Looking for bedroom ideas for boys can be quite the adventure – one that takes you from wildlife-filled jungles to the hot tarmac of a race track, with a few trips to space in between.
Kids’ bedrooms are the part of the house where you and your child can let your imagination run wild, but might take a few practical tips and a little inspiration to make the dream become a reality.
From transportive murals to bunk bed ideas, we’ve brought together a selection of seriously cool bedrooms for boys – along with some expert advice – to help you design a mind-blowing room for your very own superman.
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1. Fire up their imagination with a theme
A bedroom doesn’t just have to be a bedroom – for a young boy, it can become a whole new world. ‘Coming up with a theme is a great way to inject some fun and personality into the space,’ says Judy Smith, Color Consultant at Crown. ‘This could be a nautical look, a safari-inspired mural or simple stencilling effects with lots of colors.’
This bedroom idea transports its inhabitant to a snowy wonderland with a simple wall paint design. The soft neutral colors are echoed throughout the furnishings, while a teepee-inspired bed conjures fantasies of camping under the stars.
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2. Neutral colors grow with a child
While color is a must in a child’s bedroom, it’s still sensible to consider a neutral paint scheme as a backdrop to chromatic flourishes. ‘When designing a boy’s bedroom, we like to keep things simple,’ says Arlene McIntyre, Founder and Director of Ventura. ‘Go for timeless colors – blues, greys or neutrals – which will enable you to be more playful with soft furnishings and artwork, whilst ensuring the room won’t have to be repainted as the child grows.’
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3. When it comes to beds, think outside the box
Banish the boredom from bedtime by turning a child’s sleep space into a magical hideout. This loft bed has been designed to resemble a treehouse, a backdrop of mismatched botanical wallpapers giving a subtle sense of sleeping in forest canopies.
Loft bed designs can help maximize vertical space in a bedroom, creating storage and play areas beneath the bed frame. With some careful carpentry, consider turning theirs into a castle, pirate ship or fire truck.
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4. Smart storage is a lifesaver
‘Keeping your child’s bedroom orderly and clutter-free can be a challenge, but simply installing the right storage can help to resolve this,’ says Peter Erlandssom, Co-owner and Director of string furniture. ‘As adults, we would naturally fit shelving at our own height, but installing it so that your child can easily reach items from it is much more effective.’
As with color choice, be sure to think about how your child will grow in the space. Modular systems like this shelving unit can be altered as they grow and their storage needs change.
5. Blue may seem obvious, but that’s because it’s timeless
While we’re all for chucking gender stereotypes out the window, blue’s beneficial qualities make it a color still worth considering for a boys room. Proven to relax the senses, it can be both striking and calming when used in a bedroom.
‘Blue is such a good color for a boy’s room because it’s a color that easily grows up with a child,’ says Mara Miller, Co-Principal of interior design firm Carrier and Company. ‘A bold blue has the ability to be both playful and handsome, graphic and still serene.’
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6. Create a focal point with a one-wall mural
Wondering how to weave your chosen theme throughout the room? A mural is a great place to start. ‘Depending on the space, wall murals are a clever way of bringing the room to life,’ says McIntyre. ‘Capturing the child’s imagination or celebrating his hobbies or passions, one-wall murals create a welcome focal point to the space.’
In this room by Ventura, one wall is covered with a beautiful mural depicting wild animals in a lush savannah. Intricate paintwork like this may be beyond your artistic capabilities – if so, consider hiring an artist or choosing a mural wallpaper instead.
7. Make your decor educational
Theming a child’s room isn’t just a way to make the space feel fun – it’s also a great excuse to sneak a little bit of learning into their day. Part of this child’s bedroom has been wallpapered with a global map, a move that not only inspires a sense of adventure but also teaches them a little bit of geography by absorption.
Think about their interests and help their room teach them more about them – for example, paint the planets on the ceiling, or fill a mural with different dinosaurs and their species.
8. Bunk beds can be highly stylish
Whether it’s for twins, siblings or in preparation for regular sleepovers, bunk beds are always double the fun. As playful a furniture piece as they are, there’s no reason why they can’t be sophisticated enough to stand the test of time.
This contemporary bedroom features a simple cutout-style bunk bed with a pared-back design, featuring crisp rounded corners and neutral textured exterior. Paired with the grown-up palette of the rest of the room, this bunk bed design could last the occupants into their teenage years.
9. Washable paint is a must for young ones
When it comes to choosing paint for a boy’s bedroom, it’s not just color you need to think about. ‘Whatever you choose, I’d recommend using washable paint,’ says Smith. ‘Sticky fingerprints and crayon marks can be easily wiped or washed off the wall, and the colour will look just as good as when you first painted it!’
10. Upgrade your finishes for teenage rooms
When designing for a teenage boy, many of these rules (an adaptable color scheme, storage, lots of personality) still apply – but they all require a slightly more sophisticated touch. This bedroom still follows a theme – this time around vintage cars – but upgrades with a selection of grown-up finishes and textures. Bright colours are swapped for darker shades, while higher end textiles and rustic furniture gives a mature, lived-in feel to the room.
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How do you make a boy’s room cozy?
Neutrals, blues and greens are popular colors for boys bedrooms, but are often thought of as too cool to be cozy. This is not necessarily the case, says Patrick O’Connell, Brand Ambassador at Farrow & Ball.
‘We want colors that bring tranquillity and calm and to cocoon us whilst we sleep, and blues and greens help us do this. They are fundamentally calming colors, the colors of nature and the outdoors.’
For a cozier feeling, choose warmer tones of blue and green for the walls. While textiles might be top of a boy’s list for their dream bedroom, bringing in rugs, throws and cushions add tactility to a room – and they’re perfect for building dens too.
What should a teenage boy’s bedroom wall be?
Above all else, teenagers will want their room to be a reflection of their personality. ‘The decoration of children’s bedrooms is often the source of considerable angst, with the age-old dilemma of whether to keep to the established colour-flow of the rest of the house or to allow the child free rein,’ says Joa Studholme, Color Curator at Farrow & Ball.
Choosing a neutral color for the walls will make it easier to connect the room to the rest of the house, and allow them to demonstrate their changing tastes through art and furnishings instead. ‘Even if you choose to keep the walls fairly neutral, some extra energy can be added by painting the floor or the ceiling in a playful color,’ adds Studholme.
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