Decorating a Boy's Bedroom


We're going to look at a boy's room. Now, blue is the traditional colour for a boy's room and I'm not going to deviate from that. It works very well.

Boys do tend to like blues. But what I like to do for children's rooms is to take an idea, a simple theme and work it through in a way that is fun for the child. The child can bring their own creativity to the room with their toys and favourite things. I also like to put an area of blackboard paint on the wall for children to draw pictures and write warnings for trespassing adults.

Now in this boy's room I've found a very simple wallpaper with outlines of cars and vans so it gives a nice starting point without overwhelming the room.

Then, because it's quite a simple wallpaper, I would put that everywhere in the room rather than using it as an accent, although you could use it as an accent wallpaper for one wall. If you chose to do that I'd suggest using a toning blue colour on the other walls.

I generally get a sample pot of two or three colours and try them out on the wall to make sure that they tone really well or I put them on a piece of card so that I can move the card around the room and see how the colour works in different lights. In children's rooms, it's very important to use very wipeable wallpaper or wipeable paint. A lot of manufacturers have special paints now which are hardwearing and wipeable for places like kitchens, bathrooms and children's rooms.

I like to have carpets in bedrooms because people are always running around in bare feet no matter what age they are and children do tend to play a lot on the floor so it's much nicer if there's a carpet.

As this would be a wall-to-wall carpet I've chosen a neutral gray which will remain suitable as the child grows older. It's not something that will date just as the child turns into a teenager.

I like to use a pattern fabric for the windows in a child's room. It gives a little bit of liveliness to the room and here, I've chosen one which is blue. It's contemporary and I like the accent lime green which really livens up the blues that we're working with.

So if I used that on some roman blinds, I would use some white plantation shutters on the windows underneath the blinds. I would bring that accent colour out in some cushions in the room together with fun fabrics which relate to the colour theme.

If you have an upholstered headboard, I would choose something in a nice stripe. Stripes are quite neutral. You can use them with checks, flowers, plains, and the bed won't date

With this headboard I would use some simple white bedding or something that has a little bit of blue in it. This scheme all pulls in together because there are tones of the blue and the green is your linking accent colour.

If you have a little chair or a little stool, I would use something fun. Here I chose a toning fabric which has the tones of the blue, a little bit of the dark gray and the white of the walls.

This all makes for a very functional and attractive boy's bedroom which will last certainly well into his early teen years.