Before & After
Similar to the primary bedroom, this room is massive! It felt like a great opportunity to create a bedroom that could double as a playroom or game room. You can see below in the before photo that it was large enough for both a bed and large seating area.
And here’s what we did with it. We were able to fit two sets of bunk beds. And most notably, we removed the exterior door for safety reasons. Since this room is intended to be for children, and the backyard has a pool, we didn’t want the room to have direct access outdoors.
I love textured walls, but this room had a comb texture and it certainly wasn’t what I’d choose. Skim coating walls is quite pricey though, so we chose to keep it.
The very low ceiling had the texture as well, along with painted orange beams, another feature I wouldn’t choose (I’d prefer natural wood).
So I decided to paint everything one color, so that your eye didn’t stop on the low ceiling with the defined beams and instead it all felt like one seamless ocean of color!
We had great debate within our family about this color, but ultimately let our five year old choose it. The paint color he picked is called Aquatic by Dunn Edwards.
This deep, jewel tone makes a huge room feel cozy.
Bunk Room Decor Ideas
After my custom bunk bed plan fell through for this space, I found these dark wood bunk beds and I am pretty happy with them!
I prioritized doing a twin over full style bunk bed so that they could accommodate more children and/or adults could fit comfortably on them, too.
Stripe Bolster Pillow | Red Woven Pillow
I went with navy bedding from our partner Tuft & Needle to continue to play into that dark and cozy feeling, and added pops of color on top.
I also added these plug-in brass lights for a reading light on the bottom bunks. This is one of those two for one, a fun design element and a functional improvement!
The bunk beds had a large open space underneath, so I added some large baskets for storing extra bedding or toys.
Because this room is so vast, I layered a large jute rug with a vintage moroccan one on top for a pop of color.
The open space is great for playing. I found this cute chess table on Facebook Marketplace with some floor pillows, too.
This room needed a special chandelier to anchor the ceiling and replace the ceiling fan that hung far too low. I went with this brass floral chandelier from one of my favorite lighting companies, Sazerac Stitches. It lights up the whole room and looks absolutely stunning while doing so.
With two large closets, and lots of baskets under the bed, this room didn’t need much more storage. But I loved this little red chest I found at an antique mall for any smaller storage needs and used it as an opportunity to add a small gallery wall above.
Butterflies and botanicals were a common pattern thread through this space so we picked out these art pieces as a family, and combined them with a mini collection of mirrors.
A Cozy Reading Nook
Adding a reading nook to a bedroom seems like a no-brainer, especially when it’s such a large space.
We had two wallpaper moments on the other side of the home, in both the guest room and the primary bathroom, but we couldn’t do wallpaper on this side of the house due to the wall texture. Instead, I wanted to add pattern with textiles!
I fell in love with this floral pattern from Rifle Paper Co. and landed on adding in the Louie Settee from their collection with Cloth & Company.
Continued adding my pops of red with a vintage textile framed as art and this incredible red pillow from an antique shop.
The final touch was this turquoise reading light! I adore that the floral patterns play off of those dramatic doors that lead into the room.
This bunk room fits with the rest of the home, but has enough space and fun bunk beds to make it perfect for the kids who visit, and that’s exactly what I hoped for!
Photos by Jeff Mindell, Design by Kelly Mindell
Teal Bunk Room Sources
Paint Color: Aquatic by Dunn Edwards*
Saltillo Tile: Colores de Mexico
Jute Rug: Rugs USA
Red Moroccan Rug: Soukie Modern
Bunk Beds: Target
Mattresses: Tuft & Needle*
Navy Blue Duvet Covers: Tuft & Needle*
Red Woven Pillows: tlali pani
Pink Stripe Bolster Pillow: Jungalow for Target
Chandelier: Sazerac Stitches*
Brass Reading Lights: Lowes
Floral Settee: Rifle Paper Co for Cloth & Company*
Turquoise Sconce: Etsy
Antique Doors: Arte de Mexico
All other decor items in the space were antique or second-hand.
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Is the couch comfortable?! I love it and their other patterns!
Yes! It’s a small settee and doesn’t have arms, so it’s more like an accent chair than a comfy, kick back in it couch but I was really impressed with the quality and how easy it was to put together (comes in two pieces and the cushions are attached to each so they aren’t slipping everywhere always!). We’re really happy with it!
Obsessed! Every room reveal just keeps getting better & better.
All of these rooms are seriously so beautiful. I actually love the wall texture and how it adds depth to the paint, would never have guessed it wasn’t your first choice!
Thank you, Allie! The color definitely helped me like the texture more!
with the color and the texture on the walls this room truly has under water vibes. 😍 i keep thinking it needs some kind of hanging mobile situation with glass something. movement. so moody and vibey in this room!
Thank you Lydia!!
I love it!! I also feel like the dark wood bunks are calling out for a painted pattern… the way that Scandinavian folk furniture sometimes has? SO pretty!