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Boys bedroom ideas - how to pick a theme and pull it together

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Written by Vera C. Last updated on .

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Boy's bedroom in fox and tree theme

Decorating your boy’s room is fun! It needn’t be complicated or time-consuming. Here are awesome decorating ideas for a boy's bedroom. Besides a list of popular theme ideas, I'm also going to cover how to pull his theme together. Whether you're decorating a toddler boy bedroom or a tween, teen or older boy's bedroom, there's plenty of inspiration here to choose from.

Boy themed bedroom ideas

Many, but not all, of these decor ideas will work equally well as toddler boy or older boy bedroom ideas.

  • Solid color (e.g. 1, 2 or 3-color combo)
  • Vehicles (e.g. race cars, construction, trains)
  • Camo
  • Nautical
  • Sports (e.g. a specific sport or team)
  • Pirates
  • Animals
  • Superhero
  • Outer space
  • Under the sea
  • Aviation
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Forest, nature, outdoors
  • Dinosaurs
  • Beach or surf

Pulling the theme together

Use variety - avoid repeating the exact same thing everywhere in the room

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.

To save time and money on your boy's room decor, play around and brainstorm ideas for a little while before shopping. This way you'll be certain to get items that work well together in his bedroom decor and give a really finished look.

Think a few years ahead unless you're OK with redecorating more often

Don't just decorate for now, try to think what's appropriate for a few years ahead as well. For example, a light blue fluffy rug and a teddy bear theme may seem adorable to you for your toddler boy's bedroom. 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 more frequently, this could be a great way to keep up with your son's interests as he grows.

It's his room not yours

If your little boy 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. Letting him come up with good boy bedroom ideas can be part of the fun!

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!

Boys bedding

Bedding makes the biggest instant impact the moment you walk into any bedroom; your boy’s room is no exception.

Unless your toddler or young boy really has a specific superhero in mind as a theme, you may wish to steer clear of licensed character bedding. Those busy designs can get difficult to color-coordinate and can look dated in a few years.

Let your theme be your guide and go for bedding set that fits with it. If that's tricky to find, remember that it can be as simple as a solid color since you'll be bringing up other parts of the theme elsewhere in the room.

You can get inspiration from browsing boys bedding on Amazon.com. I also recommend Belk (an overstock-style discounter) for awesome deals on well-known brands of boy's bedding. If budget is a big issue, you can always get a lot for your money by purchasing your bedding at Walmart.com.

On the other hand, if you can spend just a little extra, I highly recommend the drool-worthy selection of boys bedding at Crate & Barrel and the trendy fashion-forward boys bedding at Macy's.

Rugs

A rug is a fantastic way to continue expressing your boy's bedroom theme. It also creates a cohesive pulled-together professional look.

Boy’s rugs have an incredible variety. There are grown-up looking designs for the an older boy's bedroom while for a toddler boy's room 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're certain to be able to find something that fits with your boy's bedroom decor.

Check out the boy's bedroom rugs at Amazon.com.

Boy's bedroom wall pictures

Wall art is great for adding an extra touch of cool to your boy’s bedroom that adds to theme and makes it uniquely his.

You can find plenty of wall art for a boy's bedroom at Amazon.com, but how about something even more exciting? You can get unique wall art crafted by independent artists at Etsy.com! Besides what's available in the artist's Etsy store, some artists will take commissions through Etsy as well, so you can get something guaranteed to work with your child's theme and 100% unique.

If traditional wall art isn't so much his thing or won't fit well with the theme, take a look a these awesome boys bedroom wall decals on Etsy.com instead. They add a modern up-to-the-minute look to your boy's bedroom.

Conclusion

Decorating your boy’s bedroom is fun. Here I covered popular themes for boys bedrooms and explained how you can pull together a cohesive look. Whether he’s a toddler, teenager, or somewhere in between, you can find an awesome bedroom theme for your guy by matching up the right bedding, rug, and wall art to create a pulled-together look.

I also have plenty of neat tips for how to keep him looking great in stylish yet affordable kids clothes. Take a look here at my list of the top 6 budget-friendly kids clothing brands.

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