My clients faced a challenge. They had moved from a large family home with ample sized children’s rooms to a patio home with amazing views. The new home was designed smarter in many ways, but the kids’ rooms were small. It was a challenge for them to have friends over to hang out and spend the night. So many homes in the DFW area have large media rooms that largely go unused, but not this one! The smaller secondary bedrooms happily forced the family to frequently use their media room. To maximize the sleepover and movie watching potential, we designed custom bunk beds for the back wall opposite the large projection screen. The area accommodated 3 twin size mattresses. The fourth spot was turned into a gamer’s cave (another bed can be added later if desired.) Each bunkie space has its own sconce light and there are electric outlets in each, so guests can plug in their phones. The client was looking for a “Colorado Cool” vibe. A clean, contemporary look. So we custom designed shiplap patterns and painted them in a dark green gray. Juxtaposing the direction of the shiplap felt modern and kept the space from feeling too “farmhouse” and the rich green gray added a touch of sophistication. The standard drywall columns were replaced with custom designed shiplap patterns and new sleek sconces. The furnishings were kept clean and functional with touches of spice tones for fun and warmth. The sectional houses a double sofa bed for additional guests.
The snack center just outside the media room got an update as well. Out went the old upper cabinets in favor of rustic floating shelves. More shiplap behind the shelves and in the tray ceiling of the game room echoed the elements in the media room beyond. A fresh color for the lowers added a touch of fun.
The family loves their new Bunkie Media Room and it’s in constant use! The homeowner is so happy to be actively using every room in her home. She even looks forward to a day, long down the road, when grandchildren will giggle in the bunkies!
Photography: Susan Lynch