Project: Boy’s Den
Nestled high up in an old roof space was this once unused, attic bedroom. Cold, unloved and used only as a storage space, my client wanted to bring it back into the twenty first century and inject some wow back into the space.
I was so happy to be brought in at the very beginning of this project, and to over see all the build and design works. My client’s brief was to forgo the guest bedroom, and to make a large den for one of her boys. Not only was this space to be used as a study, but also a bedroom, a dressing room, a library, and chill out area and it was to even include an en-suite! This was rather a lot to squeeze in this space, but it was a challenge I welcomed!
As this was a loft space, I was governed by the low beams and ceiling heights. This did limit where the furniture could be housed, but I came up with a design that would over come this.
I decided to divide the room up into four main sections, one being the en-suite at the far end of the loft space, then the dressing room, the bedroom and then the chill out area.
Focusing on the highest part of the room, I decided to build a large book case right up to the ceiling. This created a dividing wall, one side for the bed head and the other side a wall for the study area. The bed was then cocooned; snugly tucked into the corner and out of sight. It had its own special dimmable lighting and was hidden from view. I decided to wallpaper the other side of the wall with a large bespoke graffiti design using striking imagery, it really did bring colour back into the room. Backed on to this was the study area, again bespoke built in furniture utilised the dormant eave space, and a beautiful timber worktop housed the shaker style base units.
The fun bit for me was the chill out zone; the very modern sofa could become an additional bed for guests. I commissioned further furniture to house the play station and other gadgets, and I carefully positioned the drum kit under the window for that much needed head and arm height.
Colours – well they were fun fun fun! I wanted to create an urban edgy feel, with faux brickwork, bright graffiti, black furniture and contrasting colours on the soft furnishings. To compliment this look I opted for a solid oak floorboard, glass lighting, bespoke pictures and a custom printed blind. I added the brightness and texture in the form of a rug, I contrasted this with the softness of a leather chair and I gave the room a twist of fun in the form of geometric and abstract cushions.
The en-suite was completely re-designed to flow with the new scheme. Dark, rustic tiles were used, bright white sanitary ware was fitted and coordinated fittings completed the look of this amazing boy’s space.
When I was asked if the space would work as the occupant grew older, the answer was a resounding yes. We chose the themes carefully making sure that we didn't include fads that he might grow out of - the comic strip style of the graffiti has a timelessness that would work for a young person, male or female and which they would not feel constrained by (or embarrassed by) as they hit adolescence. Who would not be pleased with this amazing den? A space to hide away from the parents, a space to bring your friends and a place to relax as well as study. Surely it’s a dream come true for one lucky boy?