Baseball-Themed Teenage Boy's Room

Inspired by his favorite baseball team, a teenage boy's formerly cluttered room is given a Yankees-themed makeover.
Boy's Baseball Themed Bedroom

Boy's Baseball Themed Bedroom

Created for a major baseball fan, this teenage boy's bedroom pulls out all the stops including pillows made from the jerseys, a New York Yankees logo painted on the wall and a spectacular mural that makes you feel like you’re standing in center field.

By: Barbara Ballinger

When designing a New York Yankees baseball-themed bedroom for a teenage boy who had grown out of his boring, beige space, designer Leslie Lamarre pulled out all the stops, including a wall mural of Yankee stadium, turf-style carpet, jerseys for pillows and a bold color palette.

Describe the homeowner's wish list.

Our client's teenage son had outgrown his "big boy" bedroom. He wanted a hip place to hang out with his friends with a bed that could double as a couch, a good work surface for his homework, plenty of storage for books and a place to keep his carnivorous plant terrarium. He's a big Yankees fan and wanted his room to pay tribute to his favorite baseball team.

Bland Bedroom Gets a Baseball-Themed Update

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Old and Outgrown

Boring and bland, this boy's bedroom was begging for a makeover that would express the teenager's interests as well as be a cool place for him and his friends to hang out.

Tame and Tagged

Created for a major baseball fan, this teenage boy's room pulls out all the stops, including: pillows made from the jerseys of his three favorite players, a New York Yankees logo painted on the wall and a spectacular paint job that is based on a real Yankees mural in New York City.

Logo Love

Since this teenage boy's bedroom is all about baseball and his favorite team, the New York Yankees, a large Yankees logo was just the thing to add youthfulness to the space, while also showing his support.

Major-League Display

A great way to display his books, baseball collection, carnivorous plants and trophies, a built-in shelf is just the thing to keep a young baseball fan organized. Plus, the attached desk is perfect for doing homework or keeping track of sports stats.

The Ground Floor

Though Leslie had originally planned to cover this baseball fanatics bedroom floor in actual AstroTurf, the feel under bare foot was too scratchy for comfort. Leslie says, "Instead, we opted for cork flooring, which mimics the look of the baseline and feels warm and comfy." A rug that resembles grass adds an extra touch.

Chaotic Clutter

A closet that was more cluttered than useful was in need of a facelift in order to fit a maturing style and changing preferences.

Combining Work and Play

The pair of 3’-wide panels that had once been attached to the closet were replaced with Cascade Coil Drapery panels, which allotted room for the addition of a homework desk and shelves. For extra storage space, a wooden dresser was built into the closet.

What was the biggest issue the design addressed?

It was pretty clear to me that in order to give the space the urban, edgy feel this teenager wanted, the cottage white trim had to go. Ditto on the off-white carpet. The owner had not considered changing either of these features. Winning her over on these two elements enabled us to completely transform the boy’s room.

Describe an obstacle in the space.

The biggest obstacle in this modest-sized space (11 feet by 11 feet, 9 inches) was the closet door: a pair of 3-foot-wide panels swinging into the room. We replaced them with Cascade Coil Drapery panels that fit the same opening but allow space for a desk just outside the closet. We also saved space by building a dresser into the closet and incorporating drawers in the platform of the bed.

How did the end result match your original vision?

Originally, I had envisioned AstroTurf on the floor, but in reality, it felt pretty scratchy underfoot. Instead, we opted for cork flooring, which mimics the look of the baseline and feels warm and comfy. For the "field" effect, we tossed in a grass-like throw rug from CB2.

What lessons did you learn from this project?

We were thrilled that our client accepted all our design recommendations, from the cork flooring and charcoal-black trim color to the accent lighting and the innovative countertop material (Chroma from 3-Form). This experience helped reinforce my commitment to fully represent design concepts I truly believe in, despite any real or anticipated objections. Once the client understands the design details, they can appreciate how important they are to the overall project.

What are the hidden gems that make a big difference?

Our hidden gems include: accent lighting below the nightstand, bed, desk and countertops and above the bookshelves; kick-plate drawer fronts, outlet covers and switch plates; a built-in, upholstered headboard that jogs around the window trim; metal mesh cabinet door panels that coordinate with the coiled-steel drapery; jerseys of the teenager's three favorite players, transformed into throw pillows; letters of the boy's name, "I-A-N," subtly stacked behind the New York Yankees logo on the window wall; names of his favorite players "tagged" on the wall that was inspired by a real Yankees mural on an old brick wall in New York City.

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