If you talk to your kids about redecorating the rumpus or their own rooms, you will in all likelihood be told “You are so last century, Mum” Tech-savy kids these days want a Media Room, yes, ca-ching$, ca-ching$, but it will grow with them and they will use it for a number of years. Be warned though: all their friends will want to be at your place so there will be noise, smells and mess. However, it is better they are home at yours than being goodness knows where isn’t it?
So, they will want a computer, big-screen television, and games console. Maybe even a tennis table or a pool table if you have room. They require something to layabout on, because that is what they do. The space needs to be bullet proof and practical. It’s also room to do schoolwork, play games, rough-house, read, daydream, visit with friends and stockpile toys. You can make it themed as well, but you will need to have the preceding items in there first! ( You can get them to work off their half of the cost and your half could be a combined Christmas or Birthday present for each item.) For security reasons try to make it a shared space like a rumpus or home office- so the computer is there and not tucked away in their bedrooms. The shared space is a good place for the TV too as kids need technology ‘downtime’ these days, and the bedroom should remain just that. Clever storage is also a must also you can stash away consoles and games when the big kids (parents) actually get to use the space. Baskets and draws on wheels and castors can be popped away in cupboards. All the above is also useful to remember for their bedrooms as well.
Themes? Well, you can create themes around where you have travelled – it is a good to use all that memorabilia and can make for a fun space. Or perhaps junior is interested in cricket, rugby or music. So create a “Room of Fame” and put framed prints of their favourite heroes up on the walls. The owner of this bedroom below was a young man you adored cricket so we had some cricket nets made as bed ends and a storage unit to make him feel like he was always at batting practice. (He is still playing at 21 years, so I guess it worked!)
Don’t spend too much money on the shared space or bedrooms as they simply do not care, but let your imagination go, and have something cool. Paint it in an amazing colour or let the accessories do the work. Do not get too hung up about it going with the rest of the house as you will have to shut the door when visitors come anyway – because the “floordrobe” is put to better use than the wardrobe! They also grow up and grow out of themes really quickly.
This bedroom was done inexpensively with duvets, flags, and bunting around the edge of it. The boat in the corner was found on the beach and dragged home. The lifebuoy was also found on a wharf, and inexpensive pictures all carried on the theme. Chains, ropes and anchors where bought at the local DIY store. Not too much expense, just time and imagination required. We then made the theme a little more grown up by repainting a very dark moody adolescent blue. A bit more man cave. Still used the same accessories and storage, but changed the duvet covers and got rid of the flags. The kids have left now, but the cat is still here!
The other room had an African Explorer theme which stood the test of time and used up Egyptian art, African artefacts mixed in with a zebra print on bed cushions and antique desk and chair. Here at the Hutton House they have become adult rooms now, complete with Queen sized beds and we are working on getting rid of the accumulated clutter of 20 years. (Yes the timer is set on Wednesdays for one hour if you want to join in!) We are aspiring for a rumpus space that looks more like the one below…..
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