10 Great Kids' Rooms
Old-Skool Boarding Boy's Room
By Yuki Hayashi
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Not all tweens and teens are into high-tech and high-fi, at least not when it comes to decor. This minimalist, retro-style bedroom from the book, Found Style, contains only the essentials: a twin bed with a discount-store velour blanket, hand-me-down furniture and accessories, plus boards, boards and more boards. The snowboards leaning against the walls contribute to the room’s aesthetic, as do the skateboards on the floor (all pleasant reminders of favorite hobbies, too, not a bad thing when living with moody teens and preteens!). A surfboard stored on top of a pair of circa-70s speakers creates both a footboard for the bed and a handy perch for the alarm clock. (Garage sales, eBay.com and Craig’sList.com are good places to find vintage pieces in case “dude” doesn’t want to scratch his new Burton boards. The Burton.com web site has some inspiring images, too.) Warm white walls and wide-plank hardwood floors add a mellow vibe, while simple white cotton blinds offer shade without fussy ornamentation. Trophies and found art objects prove that this room is all about what really matters to its inhabitant – earning big-time, cool-mom cred for you.
Photo by Colin McGuire, from Found Style: Vintage Ideas for Modern Living (2003), by David and Amy Butler, courtesy Chronicle Books.