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Creative Decor Ideas For a Boy's Room

Written by Nicholas Crusie — October 01, 2021

Creative Decor Ideas For a Boy's Room

Are you ready to create the ultimate boy’s room in your house? Whether you're welcoming a new boy to your family or your boy is just growing up and wants something new, we're here to help you create the perfect space.

You don't have to be a professional on HGTV or even an amateur DIY-er to create a room that will delight and impress. Just be sure to take a little bit of time to think it all through before you get started, and you'll come up with a plan your boy will love in no time.

Here are a few ideas to help get your creative juices flowing:

Identify Their Interests 

If you’re looking to design a space they’ll love, the best place to start is by asking them directly. Find out what they're interested in and consider how you might be able to work it into the decor of the room. 

Are they a sports star? Add in some subtle nods to their heroes using cool decor and maybe a unique piece of memorabilia. A gamer or avid reader? Create a special corner where they can sink into a beanbag chair while they enjoy their hobbies. 

Themes are a great way to make decor personal, but the best results usually involve a more subtle nod to a specific interest.  Especially when young kids change their hobbies often, it’s best to make the design more of a wink than a wave. 

Break Away from Stereotypes

When designing this new room, an important thing to keep in mind is that your boy might have a different idea in mind than their peers or siblings. If they’re more interested in tennis than basketball or dance than drag racing, help them implement that into their design. You may just find a new thing to bond over!

Make it Interactive 

Boys have enormous amounts of energy, and that can be a problem when it comes time to go to sleep. Add some fun things that allow him to tire himself out before bedtime. Turn one wall into a mini climbing wall, or put a balance beam and some gymnastics mats on the floor.

If they’re the creative type, paint one wall with chalkboard paint and add an easel in the corner so they can bring their masterpieces to life. If your ears are up for it, get a drum set so they can imagine becoming the next John Bonham or Ringo Starr. (If just the idea of this gives you a headache, that’s ok, we understand. There are other, quieter instruments out there.)   

Choose the Right Color 

The psychology of color is fascinating. According to this theory, the room’s paint color could make an impact on how your child feels when they're in it. Take a look at these interesting facts about color before making a decision.

The Color Spectrum

We all remember learning about the color wheel in school, but interestingly, these colors affect us in specific ways. On one side of the color spectrum, you have blue, plus similar colors like purple and green. These colors tend to be associated with the feeling of calmness or even sadness.

On the other end, you have warm colors like red, orange, and yellow, which can bring up feelings of warmth for some people, but they also tend to evoke feelings of anger. So, it might not be a great idea to paint a boy's room bright red even if he loves fire trucks. 

Our rooms are places where we try to evoke calmer, more relaxed emotions and avoid colors that stir up more negative feelings. Rooms are our safe spaces and the place where we must learn to rest and relax. 

A good option for a boy’s room is the color green. Green has positive associations with nature and can be quite calming. It’s also easy to incorporate into many different themes. However, many psychologists believe that our personal interpretations of color are stronger than the general ones. 

So, if your boy loves fire trucks and dreams of one day being a firefighter, a red room might not cause him to feel angry. If red is his absolute favorite color, this popping shade might only make him feel joy. 

Popular Boy’s Room Colors

If you’re looking to stay on-trend, you might be wondering what colors are currently popular for boy’s rooms.

Here are a few options to consider: 

  • Forest green
  • Navy blue
  • Cloudy grey
  • Mustard yellow
  • Sky Blue

Any of these options would be a safe choice for a room that most boys would love. But don’t be afraid to look outside the box. There’s nothing saying that your boy’s room can’t be purple or orange. 

Embrace Creativity 

You don’t have to stick with the traditional bedroom setup of a bed, dresser, mirror, and maybe a desk. Embrace creativity and do something special that will create a lasting memory in their mind. Not sure what that might look like?

Let’s take a look at some ideas: 

Pick a Movie 

Are they obsessed with Harry Potter? Hang some LED floating candles from the ceiling. Maybe they're more of a Star Wars person. Make a display case for their favorite lightsabers. They will love a room that reflects what they enjoy.

Here are a few other movie ideas to also make great room themes:

  • Cars is such a fun movie, and the theme can grow with your child. Start out with a room theme from the movie. As they grow up, maybe they will gradually lean into a NASCAR theme instead of animated cars. 
  • Indiana Jones is great if they love to explore and search for treasure. Include neutral tones, treasure maps, and don’t forget to hang a nice fedora on the wall as a nod to the classic character. 
  • The Avengers allows for a more general theme that can evolve over time. Maybe today their hero is Iron Man, but tomorrow they are obsessed with The Incredible Hulk. Why not include all the heroes? It’s a win-win situation.

One thing we love about themes is that you can be as deep into them as you want. If you want to simply go out and buy Star Wars-themed sheets and pillows, go for it! Or, if you’d rather include subtle hints at your theme by including the accent colors of each Marvel hero, you can do that too. 

Bring the Outdoors Inside 

You might need to utilize all your space for some of these ideas! Don’t get stuck thinking at ground level. Consider lofting a bed or using a hammock to give some height so that the whole floor can be used for other fun things.

If they love soccer, loft the bed and put a mini soccer net underneath. If they like to climb, hang a hammock up or create a mini ropes course across the room. Or, go rustic and set up a tent so they can feel like they’re sleeping under the stars. 

Make it the Place To Hang Out 

We all hope our kids will enjoy their space, right? As they grow older, it can become more difficult to keep them around the house. But you can make your house the place to have friends over for a Friday night sleepover by creating an inviting space. 

Consider including bunk beds or a bean bag that converts into a mattress so that everyone has a cool place to sleep when they come over. Make the ultimate board game shelf, so they always have a new activity nearby a ping pong table in the backyard for some friendly competition. 

As a special treat when friends come over, put in a small movie projector so they can watch the latest show on the ceiling or the wall. They’ll appreciate the effort, and their friends will, too. 

Encourage Rest 

Ultimately, bedrooms are for sleeping. It’s fun to make them interactive and exciting, but at the end of the day (quite literally), they need to be able to sink into bed and get a good night’s rest. The average child needs between nine and 11 hours of sleep each night.

A few ways you can make their space restful include getting dark curtains, making the bedroom a tech-free zone, and adding in comfortable blankets and pillows. 

Feel Free To Keep It Simple 

If you came here looking for a few cute ideas and are about to leave with a stress headache, let us give you permission to keep it simple. You don’t have to make the room HGTV-worthy. Just pick a color they’ll love, add a few decorations that match their style and interests, and invest in a comfortable bed!

They’ll love it, and you’ll rest easy (and so will they).

Sources: 

Color Psychology | Verywell Mind

How Much Sleep Do Babies and Kids Need? | The Sleep Foundation

My Kid Is Obsessed! Understanding Your Preschooler's Hobbies and Obsessions | Parents