Here at Kids Interiors, we pride ourselves on searching all corners of the globe for inspiration to fuel your future projects and populate your Pinterest boards. On this occasion, we’re going Stateside to see what ‘The Land of Opportunity’ has to offer the world of interiors.
A country as vast and diverse as America conjures up so many different images and cultural reference points. That said, there are a handful of themes that loom large, whichever state you happen to be in. Among these are patriotism and a wholesome US college image that gives way to a multitude of decorative possibilities.
In this blog, we’re cheerleading top ten boys’ rooms from the USA. Grab your pom-poms and join the party. Can I get a DIY?
This Missouri home belongs to serial renovator and DIY enthusiast Arin. She has a penchant for permanently tweaking the rooms in her 1860’s house, and Jack and Walker’s shared bedroom is no exception. This 4th of July Memorial Day treatment took just a few hours to create and was conceived to deliver patriotism with a frat boy nod. Arin didn’t want the space to be tacky, so she used the red, white and blue sparingly, framing flags from Amazon and added novelty star-spangled banner flags into potted plants. The vintage bed frames were jazzed up with an Independence Day felt ball garland with felt stars by @glitterpartyco, and Arin added a few homemade pennant banners and flags to the bare walls. One of her tips is to use neutral bedding that can be dressed with topical pillows and throws, and she added some of the boys’ possessions to the nightstands, like hats, trophies and books to create ‘a neutral, fun boyish look’ without having to splash the cash. A Lorena Canals diamond rug denotes a shared gulf between the two beds and brings attention to the fabulous upcycled Warwick wood & rattan side tables from Threshold.
This festive boys’ room in Washington DC was themed to celebrate the day President Biden was sworn in. A red vintage headboard gets treated to an aptly custom coloured string of cotton ball lights by @brightlablights. A bevvy of red, white and blue cushions joins the inauguration party with a confident Number 1 pillow, perhaps alluding to the poster’s beliefs about the USA’s world dominance. Floor to ceiling white walls mimics The White House making the handful of accessories pop while a simple, but statement-making stars and stripes flag commands the space above the nightstand.
It’s twin beds, and true blue in Beverley Hills, California, with a New England take on styling. Benjamin Moore’s Philipsburg blue steals the show, adding a touch of grandeur to the otherwise standard built-in shelving and cupboards. This shared boy’s room is cool, calm and collected. The symmetry in the design is soothing, and the checked Roman blinds add a sophisticated touch that chimes with the bed pillows.
There’s a sense of preppy perfection in this vision of Americana. Patriotism looms large, yet there’s not a star-spangled banner in sight. The hues take a departure from the norm, and we see pastel combinations of red, white and blue in the bed canopies and valances. A vintage dresser fits well with the opulent styling and is perfectly complemented by a framed wall hanging depicting scenes of battle and valour and a crossed pair of croquet mallets.Monogrammed cushions by @lettrefina denote ownership of the room and add an aristocratic air matched only by the beauty of the Burmese fabric pillows by @sisterparishdesign.
Boom! Wham! This shared boy’s room packs an onomatopoeic punch with pop art on baby blue walls. There are so many influences at play in this room, but they all pull together effortlessly. Traditional mahogany bedsteads, rustic rope lighting reminiscent of quaint fishing villages, and a faithful decorative hound presides over the curation of this charming bedroom.
College vibes abound in this compact Californian boy’s room. There’s a touch of the nautical in the petroleum blue and white broad-striped quilted bedlinen. The vintage bed frame and solid dresser give way to a dorm feel strengthened by a basketball hoop above the headboard. It’s Opal and Olive’s framed signs that have the last say, though. Long live boyhood! With a bedroom as glorious as this, we couldn’t agree more.
Kaitlin channels rustic Oklahoma farmhouse for her middle son, Asher’s, cosy bedroom bringing together a collection of thrift buys and new. Her love of junk shopping paid dividends when she stumbled across an antique Jenny Lind spool bed for just $20. There’s a subtle but perhaps unintentional nod to the flag’s colours brought out in the soft furnishings, the chalkboard frame’s vibrant paint job and the contrast bedlinen. We love the vintage feel of the Crosby Schoolhouse floor lamp by Threshold, and that wooden bead clip garland by Hobby Lobby is an inspired way to hang precious artwork.
California coastal, bohemian big boy is Heidi’s self-penned description for five-year-old Finn’s room in Orange County’s Costa Mesa. A beach girl at heart, Heidi chose the Bombura mural by @anewall to create a bright and fun Hawaiian hideaway. Sun-drenched warmth is brought to the walls in a 1960’s inspired tie-dye hanging and the floor with a washable tie-dye circular rug, both by Lorena Canals. Heidi naturally favours neutral but knew that she needed to add pops of colour to the room, so DHP’s linen upholstered bed in a jewelled green was a perfect choice. A wonderfully earthy rattan storage seat come nightstand by @maisonetteworld adds kudos to the So Cal vibe.
William’s Washington DC big boy room is a bright and airy cavern of vintage vibes. The room’s jaunty angles are charming enough, with a space between the sash windows just made for that antique-inspired bed. The iconic @schoolhouse geometric navy and white, winter and summer coverlet is a bestseller rooted in a deep American textile tradition and inspired by a vintage blanket discovered in a thrift store in Michigan. Vintage aeroplanes mounted on the wall and a maritime-inspired print suggest this boy is going places, and with a bedroom as stylish as this, we are not at all surprised!
Nicole shows us the way to style a modern room for a boy in NYC on the brink of teenhood. It’s an easy-breezy kinda loft apartment-style vibe built around a non-polarising colour palette of neutral tones with a powerful injection of strong blues. It’s masculine but not too mature. It’s minimal but characterful, and there’s a timeless elegance that suggests a permanence that can easily be updated with accessories. There’s an endearing story behind the Young and Hinkle desk – passed down from father to son and given a paint refresh. Similarly, the Noho move chair by @noho_co is made entirely of sustainable materials, including old fishing nets and carpets. It’s a work, sleep and playroom scheme, and we love every inch of it.
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