Inspired by his favorite superheroes Spider-Man, Captain America and Superman Mino Kon had his bedroom remodeled into a multipurpose activity and sleeping space packed with his favorite color, red. Use red as an accent color, because it can become overpowering. In Mino's room, red was used sparingly, allowing the room to be balanced yet still energetic.
Prior to the room remodel, there was no space for Mino to lounge around with friends, mostly due to his old loft bed, which created wasted space above and below it. Thanks to his new loft bed, there's plenty of space below to play or sit and visit with friends. The fire engine-red boucle upholstery of his swivel chairs instantly made the sculptural seating the star of the show.
Known for its ability to radiate warmth, red was the color of choice for bedding in the sleeping area of Mino's new loft bed. Mino says: "You don't even know it's red until you get up here. From the floor it all looks blue and white. It's like a secret hiding spot; you only see the red if I invite you up."
Mino's room is only 8 feet by 9 feet, so it was important to stick with furniture that wouldn't make it feel cramped or closed in. To integrate steps into his loft bed architecturally and allow the abundant natural light to stream inside the lounge space below, seven capsule shapes were cut out for Mino's tiny feet and spaced close together. This not only allows for him to climb swiftly and safely, but it also acts as a room divider between the lounge space and the homework area.
Red is a stimulant, so it was the perfect color for Mino's homework and craft station. Ready-made cabinets in a glossy red lacquer finish from a big box retailer made a spot for Mino to work on school assignments or get creative with crafts. The workstation was integrated architecturally below the room's 8-foot window.
Although Mino's desk chair needed to be comfortable, sturdy and stylish, incorporating one into the room for under $200 was even more important. A $59 parsons chair from a big box retailer filled the bill after it was professionally upholstered with two yards of $7.99 gingham fabric and adorned with polished nickel nailheads. Mino now has custom seating without the custom price tag.
Kids' rooms should include a touch of whimsy. Instead of basic hardware for the cabinet doors of Mino's homework station, 8-inch polished nickel towel rings were installed. This unexpected choice also serves double duty: Mino's socks and hand towels can be laid out on the rings before soccer games or T-ball, keeping them organized and within arm's reach.
Since red encourages activity, and active children are prone to spills, scratches and smudges, it was important the desktop surface of Mino's homework station be durable. Instead of wood or lacquered MDF, laminate with a brushed aluminum effect was used. This allows the sleek, modern look of aluminum to be part of the room's design. It has enough durability to withstand sticky fingers and edges of jagged toys.
In order to add a burst of red to the exterior wall of Mino's room, a custom Roman shade was made from fire engine-red canvas and lined with blackout liner. The liner aids in temperature control, keeping the space cooler in the afternoon when the sun's rays are strongest.
White bamboo hardwoods were installed in Mino's room for two reasons: to balance the intensity of the room's red accents and to reflect the abundant natural light, making the room appear slightly larger.