From toddler to teenager, boys go through a lot of changes - in terms of their interests (who doesn’t love dinosaurs though!) and their needs. So having a safe, comfortable - and importantly, fun - space to be in and be themselves is a wonderful thing to have.
Whether you’re working with limited room and budget, or have more to play with, here are 7 great ideas to create a bedroom your son will love.
1. Animals - take a walk on the wild side
Animal motifs are common when it comes to children’s bedrooms, but there are some playful new ways to update it! Layering colour, stencils, bedspreads and fabrics can create a colourful space that embraces a love of dinosaurs without feeling juvenile or scattershot.
And make a bold feature wall out of mounted plush animal heads - with no real animals being harmed in the process, of course. If soft toys aren’t your child’s style, you can also use papier mache or origami for a more polished look (and it’s also a great craft activity to do together)
2. Encourage the explorer with mountains
Mountains are deeply evocative - of adventure, exploring the great outdoors, and all the possibilities that lie ahead, and that makes them a wonderful idea to work with in boys’ bedrooms. For a photorealist take that’s also a strong, grounding feature wall, opt for wallpaper or a monochrome mural.
However, you can also do it yourself with some paint and tape. Map out the mountains that you’re planning to have, and then paint them in, for a calming, ombre look that will also easily transition to an older child or tween’s room.
3. Map it all out
Speaking of exploring, maps are also a wonderful way to capture the imagination, impart some knowledge, and showcase what a wide, beautiful world we live in. Whether you go for a floor to ceiling look or scale it down to fit into a reading nook, maps are multitasking wonders, and are lovely to look at as well, adding colour and texture to the bedroom.
4. Make it a space to play
When it comes to looking for boys’ bedroom furniture or bedroom sets, bunk beds are likely to come up. Aside from being space savers for children who are sharing rooms, part of the thrill lies in climbing to the top bunk, and having that ladder there to clamber on.
So why not extend the fun, and build in cubby holes and play spaces in your son’s bedroom? It doesn’t have to be very extensive - a simple rock climbing wall or mini treehouse bed will certainly do the trick, and create a bedroom that your child will enjoy spending hours in.
5. Enjoy bold updates on classic blue
Blue has always been a classic choice for a boy’s bedroom, and with good reason, but it’s also due for an update. A nautically inspired room allows for the introduction of stripes and stars for some added prints, while a bold, graphic rug adds plenty of style punch and can easily be moved to another space or room, if you’re looking for a change.
Or push the boundaries further, and go with a more vibrant shade of blue, for a thoroughly modern space that can take other pops of colour, such as red and white.
6. Be one with the force (and with space motifs!)
The lure of Jedis, Stormtroopers and spacecrafts is a loud one, and there are many ways to translate this into designing a room. Painting stars onto a midnight blue ceiling is a lovely way to do this, and can be a soothing mural to look up at while drifting off to sleep. And framed art and photos of Star Wars characters and space can certainly add to it all.
And admittedly, not everyone goes through a Star Wars or space phase - but this is also a good example of translating your son’s interests to his room. Take elements that can easily be executed (colours, patterns, famous characters), and work it in as much or as little as you’d like. This approach also allows you to adapt the space as your child grows older.
7. Write and draw on chalkboard feature walls
Rather than discouraging your child from drawing on walls, give him room for his creativity to flow free! A chalkboard feature wall allows your son to customise his own bedroom, whether it’s in the form of adding his own decorations, using it as a notice board, it’s a way to really make the space his own - and it’s all easily done with just a few coats of paint.
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