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Decorating your boy’s room is fun! It needn’t be complicated or time-consuming.
Parents of boys quickly find out that the available selection of room decor, clothing, shoes, and other trends for boys lag very much in second place variety-wise behind those for girls. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can still customize your boy’s room to make it look great and reflect his interests.
Whether he’s a toddler, teenager, or somewhere in between, you can find a cool bedroom theme for your guy here.
Popular decorating themes for a boy’s bedroom
- Solid color (e.g. 1, 2 or 3-color combo)
- Vehicles (e.g. race cars, construction, trains)
- Sports (e.g. a specific sport or team)
- Outer space
- Under the sea
- Beach or surf
Pulling the theme together
You can keep the bedroom theme looking its best without repeating the exact same thing each time everywhere. For example, if your sporty boy is into basketball, you needn’t repeat an image of a basketball on the bedding, rug and the wall art. Instead, it can look more savvy to have the basketball image on just the bedding, consider a more general orange and black rug for color-coordination, and finally add a poster of your son’s favorite basketball player on the wall. Or for a pirate theme, try pirate-themed bedding, a black or red-and-white striped rug evoking a pirate ship’s sail, and a treasure map picture on the wall.
Think a few years ahead when you decorate your son’s room so he won’t grow out of the design too early. For example, a light blue fluffy rug and a teddy bear theme may seem adorable to you for your little toddler’s first move into a big boy bed, but he may find this decor babyish a year or two down the track. On the other hand, if you don’t mind re-decorating frequently, this could be a great way to keep up with his interests!
Ultimately, remember that it is his room, not yours. If your guy wants a theme that isn’t something you’d pick, or wishes to bring together totally unrelated designs in the same room, consider letting him do it, unless of course it’s over budget or could seem offensive. Your boy’s room should reflect his interests, not yours! Remember, you’re decorating his room to make his space fun for him, and of course to show him you care.
Let’s get started!
Bedding makes the biggest instant impact the moment you walk into any bedroom; your boy’s room is no exception. If you’re on a budget, try your local discount stores for a great duvet in solid colors or a fun design. You may wish to steer clear of the licensed character products unless your son is into them; such busy designs can get difficult to color-coordinate and can look dated in a few years.
On the other hand, if you can spend just a little extra, a specialty bedding store might be a good option, and many have themes that come with matching accessories.
A rug is a fantastic way to continue expressing your boy’s interests and enthusiasms or just to create a professionally pulled-together look in his bedroom. Local home improvement stores and discount stores are great places to find a rug for less.
Boy’s rugs these days have an incredible variety. Don’t settle for something that’s not “him”. There are grown-up looking designs for the teenage guy; while for the younger set you can find rugs designed with street patterns as a playing surface for toy cars. You can find surfboard shaped rugs, car themed rugs, educational rugs, and plenty more.
You can find rugs your local home decor store or check out the boy's bedroom rugs at Amazon.com.
Wall art is great for adding an extra touch of cool to your boy’s bedroom that makes it uniquely his. If you’re on a tight budget, you can cut out a calendar picture and frame it with an inexpensive frame from your local dollar store or discount store. Because calendars usually have a theme, you can just as easily create a set of 3 or 4 related art pieces that way and arrange them stylishly on the wall.
For a more middle-of-the-road approach, browse framed prints or posters in your local craft or discount home decorator store.
Or if you’d like to splurge and want something 100% original, consider commissioning a picture from a local artist; whether they are established or just getting started this can be an exciting route for you to go. You can find an artist and examine their existing styles at local art or craft fairs and at some farmer’s markets. Some public libraries also display the work of local artists and their contact information.
My favorite for artwork to fulfill a boy’s bedroom theme is at the children’s section at Imagekind (art prints from independent artists) for their captivating art prints at surprisingly affordable price points. All prints are available custom framed or ready to hang stretched canvas. Etsy.com is another great place for unique wall art crafted by independent artists.
Decorating your boy’s room is fun. Whether he’s a toddler, teenager, or somewhere in between, you can find a cool, quick and easy bedroom theme for your guy by matching up the right bedding, rug, and wall art to create a pulled-together look.