Modern Teenage Man Cave Interior Design

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Designer: Casey H.
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Project Title
Modern Teenage Man Cave Interior Design
Project Description
Need help re-decorating our upstairs living room to suit my 15 year old son, and the items he has already chosen so far. It has recently been painted, and I'm not happy with color, so need help with a new color. Medium size room, with medium-to dark grey sectional, large screen TV (over a black, floating/wall-mounted console, contemporary); those items will be staying in whatever design is developed. There is a corner area that might be used for built-in cabinets with a built-in mini-fridge and storage for snacks -- so we're considering that small construction aspect. Then there is the 3'x5' "Full Send" flag that my son wants to hang on the wall... given he'll be out of the nest in only 4 years, I would like to accommodate his request, and make this "his space" to entertain in and enjoy for those 4 years! Oh, and did I mention the bean bag chairs he wants to keep? :-)
Location
Dallas, TX , USA
Major Metro Area
Dallas, 75234
What's your favorite decor style?
Contemporary
What are some of the interior design brands or stores that you like to shop at?
Ikea, Wayfair, Amazon
What are your favorite colors for walls?
Gray
Dimensions
9 Ft Ceilings. Room is 18.5 x 16.5
Photos of your room
Items you want to keep
Details
Room Label
Spencer's Man Cave
I want this room to feel more masculine/feminine/neutral
Masculine
What type of sunlight does this room receive?
Morning light
What do you currently dislike about the room?
The old, nasty carpet; it is going to be replaced, so need suggestions. The carpet will be the same throughout our upstairs, so it needs to also be suitable for the other rooms upstairs: Spencer's bedroom (black and grey there too), a guest room (light grey walls, more feminine decor, periwinkle blue/white color scheme) and an exercise room (Sherwin Willaims/Repose Grey walls and exercise equipment, so black and grey tones).

Though newly painted, the wall color doesn't seem right. It is Sherwin Williams/Repose Grey, which I chose for being grey with beige undertones... sort of like the sectional, which is medium-ish grey. It is comfortable & inexpensive, so I won't care when my teen & his friends cause spills and stains. But back to the paint... what ended up on the walls was not mixed properly, because it is fairly different that the sample quart we tested. In addition to having too much of a "blue-ish tint", it seems too light for a teen "Man Cave"

What pieces of existing furniture, lighting, art or accessories do you want to keep in the design?
Need to keep the sectional, the TV & console, pub table & chairs. My son also wants to hang the "Full Send" flag on the wall (sorry!), over the love seat portion of the sectional. Oh, and the "bean bag chairs" (which are really foam stuffed, and fun and comfortable). The teen boys love them, BUT I'm willing to get different colors if that helps - they were cheap!
Need a ceiling fan (we live in Texas and even with A/C, the warmer air funnels upstairs, so fan really helps), but willing to get different color/style.
Willing to remove the shutters... though they help insulate from the Texas heat.
Are you open to changing your wall colors?
Yes
Do you have a preference for either paint or wall covering, or are you open to both?
Paint
Are you open to changing your floor covering?
Yes
Which type of flooring do you prefer?
Carpet
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Additional comments to designers
Here's the Deal: Spencer is my only child, and a really, really good kid, so I want his last years at home to be fun and memorable. That said, he has picked some...uhmmmm "quirky" things for what he is calling his "Man Cave". I have 4 years before he is off to college, and I want to make this a space that he feels is "his" and that he is happy/excited/proud to invite his friend over to enjoy. In another 4 years, I can re-decorate again. In the mean time, I want something that incorporates his previous "design selections" (sorry!!), but helps pull the space together in way way that keeps me from cringing too much. So at a minimum, we need new carpet, new paint color (I think???), possible built-ins for fridge and snack storage (need help with that: Should we add them? Color? Include upper cabinets? Or possibly just open shelving?), and LOTS of ideas for wall "art" and decor accessories.

I don't need this to be "timeless", I just need a 15 year old to say "Thanks Mom, this looks REALLY Cool" (which is probably a much taller order than "timeless"!) On the other hand, I don't want to spend a lot on the decor items... we'll probably be changing it in 4 years... other than the mini-fridge thing, as my husband will probably replace the sodas with beer and have sports-watch get together's up there once my son is off the college.

Hope that helps, looking forward to working with you!!
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2 Double Dutch Vase

3 Smart Black C Table with White Marble Top

4 Links Marble Chain

5 Beam Floor Lamp

6 Potted Faux Aloe Plant 6

7 Potted Faux Aloe 9

8 Tatum Marble Frame 5"x7

9 Tatum Marble Frame 4"x6

10 White Sand Hour Glass

11 Infinity Black Knot Sculpture

12 60" Maverick 3 - Blade LED Standard Ceiling Fan with Light Kit Included

13 Faux Potted Succulent with Black Pot 7

14 Waffle Black and White Throw

15 23" Bias Pillow with Down-Alternative Insert

16 20" Tillie Wool Pillow with Down-Alternative Insert

17 20" Estela Black and White Pillow with Down-Alternative Insert

18 23" Xbase Pillow with Down-Alternative Insert

19 Faux Potted Echeveria Succulent

20 Tabletop Ball Holder

21 Argus Abstract Light Gray/Grey Indoor Area Rug

22 Tabletop Ball Holder

23 Emery Linen/Cotton Border Grommet Curtain, 50 x 96", Gray/Charcoal

24 Basketball Hoop Trashcan

25 Black and White Football Wall Mural

26 Frigidaire 4.4-cu ft Freestanding Mini Fridge (Silver Mist)

27 Baseball Beanbag Toss Game

28 Man Cave LED Sign

29 Brandon Semenuk - Manual Drift Poster

30 Gray Shades Paper Print, 11.25 x 16.25", Set of 2

31 Webster Modern Wall Shelf 48.5'' x 31.5'' x 8.5''

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Living Room:

Since your room gets plenty of sunlight your color options are quite broad.

For your main color, we chose to use gray because it is neutral and seen as elegant and classy. It compliments many colors such as white, blue, and yellow and works well as part of a color scheme in any room.

Use an eggshell finish paint which has a very light touch of shine (similar texture to an eggshell as implied by its name). This finish is very often used for walls and is more durable and easier to clean than matte finish

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