I finally got around to doing my son's room. He turned 8 in August but I told him we should wait for the Ikea to open so I could get furniture there. We did end up finding his desk and chair there and they are the perfect size for him. He is a kid who really loves his room. He spends a lot of time in there and I give him pretty much free reign to do what he wants in there in terms of artwork and where he puts (copious amounts) of staples and tape. I love that he has a special place that he is really connected to so I wanted to just enhance how he felt about it by adding some color and getting it organized for him. I added some art supplies to his desk which he loves. The only things I ended up making for him were a few pillows and the shark fabric covered bulletin board. His goal in life is to be an ichthyologist ( a biologist who studies fish). He has had the same goal for about three years though last year he thought it would be cool if he could play baseball in the summers and study sharks in the off season. I (and he) love all these colors. I love the way the red pops off the blue and green. The best thing I did was getting his closet doors off and hanging curtains up. It has made things a lot easier now that we can access the whole closet and not just one half at a time. I also put his dresser in there so he has more space to play and build in his room. I liked it so much I went back and took the doors off of my daughter's room and my craft room. So nice! I wanted his room to still feel youthful- in that place between little boy and slightly bigger boy because that is where he is. I can't tell you how difficult it was to find bedding that wasn't either too young or too stupid- all sport teamed and commercial charactered out. I got lucky doing it when we did because the college dorm stuff was out. I made the valance out of a curtain and had lots left over for pillows. Such a fun stripe!
The best part is he loves it and I am done with room makevers for awhile!