There’s no question that boys will be boys, but there is certainly no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the interior décor and design of their rooms. For some, their bedrooms become an extension of hobbies and interests while others retreat to faraway lands or planets. There are rooms whose décor blend effortlessly into the rest of the home while still capturing the essence of the child’s personality, wants and desires. And some are simply the expression of a talented parent creating a stylish bolt hole for their offspring.
Colour palettes are as varied as the room themes themselves and have evolved from the stereotypical blues and greys of old. Any colour goes, just don’t skimp on the style.
If you’re planning a boy’s room anytime soon, you might want to steal some inspo from these en pointe rooms.
Arlo’s room is like walking into Jurassic Parks’ Director’s office. The ready-to-hang poster by Cavallini Papers is printed on Italian stock and reminiscent of classics found in schoolrooms across the globe. It contributes to a wonderful vintage feel and a pared-back, grown-up simplicity that belies the owner’s short seven years. There’s so much to steal from this room. For example, the way the fabulous olive Shorty locker by @mustardmade is accessorised with Lorien Stern’s cute magnets. Arlo’s mama bought this locker after being inspired by the tale of a couple who invested in a piece of quality furniture for each of their kids that they could take with them when they left home. Such a darling idea.
We love Nairo’s natural abode full of light and inhabited by a menagerie of friendly safari animals. The bed’s untreated wooden frame and whitewashed storage unit breathe a sense of roominess and air into the space. That magical jungle canopy is just calling out to be untied and rolled down, ready to encase our little explorer and Mr Monkey within its dreamy cappuccino walls.
Polka dots and candy stripes join forces with sloped ceilings and a small but perfectly formed edit of stunning accessories to create a unique look for this boy’s room. The expertly draped curtains partition Ferm Livings’ Thin Lines wallpaper in mustard, making a strong focal point in the room. Design influences in miniature versions always get top marks and the Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chair for Fritz Hansen is no exception.
It’s clear to see that this room belongs to a boy on the brink of teenhood. Just a few bursts of vibrant teal give Lou’s room a sophisticated edge that’s entirely in tune with the rest of the family home. Accents of burgundy in the Lorena Canals washable Bereber rug are an excellent match for the bluish green. The Toyboard balance board is an inspired yet highly functional decorative item with surf-dude written all over it.
There’s a whole lot of indigo loveliness going on in this room. There’s colour-blocked blue on the walls, hints on the grid blanket and bold stripes on Annie Selkes’ Blue Awning Stripe woven rug. A mono framed print is given a temporary festive touch with a light-up boxwood reindeer and a pack of Command hooks!
As we said at the outset, there are no colour rules when it comes to boys’ rooms. There’s a healthy helping of pastel in the minty realms of a floating desk and study area, but the retro combo of terracotta, chocolate and yellow put a masculine stamp on this fun space.
This room might be full of stereotypical boy blues, but it’s a million miles away from being a traditional room. The beauty is in the layering of the different shades of blue and the balance brought by the caramel brown of the desk, cushions, and rattan hanging pendant. Pay close attention to the wall. Luxe Walls’ timber-effect wallpaper delivers a master bit of wood-panelled wall trickery. Genius!
The Master of Children’s room sets does it again with this sublime boy’s bedroom. We particularly love the Holly Green paint job, courtesy of Lick’s 06 shade. The reverse colour blocking on the wall and Ikea’s Likhult cabinet is inspired, and the sufficient dabs of mustard punctuate the space with sunny, upbeat vibes. The pairing of Rachael’s adorable Sleepy Fox print with Liewood’s Felix the Fox is cunning indeed.
Samantha was ahead of the curve in 2020 with her use of Pantone’s 2021 colours of the year, grey and yellow. The palest of soothing greys work wonders with an injection of the mighty mustard and a collection of mono accessories and prints. Clean and serene is the overriding theme.
A pastel wood-panelled canvas, a shaft of refreshing light and a rug ‘that makes the room’ are the key ingredients to this wonderful concoction. The Turkish / Moroccan inspired floor covering by Oh Happy Home is a real showstopper, and we love the reading ladder idea. There are some fantastic styling tips to steal here, and we agree – boys’ rooms like these rule!
Canopies are not just for girls! Jack’s room is a real delight and an oasis of calm with its limited but effective palette of white, pale blues and greys against natural wood. There’s a delicate depth and texture in the geometric mono bedlinen, cable knit throw and cushion and velvet star pillow. We particularly like the hint at travel and adventure expressed in a nautical print and a balsa wood aeroplane poised for take-off on the map rug.
The planets certainly aligned when it came to Viktoria’s design of this charming boy’s room. The Stick Stay wall stickers transform a bare wall into a world of discovery and wall shelf by Rafa Kids is a work of art in itself. There’s a deliberate and pleasing connectedness in the shapes of Cam Cam’s rainbow bedlinen, Umage’s Aluvia lamp and the rug’s oversized pineapple. It’s a room out of this world.
Corner colour blocking and a vast expanse of silvery grey floor make for a super-spacious feel to Finn’s harmonious room. Perhaps it’s this sense of the endless ocean that has Bibelotte’s shoal of vinyl fish swimming into view. A burst of terracotta bedding and a blast of bunting introduce a controlled riot of colour.
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