Rocket ships and fire engines are fine motifs for a little boy's bedroom, but there comes an age when those things just aren't cool anymore. When that time comes, it's quite possible that guitars will become the next obsession. Millions of preteens and teenage boys play guitar, and millions more wish they could. Guitar-based video games have put the instrument's pervasiveness at an all-time high. But whether a boy plays or not, he may well desire a room that rocks.
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Things you need
- Wallpaper or paint
- Guitars (real or model)
- Guitar wall hangers
- Guitar-themed accessories (lamps, clocks, etc.)
- Guitar-themed posters
- Poster frames
- Guitar stand
- Combo amplifier
Select your wallpaper. Novelty guitar-themed border wallpaper is available at many stores and online retailers, but full guitar-themed wallpaper is a bit harder to find. You may need to consult a custom wallpaper design. Designs can range from models of iconic guitars to three-dimensional arena-rock scenes.
Choose your paint. Consider colours commonly associated with guitars, such as black or fire engine red. You may even use colours of famous guitars such as Jimi Hendrix's off-white Fender Stratocaster or the bright yellow Gibson Les Paul TV guitar. If the boy prefers heavier music, darker colours may be more to his liking. Consider hiring a muralist; a skilled artist can work with you to meet your specific needs.
Include actual guitars. If the boy plays guitar, use special guitar wall hangers to mount his collection. If the boy doesn't play but still wishes to have actual guitars adorning the walls, you can find inexpensive guitars (sometimes £45 or less) at pawn shops and some big-box retail stores. If you don't want guitars hanging from the walls, setting a guitar or two on a stand in the corner gives the room the feeling that a musician sleeps there.
Accessorise. Millions of people play and love guitars, and home-accessory companies have responded in kind. Guitar lamps, bedding, rugs, throw pillows and clocks are but a few of the guitar-shaped accessories people are using to decorate their homes.
Add inspiration. Framed posters of famous guitarists can add rich imagery, colour and tone to the room.
Make it functional. If the boy plays guitar, create a room that allows him to do so without disrupting everyone in the house. For example, putting a combo amp on a stand allows the player to hear the instrument more clearly without having to turn it up. A good pair of headphones and a small wall hook to hang them is another way to keep noise down. Include a computer in the room if possible, and buy the boy a guitar-to-computer interface; many players now practice through headphones, using digital guitar amplification.
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