Brilliant boys’ bedroom design ideas for every style

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    Who says boys’ bedrooms can’t be stylish? We’ve selected our favourite ideas, schemes and tips for boys’ bedrooms that look great while remaining practical. Whether you’re looking to create the perfect nursery, create a vibrant play zone or easy update for a teen, you’re bound to find something to fire up your imagination with our pick of the best boys’ bedroom ideas.

    After more design ideas? Check out these small children’s room ideas for inspiration

    1. Add a bunkbed to create more play space

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    Buy now: Wilton Bunk Bed, £299, John Lewis & Partners

    Whether you kids share a bedroom, or just have frequent friends to stay, consider investing in bunk beds rather than twin beds. They will take up a much smaller footprint so the room will seem more spacious and the space will be more flexible. That mean more space for your little ones to have adventures with there toys on the floor, which is essential if you don’t enough space in your home for a playroom.

    2. Squeeze in extra storage with a cabin bed

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    Buy now: Cabin bed, £499, Aspace

    Add in a little extra storage that your kid will be able to reach even when they’re still little by using drawers under a cabin bed. This glossy red bed is perfect for a room that’s short on space and even has an exposed shelf for them to tuck there books away on after story time. Continue the vibrant colour scheme throughout the bedroom with a rainbow carpet and bright wall art, which should see your child into there early teens.

    3. Extend the room theme from the walls to the bed

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    Buy now: Cotton Bear bedding, £25, Debenhams

    For a cohesive look, extend the wall theme to the bedding, accessories, wall art and rugs. Animal designs, stars and simple shapes in monochrome shades remain fairly unisex and should last them from tiny babies to toddler years and beyond. The rocking chair with a fluffy cushion is the perfect place to cosy on town as you read your little one a story, or help rock them to sleep on your knee.

    4. Hang wall art at child height

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    Whether they’re a toddler or going on 7, hang wall art at the right height for them so they can see the pictures just as well as you. Floating shelfs are also a great way to make a feature of our your child’s picture books and make sure they’re easy to hand come story time. String up some paper lantern fairy lights to cast a soft glow over the room as it gets closer to bedtime.

    5. Make a feature out of hexagon shelves

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    Transform some humble shelves into something a little more special. These hexagon shelves can be arranged in any order to create a feature wall where your son can arrange and display his favourite toys. The best part about these shelves is that they’ll stand the test of time as your little one turns into a teenager, your child can change the display and colour of the shelves as his tastes change without needing a complete room overhaul.

    6. Add character with wall stickers

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    Wall stickers are an easy and cheap way to let your kid put there stamp on a white bedroom. Many websites will even offer you the choice to get the stickers personalised. They can be a little fiddly to get on the wall initially, but once they’re on they will not budge until you choose to peel them off and they’ll disappear without a trace. These are ideal if you live in a rented house, but also if you’re child is in that tween-period. One minute they’re obsessed with monkeys, next thing they want a Banksy style design on their wall. Both can be achieved with a simple sticker change.

    7. Be bold with colour choices

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    Traditional colour palettes such as blues and reds are the classic option, but don’t be afraid of zingy yellows or calming pastel shades if you want something a little different. Dare to be bold by painting bunk beds in a standout colour to make them a cheery focal point. Background colours on the walls and flooring are kept low-key so that bright furniture and accessories really sing out.

    8. Maximise corners with clever shelving ideas

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    Make the most of every inch of space with clever wall shelves, made even more smart by taking them into the corners. Simple single ledge shelves, IKEA are a great choice for budget options. Use too different sizes sat side-by-side to create a V-shape. Alternatively, if you have matching sizes, cut the edges into a point to match them up in the corner seamlessly.

    9. Make it monochrome

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    A child’s bedroom doesn’t always need to be pale and pretty – embrace dark and moody hues for a dramatic look that will add depth. This monochrome scheme benefits from plenty of pattern and texture to lift the space, while quirky art adds character and personality to this children’s room.

    10. Think of a theme to add personality

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    If you have a young child, it’s highly likely that you’ll want to opt for bright colours. Feature walls with fun print children’s wallpaper or wall stickers are a great way to liven up a scheme (and are sure to be a hit with the kids). Take a theme and run with it in a child’s bedroom. This cheery fox motif wallpaper is the starting point for a playful scheme with bold co-ordinating bedlinen, orange lamp and a cute fox cushion on the bed.

    11. Make a small space bright

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    Keep the look light and airy in a loft bedroom by painting walls white to compensate for the lack of natural light. Go for cheery bedlinen and accessories to keep the look bright and playful, with colourful artwork or vinyl stickers on the walls for decoration.

    12. Paint by numbers

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    Create a playful space for your boy by painting stripes on the floorboards in different hues of their favourite colour. Paint them in a graduating range of colours for added effect – you could use colour cards as inspiration.

    Love these boys’ bedroom ideas? We know that putting together a cohesive, creative and practical children’s bedroom scheme is no mean feat.

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