of the window will be the sitting desk. And in between, below the window will be a similar desktop atop a cabinet (storage). The desktops will be supported by pipe legs. So, the desks were inspired by these photos:
That sets the tone for the whole room. His bed is another story, this will be mostly leather wrapped padded headboard on two sides, to make a sort of sitting space when he is not sleeping. I think he likes the ‘cave’ sort of feeling that came with sleeping in the lower bunk of his bunk beds and this will help recreate that. More on this in a later post.
The walls are going to be Gray Area with an accent wall (the one with the desks) a darker shade called Dark Ash.
The furniture (we have so far) is being painted Behr Premium Deep Space black. I have done three pieces so far and it comes out gor-geous!
For now, he is keeping the carpeting, it’s relatively new and neutral (a very light beige) but later, I’d love to replace all the carpeted surfaces in the house with hardwood. We’ll put down area rugs or something. I don’t think he minds 🙂
All the pieces are coming together, in fact, I am supposed to go out and pick up the lights I ordered for above his desks and bed. We’ve picked up his ceiling fan (still needs to be installed) and all materials have been purchased. I’ve started painting – I have the accent wall done, but this weekend is going to be the real starting point.
To give you a taste of things to come, here is one of the projects that I’ve been working on… these are the handles for his television console:
Made from black 1/2″ pipe fittings, they were pretty inexpensive and I could get exactly the sizes I needed. They did require some thorough cleaning though, handling these things left my hands “Space Black”!
I promise to add instructions and tutorials when possible in the coming days as the room comes together. I am so excited to really get started and I know the Kid is excited to be done!
Thanks for dropping by! And Happy Crafting Y’All!