We’ve made it to week 3 of the One Room Challenge which means we’ve officially hit the half way mark. If you missed the previous two weeks, you can go get caught up on the before of the space and the design inspiration for our “Modern Marvel” Boy’s Bedroom. This week we’re focusing on the geometric feature wall treatment we’ll be creating behind Kash’s bed.

Before we get into our progress thus far, you should know that week 3 is usually the week that makes or breaks us. It’s the week where we take a look back at our usually over ambitious to-do list or assess whatever setbacks have already hindered our progress and quickly realize that we’ll probably need to make a few adjustments to the plan in order for us to get the room completed on time. Somehow though, this time around we haven’t really had to do that (knock on wood). Dare I say we’re on track?? I guess only time will tell.

The last time you saw the space it looked much like this.

Boys bedroom before: a big black canvas space lacking colour or personality

It’s safe to say a fair bit has changed in just a few short weeks.

For starters, the carpet is gone. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen a few behind the scenes snaps of our hardwood install.

We installed the same 4.75″ solid maple hardwood that we used in our bedroom, and its amazing how that one change has already made such a difference. The wood adds a huge amount of warmth & dimension to the room that the bland ivory carpet never could.

With the floors installed & protected with craft paper, we can finally move on to getting some colour on the walls! As we mentioned last week, our plan for the wall behind the bed was to create a geometric feature wall by drawing inspiration from Hannah Beachler’s production design of Shuri’s lab in Marvel’s Black Panther movie. How insane is this floor!? <3 [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="815"]Black Panther Shuri's Lab WDG Illustration Black Panther Shuri’s Lab WDG Illustration by Drew Leung via ArtStation[/caption]

The colour

To start with, we knew we wanted the feature wall to be grey. We’re fortunate to be working with PARA Paints again on this project and chose Philosophical (412E) from the Color Journeys collection. When you’re going through a million tiny paint swatches & trying to match up tones with the other elements in a space it’s sometimes a bit hard to tell if you’ve got it right. There’s always that little bit of anxiety before we get the colour up on the wall about whether or not we’ve made the right choice. This time though, we absolutely nailed it!! This colour couldn’t have turned out more perfect!

Wall painted with PARA Paints' Color Journeys Philosophical (412E) fantastic coverage after only one coat

And can we just pause for a second to talk about how fantastic the coverage is with PARA….seriously… the photo above is after just one coat of paint and it was already pretty close to perfection.

Wall painted in PARA Color Journeys Philosophical (412E)

The second coat really brought it home!

We’re seriously in love with this colour!


Creating the pattern

Using scaled measurements of the bedroom wall, we took to Illustrator to come up with a somewhat abstract geometric pattern that we liked.

Initial geometric feature wall concept illustration

Once we were happy with the look of it, we took the pattern & overlaid it on a photo of the room to get a better feel for it in context. This also allowed us to be aware of any boards we would need to adjust the placement of for electrical outlets, etc…

Geometric feature wall conceptualization


We’ve partnered with Metrie to help us bring our vision to life using their 3″ flat stock MDF which we’ve be painted in the same colour.

Metrie flat stock MDF painted and ready to be installedMetrie flat stock MDF painted in PARA Color Journeys Philosophical (412E) to match the wall.

We’re pretty excited to get the stock up on the wall to really be able to see it all come together – but that will have to wait just a little while longer. Before we install the boards, our friends at Kichler will be helping us add a little something special to really take this wall to the next level! We don’t want to spoil the surprise, so we’ll just leave it at that for now.

Before we go, let’s check in with that nagging to-do list:

“Modern Marvel” Boy’s Bedroom To-Do List:

  • tear out carpet
  • install hardwood floors
  • paint (in progress)
  • replace bed & dresser (new items delivered waiting to be assembled)
  • create geometric feature wall behind bed (in progress)
  • replace doors & trim
  • choose new light fixtures
  • install new lighting
  • figure out window treatments
  • sew roman blinds
  • sew throw pillow covers
  • build desk with storage & reading nook
  • build wall shelves (in-progress)
  • new bedding (purchased)
  • accessorize

It feels pretty good to see so many things either crossed off the list or started already. Building the desk is a big one though, so we definitely still have lots to do. Hopefully we can keep things on track over the next week. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the ORC featured designer & guest participants have been up to this week.

Bye for now, friends!

One Room Challenge Guest Participant

  • April 19, 2018

    That feature wall is going to look amazing! And I am excited to see what the surprise is 🙂

  • April 20, 2018

    You’ve gotten so much done in this room – i really rather jealous how far into your ‘to-do list’ you’ve gotten!
    I’m so excited to see this room come together – your kiddo is one lucky little dude!!

  • April 20, 2018

    SO good – my goodness your kiddo is probably freaking out at good his space is looking and it isn’t even finished yet! Cheering you on over here!!!

  • Joy
    April 22, 2018

    The geometric wall is going to be awesome! What amazing progress you have been making, this is going to be a spectacular space.

  • April 23, 2018

    Oh my gosh this is going to be awesome! What a great idea to create the design first and figure out your placement around outlets. I’m not sure I would have thought of that, until it was too late. I can’t wait to see what your surprise for the walls will be!

  • April 23, 2018

    I may be a little biased in my response because I created a similar geometric wall in our previous New York City bedroom- but… I LOVE IT!!!

  • April 23, 2018

    Excited to see the feature wall finished! It looks so cool.

  • April 24, 2018

    Love that room! Those windows rock! Your wall is looking fabulous. So excited to see more. ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  • April 25, 2018

    I am in love with that wall !! Must say you have nailed it !!!

  • April 25, 2018

    Your room is coming together so well. I love seeing all the inspiration from the movie and how your bringing it to life for your little boy -coolest parents ever! And, I love following along on Instastoreis, keep it coming. 😉

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