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Before and After: An Amazing Big Boy Bedroom Makeover

  • Photo by Joe Schmelzer

    Before and After intro

    Who doesn't love a good makeover story? This one comes to us from one of our favorite West Coast designers, Kyle Schuneman, who has collaborated with Bed Bath & Beyond and APT 2B on exclusive product lines and decorated countless spaces. In this project he teamed up with a young family to transition their son, River, 3, from nursery to a big boy bedroom that he could grow into as he gets older. By keeping the palette neutral, packing in plenty of storage and choosing sophisticated furniture to anchor the space, Schuneman accomplished just that and did it with an extra dose of style and whimsy perfect for a kid's space. Click through to see a before shot and highlights from the makeover, and shop the look here.

  • Photo by Joe Schmelzer

    Before: Basic Baby

    River's nursery was modern, fun and functional but didn't provide the best backdrop for transitioning into the tween and teen years.

  • Photo by Joe Schmelzer

    After: Big Boy Bedroom Bliss

    Schuneman chose Colorhouse's Clay for the walls because "it was a rusty neutral that felt sophisticated enought that River would like it in 5 to 10 years." Navy accents add an instant richness to the room, while a nubby burnt orange upholstered bed frame is soft and classic in silhouette. But the showstopper is a wood-paneled feature wall that Schuneman created with a product called Stikwood. "It's peel-and-stick reclaimed wood slats, so it's super easy to install," says Schuneman. "I wanted to bring in an architectural element to anchor the space with shades that tie into the Clay-colored walls." Shop the look here.



  • Photo by Joe Schmelzer

    Reading Corner

    Schuneman added plenty of storage for River's toys and books, including bins, shelves and drawers. "I wanted the storage to be plentiful but also not so useful-looking," he says. "Shelves are a great way to show off what you want to show off. Right now that's small books and toys, but the piece can easily be used later on for textbooks and trophies." Shop the look here.

  • Photo by Joe Schmelzer

    Double-Duty Furniture

    With this room, Schuneman definitely had in mind River growing into his furniture. "Right now the dresser is serving as a diaper station," he says. "But it's a cool midcentury-style piece that will be great for him down the road." Shop the look here.