Kyle is going to be 11 this year. He loves legos, science - especially Astronomy, being active, minecraft, and playing with his niece, Kamryn.
His room reflects all those things, and yet it is also cluttered as it is a very small room - about 10x10 with the closet coming into the room.
Just as you come in his cool desk is on the left. full of legos, rocks and anatomy pages. ;)
I'm okay with this because its a roll top desk and it all can be 'out of sight' with a quick pull down of the roll top.
Tim made this bookcase/toy storage when Kyle was a baby. It was white, but I've painted it with ASCP in French Linen. (Kyle, who is VERY sentimental was completely fine with it staying white) I am trying to add in some more of a pre-teen/teen look to his room, since he doesn't like stuff to change. Example of his lack of wanting change; his big basket of cars. He doesn't really play with them anymore, so I was going to move them downstairs. They'd be accessible if we had young guests, but he's not ready for that yet. He also said, "Kamryn still plays with them, Mom." So, okay, they'll stay.
My inspiration for painting the bookcase grey is this metal K.
Now to explain a few things. There is one window in this room and it is behind this bunk bed. The bunk is low, and Kyle and Tim made the top bunk a platform for building and playing, yes, you guessed it - Legos! The light in this room is coming from his window and its white curtain which is still closed. That paper plate on his shelf? He drew lego minecraft characters two years ago. He doesn't want to throw it out yet!
He has some cool vintage (from my dads collection of old Astronomy magazines) posters about the Solar System and that kind of thing. I want to keep those, but would like to ditch his birthday poster from last August. He likes it and wants it to stay. We are working on a compromise!
When you have such a small room, I think it's important to keep things as clutter free as possible. For me it means that legos must be contained on the desk, the loft, or the bins. But it's also important that there not be so much visual clutter. So we'll be working on that. I may paint this room this summer - he is into green these days.
Bit by bit it'll get changed. I don't want to come in and make it into my image, it's HIS room, but I do want it to grow with him, and make his room function better.
Joining these fun gals again this week @ Thoughts of Home