Rivera Home Reveal: this Boys Bedroom Is Gaming Central
When I first stepped into boys’ bedroom I was honestly taken aback by the size! The largest room on the second floor by far, its really the perfect space for three growing boys. As I walked around, I could see the potential. One of things that Jon and Meka had requested in our consultation was that this room have defined spaces for both sleeping and playing in. To do, that we would need to move things around a bit while also bringing in some new decor.
Walking through the space, I honestly liked the layout going on. I could see that we would need to make a few changes here and there, such as with the space above. I figured we could either have a desk and the cubby on that wall; moving the Legos somewhere else OR we could have a wall with a couple of large 3 x 5 cubbies.
Despite which option we went with, I knew that we should defiantly have a major gallery wall going on on the wall above the desk and cubby! It would be the perfect opportunity to drop in some color.
With ample closets, we felt comfortable ditching the dresser and putting the baby’s crib in it’s place. Plop a big piece of art above it and we would be set!
THE FUNCTIONAL NEEDS:
DEFINED SPACES: One of the main requests from Jon and Meka was that this room have defined spaces, one for sleep and another for play.
STORAGE: While they were cool with the idea of ditching the dresser, Meka did want to make sure that we took in storage for games and toys into account.
THE STYLISTIC NEEDS:
WALL ART: Just as with the girls’ room, I proposed a gallery wall on the wall below, using graphic prints such as these: one, two, three, four, five. I felt that not only are these age-appropriate but they were cool enough that the boys wouldn’t tire of them down the road. Not only would the pieces fill up this wall nicely but they would be the perfect pop of color and pattern! In the end, though we decide to use our budget elsewhere and use some old frames and prints that the Riveras already had. The boys are young and very into games at the moment, so it ended up being great!
DEFINED SPACES: One of the most important requests that we got was that the boys’ bedroom have defined spaces for sleeping and playing in. We did this a number of ways, one being through use of area rugs! In the “sleeping space” we laid down this cozy, woven area rug from Joss and Main. Placing it horizontally so that it touched the both the bunk bed and the crib, it created a sort of “zone” for the space. As you’ll note, there isn’t much over on that side of the room besides the beds, so its clear that its meant for sleeping. We used this trick again in the “play space”, laying down a round area rug. The bean bags and colorful wall art help to create a fun atmosphere that signify “it’s time to play!”
STORAGE: Between the cubby storage system and the gray woven baskets from Target, the boys’ bedroom is set on storage! We used the cubby for storing books and smaller toys, hidden in fabric bins; while the sturdy woven baskets we used for stuffed animals and larger plastic toys. Later this year, the Riveras plan on getting a small media center for below the TV to store video game equipment in.
GAMING AREA: While they like to play Legos, draw and read, the Rivera boys’ LOVE to play video games! Knowing this, I knew that we should center the play area around that. We did this by making sure that there was ample floor space available for people to sit down and play/watch. We threw in an area rug and couple of bean bags for a pop of color and comfort. The round rug gives the space a fun energy, focused on play.
WINDOW TREATMENTS: This natural wooden curtain rod really helped to elevate the look of the room. Paired with some cobalt blue blackout curtains, the boys’ are ensured to get a good nights sleep.
LIGHTING: This stacked ball floor lamp is the only light source that we added to the bedroom but boy does it make a difference! The color looks beautiful against the gray walls. Tucked in the corner of the room, its safe from getting knocked down. Down the road, if they feel like the rooms needs more light, this tapered ceramic table lamp would look great on the desk!
So funny story…I originally intended this piece of art for our home! Ever since getting to know the Riveras I had been wanting to incorporate scripture into our home. So when I saw this piece at Home Goods, I snatched it up! It wasn’t until I got back to the apartment though that I realized it was going to be too big for our space. That and the fact that we’re moving, meant that it wasn’t meant to be. I put it back in the car with every intention on returning it to the store later that week however when I swung by the Rivera’s for an Installation, I thought, “this would look perfect above the crib in the boys room!” And it does! Being that Christ is the center of their home, its important to the Riveras to have scripture in every room of their house. So this ended up working out perfectly.