Vibrant, Playful Boy's Room

A vibrant primary color palette and a platform bed with an attached slide and fort-like hideout combine to create a playful haven for an energetic 11-year-old boy.
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November 25, 2014

Indoor Playground

What kid wouldn't love to slide out of bed every morning? Rather than traditional bunk beds, 11-year-old Jacob chose a platform bed with a cool hidden fort below and attached slide that makes getting out of bed child's play.

Primary Palette

When designing Jacob's room, his mom, Cynthia, chose an updated twist on a primary color palette, selecting olive green as the main color, which she accented with saturated shades of blue, red and yellow.

Spacious Kid Space

Jacob's room isn't just big on color, it's roomy to boot. The main bedroom area measures 13' x 10' with the space-saving platform bed helping to make the room feel even more spacious. The adjacent office area, with a massive desk, measures 9' x 5' and leads to an attached bathroom.

Dedicated Homework Area

A built-in desk provides plenty of space for Jacob to work on homework, school projects or just play.

Stash Their Stuff

Unlike many preteen boys, Jacob loves to be organized. Color-coded bins under his bookshelf keep clutter out of sight.

Trophy Corner

Jacob's primary hobby is riding dirt bikes and he has amassed quite a collection of trophies. Cynthia painted stainless steel corner shelves red then mounted them above the desk to display them.

Sunny Ceiling

Cynthia wanted Jacob's room to feel sunny so she painted the ceiling yellow, which visually warms the space and casts a golden glow.

Organization Station

Cynthia constructed this large corkboard/chalkboard combo, which dominates one wall of Jacob's room, as a place for him to doodle, post homework reminders and show off souvenirs and awards.

Customized Window Treatments

Cynthia decided the blue valances were too plain so she spray-painted sections of an aluminum room divider red then attached them to the valance.

Private Getaway

Cynthia added a twin mattress to the area under the platform bed so Jacob could have friends over for sleepovers. Fabric panels add privacy and make it Jacob's favorite hideaway.

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