During the initial phone call with Mom, I uncovered some of the boy's wants and "needs". One thing she told us was that he loved basketball. In fact, he actually had a basketball goal in his room.
With that information, the challenge became to make a basketball themed room that was sophisticated enough to carry him through his teenage years and would also be appealing to Mom. The answer....keep the main walls a neutral gray (for Mom) and I would paint a feature wall to look like a giant basketball (for him).
Together, we selected just the right color of orange for the basketball and carried it around the room with athletic inspired stripes. (Sorry, I don't have pictures of the rest of the room.) The thick black stripe is actually chalkboard paint (kids love it) where he and his friends can draw or write notes.
I would love to act like I just whipped out this painting without much effort, but that was not the case. It turned out to be one of those projects that once I started, I wondered if I had bit off more than I could chew. It was MUCH more time consuming than I anticipated. Mainly, because I am super picky about cutting in the lines. There was no way to tape this one off because of all of the curves. It was all by hand. I spent HOURS touching up the edges with a tiny artists brush.
My client and I laughed that I was like Eldin, the painter on Murphy Brown that came to paint and never left!
Well, I finally did finish just in time for the boy to get home from school....
(and do his homework, play some basketball, eat dinner and watch some TV).
The room was a big hit. His reaction when he saw the basketball wall..... "AWESOME!" Mom was happy too!