Patrick’s bedroom was finished just in time for his party. (We were hanging his posters as guests were arriving! Who doesn’t work best under pressure?)
My husband wasn’t sure about the gold paint on the walls, but will admit it was a good choice. The color is in the bedskirt fabric and makes the red chair and navy bedspread really pop. Everything doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy. Get a little daring when picking paint.
But the walls needed something more than posters, so horizontal stripes turned out to be the perfect solution. I taped off random widths and bought small paint samples in navy, red and green (also found in the fabric). Painting stripes is a putzy job, but the results are worth it.
It took me a while to come up with an idea for the valances. I ordered cellular shades for the windows, so privacy and sunlight weren’t a concern. They needed to be masculine and simple. I used the red quilted fabric and added a strip of the paisley at the top.
Instead of the usual drapery hardware, I went to a big box hardware store and bought two 40” lengths of galvanized pipe. Instead of the usual drapery rings or a shirred header, I went with grommets for something different. I poked around the electrical section of the store until I found some fittings that worked as finials. Pat has a unique drapery treatment and that cost only a few dollars.
His bed and desk/TV swapped places in the room. We had to buy a new desk since the old one sort of fell apart as we moved it. We chose a desk instead of a TV stand because a desk is taller.
A few coordinating throw pillows, his movie posters and closet door handles and the room is complete.
The quilt was made by his Grandma a few years ago. The colors are perfect for the new room.
I wouldn’t have put his two DVD shelves next to each other, but it’s Pat’s room and that’s where he wanted them.
I think I will look for a floor lamp and give it to him for Christmas. Also a bulletin board for his calendars and notes. A room is never really done, it’s a work in progress and that’s OK. Rooms should evolve and change as people and seasons do. But it will be sometime before we make any changes (quite sometime!).
The room turned out just as we wanted and Pat is very happy.