One of my readers asked me for some ideas for her son's bedroom. Having 4 sons of my own, this is probably one of the very few subjects I can talk about with any authority.
Decorating for boys is not the easiest thing to do. Boys are boisterous. Boy's feet are always dirty. Boys will lie upside down on their beds with their feet against the wall. They will spend a large amount of time throwing a dirty tennis ball against the wall, over and over and over. Boys will regularly use their beds as a trampoline. They will draw or write on their bedlinen or their walls (depending on your reaction, they might only do this once!). Boys will empty their collection of dusty stones, crusty fossils or rusty nuts and bolts on their freshly laundered duvet cover. They will play with their pet snakes, lizards or rats on their beds. I could go on and on, but I'm sure you get the picture.
So boys bedrooms need to be pretty hard wearing, robust, practical and not too precious. But we also want them to look nice. Hopefully these pictures can provide some inspiration.
Red, white a blue has always been a popular choice for boys bedrooms.
A fridge in the bedroom would be a big hit with my boys.
I am not a fan of superheroes or Disney characters on bedlinen, but these are subtle enough not to offend.
If they are sports fans, use that as a basis for the decor.
A nautical theme is an enduring classic. If deciding to follow a theme for a bedroom, try to stick to the items that are easy to change later when they outgrow the theme. A boat-shaped bed won't work for a 13 year old!
I like the idea of using solid antique furniture rather than mass produced kids furniture.
Maps on the wall is one of my favourites. They look good and are educational at the same time.
These unusual headboards painted with a scene from a favourite story is a great idea for younger boys.
A wild west theme will probably appeal to most boys.
If you prefer a paler or more neutral palette, these rooms below might provide some inspiration.
Soft blues are perfect for younger boys
Shades of brown are more masculine and work especially well for older boys.
Maybe you don't even need to bother with a bedroom at all. Just give them a pillow and they'll make themselves comfortable anywhere!!
Till next time
Image sources: 1, 3, 7, 8, 9 Garden and Home mag 2 Country Living Mag 4 Room Envy blog 5 Pottery Barn 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20 Unknown 10 Furniture Point Blog 14,15,25 Truelock equals Truelove Blog 16 Decorpad 18 Leila Bird Nest Blog 21 Design Sponge 22 Houzz 23, 29 Tumblr 24 Pinterest 26, 28 Restoration Hardware 27 Smitten Design Blog