Before: CorneredBrothers Killian and Davis LeDuke have very different personalities. But they agree on one thing: they want some style in their bedroom. It's messy, crowded and has no style to speak of. Although placing the two beds in a corner seems to open up more floor space, this orientation actually creates a lot of physical and visual bulk in the room. The brothers have a lot of shared space, but not a lot of space to share in their bedroom. The Design on a Dime team plans to play on both of their distinctive traits to bring character, function and color into the room.
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After: Free RangeNow it's a hip, updated bedroom that they can share while still being themselves. Individual sleeping and working areas give the brothers space to do their own thing. Putting the desks and beds across from each other on opposite walls creates balance and opens up the floor space. Although there are more distinct areas, the room still works together as a shared space. Interior designer Lee Snijders and design coordinators Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge tie in two favorite colors, brown and green, and add a kick with burnt orange accents.
Workspaces — $340
- desk chairs, Snille, $19.99 — Ikea
- side tables, $50 each — McLogan Supply Co.
Bedding — $190
- brown velvet for beds, $6 per yard — Mora Tex
Silkscreen art — $125
Mirror — $65
- mirror tiles –$25 for box of six — Lowe's
Curtains — $74
- curtains, Merete, $39.99 — Ikea
Paint, lamps & accessories — $199
- paint, Benjamin Moore, 2029 Stem Green, HC-71 Hasbrouck, $35.32/gal. — Mark's Paint Store
Total — $993
Warhol-esque PortraitsTaking a cue from Davis' fondness of '80s pop art, Charles creates silkscreen portraits of the guys. He takes the photos with a digital camera and makes an acetate black and white print. Charles makes his own silkscreen press, marks the canvas for color and handpaints the color in to save some time. He does one pass of black to imprint the boys' likeness onto the canvas. The result is totally cool.
It's a Bed, It's a CouchSince the guys want to hang out with friends in their room, Summer tailors the beds to look like couches. She stains the base of the beds with a chocolate brown and paints silver stripes with aluminum-tinted paint. A chocolate brown bed cover is tailored by pinning the fabric along the seam around the mattress. Once sewn, it makes a crisp line that looks more like an upholstered couch. Throw pillows against the wall mimic couch cushions.
Reflecting Their Creative SideUsing mirrored tiles, Summer crafts a mirror for the room. She marks the center of a piece of plywood and draws a horizontal and vertical line to use as a guide to align the tiles. Like working on a floor, she starts affixing the tiles from the middle and works her way out for an even pattern. She finishes the mirror with a chocolate brown trim and hangs it on a hinge so it can be positioned at different angles.
Retro-Futuristic DeskLee builds two identical workspaces that provide areas for two different purposes. Though they both have shelving for storage, a desk space and see-through acrylic dividers, one will be used for a computer/study space and the other will be the media/entertainment space. A chocolate brown stain and '80s space-age style tie them into the room.