Boys’ room reveal – Part 1 (+ VIDEO)

October 26, 2017


It’s been over a year since we started design concepts for our basement space, and the boys’ room was our main motivation to make it happen! They were itching for a little room to stretch. We designed this space with the goal of making it a place that was both functional and peaceful so that they would enjoy spending time there. I couldn’t wait to add some color, so several paint swatches later, we chose Pratt and Lambert’s Accolade Interior Premium Paint & Primer in their 2018 Color of the Year, Heron (27-18).




When I saw this color, I knew it was exactly the hue I had been looking for that would tie together the tones we already had going in the space. It is a more sophisticated hue of blue that is super versatile with the type of style you are working with. Thinking through my boys’ personalities and interests, we decided to put the sofa that used to be in our living room against this wall to encourage a reading nook. They love books, animals, Star Wars, construction, art, planets, and superheroes. We will be putting bookshelves on the other side of the room, so we turned this space into a cozy area where all cool kids can hang….including mom and dad, if they let us.





I pulled design inspiration from Pratt & Lambert’s color forecast Beyond, which consists of four color trend stories: Diverge, Boundless, Synthesize and Intention. The color forecast and color of the year are selected by Pratt & Lambert’s color and design experts. Since we were looking to create a space that was a step away from distractions and media, we selected the color Heron (27-18) from the Intention trend story. The color palette of Intention was created to bring a more calm and mindful vibe to any room of the home, so it I love that it reflected the goals of the space. We used an eggshell finish for a more matte look.


Another design aspect featured in Intention is greenery. You might have noticed the plant life we put in almost every room in our home. That is because I think it brings so much peace to a space, and makes a room feel more inviting. I am so happy this room can be a little retreat for them.


We will share the rest of the boys’ room soon! I wouldn’t mind using this Heron blue paint in my own room now.  There is something so serene about it. Have you tried a bold color in your home? If a full room is too much a commitment for you, try just a wall! You will be surprised how much character it can contribute.

Here is a time lapse video we made compressing the span of the design process over a few days time down to one minute! If you like these type of videos, subscribe to on YouTube so we know to make more!


Items featured: Pratt and Lambert Paint in Heron (27-18)Tufted sofa (former living room sofa), Boho dots rug, fiddle leaf fig tree (faux version), basket planter, Max Wanger Mediterranean print, picture ledge shelf, float shelf, buffalo print, framebridge family photo, moon print (made using a graphic), Star Wars ships print, framesthrow, velvet pillows.

*This post is sponsored by Pratt and Lambert. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. You can learn more about Beyond, Pratt & Lambert’s 2018 Color trends here.

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  • I generally don’t like dark walls but the boys room works so well with the paint colour! It’s so grown up, I can see it lasting a long time!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • I’m pretty sure this needs to be titled ‘Little Man Suite Reveal Pt. 1’ :O


    Off to go show this to the hub and tell him all the things I want for our basement now!

  • Love this! Where did you get the fiddle leaf? Is it real, looks beautiful!

  • Ok I am so inspired! We have a huge master, and now rather than two chairs, I’m thinking a couch will make it a great place for our family to gather. Add some shelving for books (something our home really needs) and it would be so cozy. Love the paint color. We did hale navy in my son’s room, and I’m still loving it.

  • LOVE that color!! Wow…. just wow.

  • I really love it! Especially the colors. How amazing to take one wall and turn it into a reading nook. However, it seems way too dark to read on the couch. Don’t you need a reading light there to be able to read?

  • I love their room and that color! I was wondering where you got the rug at?

    • just kidding. I watched the video a second time and saw it. I don’t know how i missed it the first time.

  • I Love everything about It! Really looks like a spot they can really enjoy and grow with/in for a long time!
    And the answer to the color question…. yes I have color in EVERY room. This is the 1st house we’ve owned and going from renting and not being able to paint … I kinda went a lil crazy?? my boys room is a beautiful blue a lil lighter to yours … when we painted we had them paint they’re lil hands with white paint and put they’re prints hidden in they’re closet. They’re covered by clothes but I take a peek every now and then and remember when they where that small ??
    Trying to go the opposite and lighten the front room up though, hoping it will lighten and open up the small space.

    • It was so fun to add color to this room because when we moved in we painted almost everything white to start new. I love how white reflects natural light, but I will always be drawn to rich color. 🙂

  • That looks fantastic! Maybe I missed it in the video, but what are the throw hooks?

    • Hi Beth! They are also from Target. They came in a set of 3 from the Threshold line. I couldn’t find the link online, but should be in store:)

  • AMAZING!!! I love everything about the portion of the room you have shared. The color, the greenery, that sofa(!), and the water picture you have on the wall. Can I come visit?? 😉

  • I love this!! It’s beautiful Anna!

  • Heidi Ferguson

    Wow! What a statement the Heron paint color makes…so masculine and rich ! I know the boys will love being there – I would too! Can’t wait to see the rest ! You are SO GOOD at designing a space Anna!

  • This space turned out amazing! I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s all complete!


  • Love the room so far! This will work for years to come. Can I ask where you got the large frame?

  • Anna, just wondering how you keep the plants in your home safe from the littlest people in your home? (or keep the little people safe from the plant!)

    • Hi Therese! So we actually had a problem with our littlest getting into the soil lately, ha! Which is why we moved the fiddle leaf to the boys’ room so she couldn’t get to it. I have to keep them out of reach for the most part in areas she isn’t playing.

  • Linda Evans

    Love the blanket hanger! Where are they from?

  • Hi. You guys are the cutest. Excited for your new project too!
    I swear you said somewhere that the blanket wall hooks were target. Was I right? thanks!

  • […] Part 1 of this room here, where we did a timelapse video of designing “the dark side” wall! Bunk Beds: Amazon Bedding: Under the Canopy Pillows: Under the Canopy Strong & Smart Pennants: Brim Papery Tufted sofa: Home Decorators(former living room sofa) Paint: Pratt and Lambert in Heron (27-18), Picture ledge shelf: Target, Float shelf: Target Large Art:Max Wanger Mediterranean print Hooks: Target Art: Buffalo Print, Star Wars ships print Throws: Anthro + Target` Rugs: The Novogratz Collection by Momeni Rugs c/o Spotted Rug, Escape Rug (Currently 50% off) Letterboard: Letterfolk Co. Desk: Target Green Lamp: Target Vintage Chair Small Rug: Waiting on Martha Pendant Lights: Pottery Barn Kids c/o (on sale) Recessed canned lighting: Bellacor Window Bench storage units: Target Storage Baskets: Target Curtains: West Elm Dresser: Pottery Barn Kids c/o Large Map: Vintage Large canvas art: Anewall Decor Kids art frames: Target […]

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  • Hi Anna, how do you layout beds for all 3 boys? Or do they not all share a room?

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