Boys’ bedrooms are not what they used to be. In times gone by, they were limited to shades of blue and characterised by conventional themes. Today the possibilities are boundless, and no colours are off-limits.
This edit of 16 boys’ rooms with a modern, fresh look shows the myriad ways to achieve standout styling and home décor excellence. You’ll find the usual culprits when it comes to DIY techniques, but you will also discover some staggeringly simple ideas to create impact and intriguing spaces for your little ones.
This dreamy room fuses beach and desert vibes with a pared-back, minimal feel complemented perfectly by the natural rattan bed. The removable cacti wall decals by @littleraeprints create a wallpaper look minus the hassle, and an island-inspired surfboard by @pineappletraders completes the scene of bliss. This tranquil room didn’t need the validation, but a hand-crafted peace sign seals the deal anyway.
Camp’s bright and cheerful room is characterised by a wonderfully energising pop of limey green in the college-style bed frame. The eagle-eyed among you will spot Camp’s name cleverly encapsulated in the bespoke family portrait illustration drawn and gifted by a friend. A burst of orange in the industrial wall lamp by IKEA and a tangerine ribbon draped on the hanging poster print add a drop of sunshine to this minimal space.
Apartment-style living makes waves in this upscale boy’s room with upholstered wall panelling. A muted pale grey and sage colour palette lend a sophisticated air akin to a penthouse or luxury hotel suite, and we love the whale shark decal with a print design that adds layers of texture.
Terracotta colour-blocking offers definition to this refined and contemporary space. The modern ethos is confirmed further with a boxy toddler bed by @woetwurm complete with air vents milled into the side panel. It’s essentially a two-toned room with a spot of mono thrown in by way of clever soft furnishings and accessorising.
Here’s one half of Eli and Isaac’s bedroom, a delightful combination of mustard and navy with a custom-made wallpaper by @minnieandmeinteriors. Zhana, the designer, is a big fan of the less is more approach and advocates considering how all of the textures and colours will come together to prevent overwhelm.
Krystal’s styling of Avery’s room proves that boys’ rooms can be every inch as sweet as girls’. A letterbox window leads to a non-conventional wall art placement, and a gingham decal is a novel way to introduce a virtual headboard.
Sloped ceilings and colour-blocked walls don’t often go hand in hand, but this piece of putty perfection is something to be admired. Neutral bedlinen and sheer voile curtains keep this space light and uncomplicated. No wonder the sock snake has taken up residence on the bed!
Large DIY square panelling is the focal point in Harry’s bedroom, creating a backdrop for some wonderful accessories, including a vintage-style tapestry alphabet hanging by @moppettuk and colourful bunting by @zarahome.
Isaak’s room packs a punch when it comes to texture. We love the faded, barely-there palm tree print on the removable wallpaper by @bohoartandstyling matched perfectly by Leo and Bella’s raffia lion. There’s a subtle safari theme as other sleepy animals take up their place on the cool aqua striped bedsheets from @spotlightstores
We’re big fans of two-tone paint jobs, but this spectacle takes colour-blocked scalloping to a whole new level with an oceanic wave-inspired treatment that introduces a gentle sense of fluidity to this calming space. There are other subtle signs of movement and motion – a decorative trolley case, wheels fashioned into the bed design and a glorious, floaty canopy.
Teddy’s room has an English charm and a grown-up quality that belies his small years. It’s been likened by followers of the account to ‘the gorgeous nursery in the original Mary Poppins film’. The personalised boater hat casually strewn on the head of IKEA’s extendable Minnen bed is just adorable, and the vintage nightstand adds to the country cottage feel. Throw in a wooden London bus by @pandaandpip and a vintage-style tapestry hanging by @moppetuk, and you have a bedroom befitting of a quintessential mini gent.
It’s incredible what a roll of Frog Tape and Lick’s 02 paint can deliver. This stylish sage space is the handiwork of Mama Tara, whose geometric colour blocking creates an ingenious virtual roof for IKEA’s reversible Kura bed. There’s a hint of understated safari in the design approach, from HM Homes’ elusive plush giraffe and Hello Rustle’s raffia lion to the beautiful graphic ‘Never be tamed’ wall art by @wonderwalls.shop
Archer’s room is a vision of neutral bliss with a little colour disruption from that wonder wall of tongue and groove panelling in a blend of Farrow and Ball’s Pigeon shade. The detail is minimal, but it’s all there. An irregular polka dot vibe ties together many of the pieces, including the Dunelm rug and wicker basket by Matalan, fashioned as a toy caddy. The bedding and giraffe get in on the spotty styling too!
Leon’s super-styled bedroom is one of the more unusual combinations of themes. It’s not every day that you witness the joining of cats and space, but that was precisely the brief for this bedroom overhaul. Contrasting intergalactic wallpaper adorns two adjacent walls while black cat decals bring an air of mystery and luck to the space. The palest of blue and an expanse of natural wood and white is the palette that binds the entire design, keeping it clean and serene.
There’s a definite nuanced contemporary boho in Elijah’s precious space. Artist and mama Erin demonstrates beautifully how to create a dreamy palette without a drop of colour on the walls. Look closely, and you’ll see it’s the soft furnishings and finishes touches that unite in a soothing blend of mustard, China blue and honeyed neutral tones. There’s a coastal, beachy feel that’s full of fresh air and sea breeze vibes.
Bold earthy-toned specks in the Terrazzo mural by @anewalldecor bring a sense of adventure to this shared boys’ bedroom. Textured fern sheets by @cocovillage add a welcome block of colour to the space with an expanse of green that gives a sense of vegetation that suits the natural styling perfectly.
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