Who says boys’ rooms can’t be beautiful? Not us! As our boys’ bedroom ideas prove, these spaces can be every bit as stylish and stimulating as the rest of your home. Choose the right themes, colours, materials and furniture, and you can create a room that you’ll want to spend as much time in as they do.
Our inspiration gallery ranges from a newborn’s nursery, to playful places for pre-schoolers and on-trend dens that teens will be proud to show off to their friends.
We’re big fans of experimenting with colour palettes, and getting our boys on board with picking their favourite shades. Sure, that shade could be blue, but why not consider cool monochromes, energising yellows, oranges, reds and pinks, and restful neutrals, too? Anything could – and should – go in a boys’ bedroom!
So go and have some creative fun, and we hope we inspire you to create a room that the whole family will love.
Need more food for though? Check out these children’s room ideas for every age group.
Boys’ bedroom ideas
1. Add a bunk bed to create more play space
Whether your children share a bedroom, or frequently have friends to stay, consider investing in bunk beds rather than twin beds. Thanks to its stacked design, a bunk bed takes up a much smaller footprint, so the room will feel more spacious.
That means more space for your little ones to have adventures with their 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
Add accessible, extra storage with a smart cabin bed. The under-bed drawers are suitable for children of all ages. A cabin bed is perfect for a room that’s short on space and even has an exposed shelf for little ones to pop their books on after story time.
Continue the vibrant colour scheme throughout the bedroom with a rainbow carpet and bright wall art, which should suit your child’s tastes until they reach their early teens.
3. Extend the room theme from the walls to the bed
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 a popular unisex choice. All of which should see them through the years, from tiny babies to toddler years and beyond.
Here, a rocking chair with a fluffy cushion is the perfect place to cosy up, as you read your little one a story, or rock them to sleep on your knee.
4. Hang wall art at child height
Whether they’re a toddler or nine going on 17, hang wall art at the right height. That way, they can enjoy the pictures just as much as you.
Floating shelves are also a great way to make a feature of your child’s books and make sure they’re easy to hand come story time. String up some decorative fairy lights, to cast a soft glow over the room as it gets closer to bedtime.
5. Make a feature out of hexagon shelves
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 child can arrange and display their 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 tastes change, without needing a complete room overhaul.
6. Add character with wall stickers
Wall stickers are an easy and cheap way to let your kid put their stamp on a neutral bedroom – see our white bedroom ideas for more examples of how to do this. Many websites will even offer you the choice of getting the stickers personalised with your child’s name, or a motif you’ve designed yourself.
Though wall stickers can be a little fiddly to put on the wall initially, once they’re on they will not budge until you choose to peel them off. Plus, they’re designed to disappear without a trace. That’s right – no nasty marks you’d otherwise have to paint over.
All this makes wall stickers ideal if you live in a rented house. they’re also a smart choice if your child is in that tween-period. One minute they’re obsessed with monkeys – next thing you know, they want a Banksy-style design on their wall. Both can be achieved with a simple sticker change.
7. Be bold with colour choices
Traditional colours such as blues and reds are a 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. However, if you do decide to brighten up the furniture, it’s best to keep your walls and floor low-key and neutral. That way, your feature pieces really sing out.
8. Maximise corners with clever shelving
Make the most of every inch of the room with clever wall shelves. Taking them into the corners can be the ultimate use of this often-underused space. Use a cluster of simple single ledge shelves – IKEA, Wilko and Argos are great sources of budget options.
Position two 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
A child’s bedroom doesn’t necessarily 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
If you have a young child, it’s likely they will be drawn to bright colours that stimulate their senses. Liven up a scheme with a feature wall adorned with wallpaper in a fun print, like this design by Scion. Wall stickers are another 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, an orange lamp and a cute fox cushion on the bed.
11. Make a small space bright
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 the floor
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.