Some Bedroom Updates

by Chris on January 31, 2012

When I first showed you my son’s room, I tried to explain that it wasn’t finished. Well, it’s still not finished. However, it is a couple of steps closer.

Because I chose an industrial look in here, it definitely limits the color implementation in the room. I thought a powerful rug would help with that.

orange gray rug

I figured it might be nearly impossible to find an orange, gray and brown rug, but Rugs USA knew what I needed. At the time, it was 40% off (it’s 35% off now), so it was very well priced.

teen bedroom rug

Of course, this is usually how it looks in here. It’s the perfect buffer between my son’s dirty feet and the carpet. striped rug

Last summer, I found this little display shelf for $5.00. Now that my son’s getting older, it’s more difficult to keep the little trinkets on display without him shoving them into a drawer. These are the ornaments, medals, shells, etc.  that he’s been collecting that have some meaning to him.

display shelf

And no…it’s no accident that you haven’t seen the other side of the room yet. I still haven’t painted his dresser. So daunting when your time is limited, ya know? Soon. Soon.



Amy January 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Wow! So far it looks fantastic, like it should be in a magazine! How does your son like it??

Alicia January 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Lookin’ good! Love the color combos and the planked wall is awesome! The rug is a great find and exactly what the room needed! Can’t wait to see it finished!

Carli@fearfullyandwonderfullymade January 31, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I love it so far, the rug is such a great addition to the room!

Shaunna January 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm

You KNOW I love that wood wall, and the rug is perfect! Great job, my dear. Oh, I’m sorry, Myyyy Deaaah. :-D

Chris January 31, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Ha! You know what that accent does to me. :) Thank you, friend!

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle January 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm

That rug is perfect in there! I love how it ties all of the colors together. I had to laugh at your son in the photo, as that’s the same position and look my boys usually have in their spare time. :-). I love the room!

Chris January 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I know, right? He looks like a zombie! Thanks, Jenny! It’s getting there!

Mandy@Cre8iveMotives January 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Love the colors of the rug. My son’s room color scheme is grey and orange too. It’s the perfect color combo for a tween boy.


Chris February 2, 2012 at 6:56 am

Agreed, Mandy. Great minds must think alike! I’m sure he could care less, but I love it. Thank you!

Julie @ PushingTwigs February 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

Haha…I totally get the lack-of-time thing. I’m working on a project in my dining room and it’s taking for. ever. I love what you’ve done in your son’s room so far. That’s my next project – turning the old craft/play room into my toddler’s “big boy” room. I wish there were two of me so I could git ‘er done! Can’t wait to see what you did with the dresser…I love refurbishing old pieces of furniture!

Jill Flory February 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

Oh I love the rug! Perfect! And the orange throw across the foot of his bed is the perfect touch too. That room needs to be in a magazine. Get that dresser painted and start sending pics to all the mags!!

Chris February 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

Seriously? That was such an awesome compliment. Thank you, Jill! Off to paint that dresser? :)

Bossy Betty February 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

You are so talented! I love the way you choose colors and accessories.

Chris February 2, 2012 at 6:53 am

Oh man. What a great thing to say, Bossy Betty. Thank you!

ToTheMoonandBack February 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

Lookin’ FABULOUS!!!

Beth@A2Z February 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

I’m loving it so far Chris! Amazing job as always :).

Lauren McP February 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

This is SUCH a fantastic space. Love the wood planked wall and the charcoal bedding is fab.

Chris February 2, 2012 at 6:53 am

Thanks so much, Lauren!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} February 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Great choice. Those colors are so fantastic. So much texture in the room. I love it. What a lucky young man.

Chris February 2, 2012 at 6:52 am

A high compliment coming from you. :) I’m not sure that he feels so lucky, however. I was so giddy from my find, but he was just annoyed that I made him move out of the way so I could take pictures. Boys.

Lori February 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Incredibly perfect rug find! It looks so good with everything! I love the color combo and how everything is coming together so nicely. Can’t wait to see “the other side.” :-)

Chris February 2, 2012 at 6:52 am

Ha! Thank you, Lori. It’s like this deep mystery, eh? I figure I’ll have it done before he gets married. That’s my goal. :)

Pamela February 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

I love it! Magazine picture perfect! Where is all his stuff though?? That’s my biggest question when I see adorable boy rooms — and then peak into my sons room. WHERE DOES ALL THE “STUFF” go! :)


Chris February 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

Great question, Pamela. In the original post of his room, you’ll see that I bought an Expidit bookshelf from Ikea. I bought hyde-like baskets to go in it, and it holds EVERYTHING. Love it! I also have a basket/trunk that I bought to hold all of his Nerf guns. :) Believe me–he’s got stuff! It’s just hidden!

Erin @ How to Nest for Less February 2, 2012 at 7:44 am

LOVE that rug!! That pallet wall looks absolutely perfect with your color scheme. SUPER jealous of your taste & abilities!!

Erin Spain February 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

Great room! Love the colors and industrial style.


Nicole @ everyday giggles February 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

Thanks for the inspiration. I’m currently working on my 14 year old son’s bedroom. His walls are gray and the carpet is charcoal. I think I need to add a rug for some bold color.

Sayward February 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm

This looks great. What a great older boys room. Simple and tasteful!

cassie {hi sugarplum} February 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

The rug is perfection for the room! Don’t you love the (rare occasion) when things work out perfectly!!?? Happy Weekend, Chris!

Brenna February 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I absolutely love the color combination. Please give your opinion on the quality of the rug. Are you pleased with it based on the price? When it comes to ordering online for items such as rugs, it gives me anxiety. ;) I’d love to hear your take.

Jenny February 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I absolutely love it! You have such a great eye :)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog February 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I Love it!! The color scheme, the wood wall…that new rug. Awesome!

Mirela February 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I love that rug! The color scheme. And the shelf, what a great find. I could use one of those for my son’s bedroom, he loves to display everything :-)

Courtney Mac February 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

That rug is perfect for the room, fantastic find!!

Christa February 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

My 12 year old son saw this room over the weekend and has not stopped asking for a room re-do of his own – exactly like this one!! :-) He, too, had the same question of another commenter – where is all his stuff? That’s what he likes about the room – it’s clutter free. You’ve inspired him (and me) for a room makeover.

Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story February 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Looooooooooove the room. The pop of orange and the of course the reclaimed wood wall. Already pinned it. Going to do something similar when my boy’s room need s a tween update in a few years.

Chris February 23, 2012 at 12:29 am

Thank you, Vidya! Glad I could give you some ideas! Good luck!

Nathalie April 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I have been looking everywhere for a throw like the one on your son’s bed, could you post where you bought it, please I am desperate. Thanks!

Chris April 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I found it at Ikea for about $7.00. Good luck, Nathalie!

jamie September 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

Found this AWESOME room googling around! We just put a pallet wall in my son’s room and are looking for a nice complementary gray to paint the rest of the room. Can you tell me what yours is?

Chris October 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I’m pretty sure it’s Sabre Gray by Ben Moore. I included it in the original post for you. Good luck!!!

Betsy October 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I think this is a great color combination!!! I have been looking for a gray bedspread with a masculine touch, where did you find that one???

Chris October 26, 2012 at 12:00 am

Hi Betsy, I just wrote a post on it a week ago. Here you go!

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