Boys’ bedroom ideas – 5 ways to update their sleep space

Searching for boys’ bedroom ideas, to give your little one their dream scheme? Then look no further than these inspiring ideas. From colour ideas to pattern themes, storage solutions and bed shapes, we’ve all you need to ensure a new bedroom fit for any budding young man.

Their space should be fun, inspiring and obviously reflective of their personalities and hobbies. But it should also be a space you enjoy too, that doesn’t totally compromise the style of your home. Getting them involved in the process will help as they can share their ideas and you can gently guide them into making choices that will suit both them and you. You’ll also want to opt for ideas that will last longer than their current obsession, but if they are intent on having their fav movie character or colour splashed around the room, make sure it is on items that can easily be updated or upcycled.

Boys’ bedroom ideas

At first thought, a boys’ bedroom might not be the most inviting room in your house. But 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 is fun, inspiring and welcoming too.

We’re big fans of experimenting with colour palettes for any children’s room idea – 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 restful neutrals, too? Anything could – and should – go in a boys’ bedroom!

From playful places for pre-schoolers to on-trend dens that tweens will be proud to show off to their friends, take a look at these creative and colourful boy room ideas that are super awesome.

1. Opt for open storage

Open shelving on wall of kids bedroom with star carpet

Image credit: Future Plc/Tim Young

Save precious floor space in a kid’s room by creating an open wardrobe. Not only will they be able to see their clothes easily, it may even encourage them to out them away!

Start by removing the drawers from a simple unit and paint in a shade of your (or his!) choice. In a shared room, use different colours for each child. Work out where you’d like to attach the units to the wall, leaving enough space below the bottom one for baskets filled with toys, or a stack of games or books, to maximise the space.

Once you’ve attached the first unit securely to the wall, fix up the second one, again leaving space in between each one for storage or display. next add a length of wooden dowel between the. unit and the wall to create a useful hanging rail for bulkier jumpers and jackets, then paint to match the units.

2. Paint the walls black

kids bedroom with walls painted black and colourful patterns over the top

Image credit: Annie Sloan

Yes really we’re suggesting this as one of our boys’ bedroom ideas! But before you worry that we’re losing our touch, we mean paint it black first, then add prints, patterns and whimsical designs on top in an array of colours.

Annie Sloan, Founder of Annie Sloan paints, says ‘Children respond to colour. Their instinctive attraction towards brighter shades isn’t hampered by a learned fear of standing out, and we should capitalise on that!’.

‘Bright shades inspire, build future confidence with experimentation, and activate fertile imaginations. The beauty of using Athenian Black is that all other colours will pop against this most dramatic backdrop.’

3. Put up a magnetic wall

Corner of blue child's bedroom with white floor and furniture, magnetic wall panel, and colourful toys and decorations

Image credit: Future Plc/Simon Whitmore

Attach a sheet of mild steel to the wall to turn it into an inexpensive floor-to-ceiling memo board. Fun magnets are perfect for younger kids but older ones could also use it as a place to store things that have inspired them, their home work schedule or photos of their mates.

4. Bring out their wild sides

JUngle themed kids bedroom with storage bed and globe pendant light

Image credit: Next

A jungle theme works well for any kids bedroom including for boys’ bedroom ideas and will certainly spark their imagination. Choose bedding that is bright and fun with lots of animal characters like this Jungle design bedding from Next, but opt for a more grown-up wallpaper. This means you can easily change the whimsical bedding as they get older to something a little more paired-back or muted, but the wallpaper won’t need to be replaced as it still has a sophisticated feel.

5. Encourage tidiness with a toy cupboard

Child's bedroom with white walls and blue painted square with coat hooks and cupboard, white painted floorboards and patterned rug

Image credit: Future Plc/Joanna Henderson

By customising a basic pine unit (here we’ve used an Ikea Ivar), with a tester pot or two, it becomes a colourful addition to your little ones room, and perhaps, a great way to encourage them to put away their toys inside. It’s wall-mounted design will maximise floor space for play too, and means less chance of toys getting lost under furniture. Alternatively you could paint the doors with chalkpaint to double up as a space for chalk drawing too!

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