Decorating a boys bedroom

Decorating a boys bedroom can often be a challenge, and something I will be considering over the summer. When we moved into our house nine years ago the decoration was very much out of date, with pink ceilings and grey skirting boards. There was woodchip wallpaper, and even a nylon looped pile turquoise carpet! We decided the first room to get decorated would be the boys bedroom. It would be easy as he was into cars and trains so a simple boys blue with car truck sticker details. A new toddlers bed made his room seem so grown up, and with his toys and books around him he loved his little room.


A few years on and we had completed plenty of the other rooms of the house and thoughts turned to moving the boy into the bigger of the two bedrooms. I looked for boys bedroom ideas, and found inspiration like these all over the internet. This made the choice of a mid sleeper a great compromise for storage and space. The boy wanted his say in the room so I took him to a paint shop and let him choose 7 coloured tester pots. He wanted a feature wall with a multi-coloured bar code. We ended up with a zigzag wall that took over 9 hours of masking and painting. The boy loves his wacky wall but it may not be to everyone’s taste.

decorating boys bedroom

Feeling inspired to make and personalise furniture, I was thrilled with our chest of draws, created from a £5.00 B&Q bargain basement flat pack, some additional mdf, knobs and wallpaper. This was much easier to do than I thought, and was a great way to update cheap furniture. I can imagine there are plenty of boys who would love a feature piece of furniture like our Super Hero bargain.

decorating boys room

Now we have finally finished the last room of the house our bedroom, and with no other major projects on the horizon thoughts have moved back to decorating the boys bedroom. As the boy is getting older he is asking if he can have a low bed. The excitement of sleeping up high has worn off, and with the toys getting smaller and more technical his needs have changed. Decorating is the easy part it is finding something that will grown with the boy so I have started looking for decorating ideas. I love the idea of making something bespoke that would fit his needs as we get to the tweenager years.

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  1. Love the drawers – well done! Love the wallpaper too as it will last them a while into their teens!

  2. Decorating a child’s room seems to take some time in the planning. As there are so many themes, and a multitude of choices. As child grows so quickly I think it is worthwhile minimising the theme by using it on only one wall. The other three walls can be emulsioned a suitable colour for a bedroom, and blend in with the themed wall.

    Well done with your own ideas, they see to have worked well.

  3. Fab blog post. Love the idea of getting your children more involved in what should go into decorating their room. There is so much out there nowadays to make each design very personal and different. I remember my brothers used to plaster their walls with football stickers and it drove my mum mad, but now there are easy, peelable wall decal/stickers that come off as easy as they go on.

  4. The trouble with kids they grow out of things ,As in their likes,so fast.I remember a neighbour saying she decorated her sons room with Thomas the tank only to find months down the line he had grew out of it.I think your.I love her idea of ‘Super Hero’ theme with the chest of drawers great job btw.

  5. We’re moving house on Friday and I’m looking for ideas for my two boys’ new rooms. Don’t think I’d have the patience for the zig zag!

  6. I’m in the middle of doing something very similar for my nephews bedroom – I got a bedside cabinet from freecycle and am covering it with marvel paper and then varnishing and replacing the handles 😀

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