Boys bedrooms – I have 3 of them to decorate!

As my new house kicks off, I have been thinking about the boy’s bedrooms. There are 3 of them for me to decorate (I’ve missed talking about interiors over here on my blog!).

I’ve been looking for some inspiration and I can tell you I am feeling flat. I am totally uninspired. Girls rooms look so much easier…

So when we move in I’ll have an 11 year old, 8 year old and 6 year old. They’re not babies and I don’t do themes, so I’ve been looking for some ideas. I’m failing. Things are too cute, too themed or too babyish.

There is a definite niche there. Someone needs to go in to boys bedrooms! Maybe I should!

I could draw a little inspiration from the pictures below though…

[Click on the images for their sources]

I loved the orange, the black and the pallets. This could work for my eldest. But not wall stickers.

Again, the orange and the black. A bit of pattern. Nothing too cute here which is good.

My middle one could have a few stripes. Don’t like the nautical for him though.

I loved these globes as lights. So cool and so easy to make!

Loved this chest of draws for my youngest. Don’t mind a bit of the Union Jack look. It’s everywhere at the moment.

Now this is pretty cool. Would love a shelf/display like that for my middle child. His eyes popped when I showed him this picture. He loves his Lego!

Love the graffiti look. My eldest would like this. A touch of punk would work well for him. I’d probably do black, yellow, orange bedding (maybe) and then set it off with huge graffiti artwork. Now, how the heck do I get my hands on these!?

They all want a coloured Tolix reproduction chair. I’m hoping to build a desk area in to their rooms for each of them.

I am a real lover of ‘Industrial’ so I think this style would work well for my boys. It’s just a matter of finding the stuff. And I don’t have thousands of dollars to do it! All on a budget. Plus I’m Wagga, so I have to source what I can here or online.

I’ll start on their bedlinen first and then go from there.

A spash of orange (loving this colour right now!).

My eldest also asked me for one of these deer heads. I like the coloured glossy ones too.

I also love the industrial numbers. So a collection of these as a wall display would be very cool for one of the boys…

Ok, time to get hunting Katrina!

[update: here are some makeovers I recently did on my boys’ rooms!]

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  • Linda says:

    I just redrew my boys room the other night .. they came in with me and measured and worked out where to put what. I am giving them double beds (they will be big soon – they are now 6 + 8) and am putting black shelving, darker coloured walls, pinboards, posters .. the lot. I drew it up and then they coloured it in. I am creating interior nuts just like me.

    totally loving that lego box thing – might have to get hubby to build something similar for my 2. they would kill for that!!

    Glad you are feeling a little better – hope you have a restful weekend. I don’t comment much on here but visit every day. Thanks for the entertainment (-:

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  • Lisa Barrett says:

    Hi Katrina, I’ve looooved doing my boys rooms, but i’ll admit it was a challenge when it’s so easy to go pretty for girls! I’ve also eschewed the ‘themes’ on offer and have gone for lots of fun colour. In Master 7’s room one entire wall I’ve pinned a huuuuge fabric aqua and white world map (from urban outfitters online), and another entire wall is chalkboard which is a huge hit! All of the furniture is white and i’ve included lots of pops of orange. It’s all pretty inexpensive, but so fun! Good luck with yours, no doubt they’ll be super cool! x

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    • Katrina says:

      Chalk – yes, I must do that! Thank you!

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  • Natalie Soire says:

    Love your ideas! I have 2 boys (4 & 2) but I don’t do themed characters either! Definately a market for it… Can’t wait to see the finished product and also your sources… Keep us up to date. Xo

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  • Kate says:

    The Tafe art class might have someone that does graffiti or even do a graffiti class?

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  • Shelley says:

    Love the beds in the first picture! And the globe lights, the moose head, the Lego display, ok all of it! have fun planning!

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  • Deanne says:

    I have just done 3 older boys rooms last year, my oldest boy just got bunks and stripy quilt covers, and hung his bow and arrows on the wall.
    The next has white chenille with green and blue stripe quilts and a vintage Paris travel poster as he loves France. The youngest who was 11 at the time has red, black and beige, a chalkboard door and his bookshelves hold his toys and books. I love using their things to decorate and add colour to their rooms

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    • Katrina says:

      Stripes are always a winner!

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  • Struth says:

    My boys are a bit younger but I went for some stripes and dots from http://www.stickytiki.com/ and a few pinboards from http://www.littledinosaur.com.au/ I personalised a little for my 5 year old so it was quite modern as I didn’t want him to outgrow it. Decals can look quite nice if you choose the right quality and design. The striped decals on the VJs in the room worked well. I also block mounted some space pictures from http://www.allposters.com.au but that was a bit more exxie. I bought some great artwork from http://www.nootles.com.au Mooch designs also has fabric wall art that is quite cost effective but quite girlie designs.

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  • MJ says:

    I am currently doing up a room for my 2.5yr old son and have decided to keep it simple. The main pieces of furniture are things he can grow with and won’t date, and I will add pieces that can be easily changed down the track. Everything looks nice in theory but in practice there is a hell of alot of dusting to do with an overly cluttered room. I am big ondusting and cleaning especially since kids are so prone to everything. Keep it simple, a classic style bed, some nice shelving and accessorise with things (i.e retro globes, wall art, cushions) that can be easily washed and changed. Hope this helps. Cheers.

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    • Struth says:

      Yes, my son has a dust mite allergy so I don’t have much clutter either. I hear you!

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  • Heather says:

    I find that the second you don’t want to ‘theme’ or use the typical ‘Toy Story’ type stuff decorating kids rooms is hard, particularly boys. When we move in the new year I’ll have the 2 boys rooms to decorate and our little girl on her way…can’t wait but it’s daunting sometimes!

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  • Esther Diepeveen says:

    I am LOVING all your inspiration pics, love the orange, the deer head and the globe lights…nothing happens when I click on the pic. Was wondering if there was somewhere with more info on how to make them?

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    • Katrina says:

      Oh, I found the globes in a magazine – I think it was Real Living. There was no further detail on how to make them. Sorry! X

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  • A-M says:

    Loving everything here. You haven’t even built the house and you have your boys’ rooms down pat. So organised. Love the orange and black idea…. and the graffiti thing. A hip and a hop! A-M xx

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  • Jess says:

    I LOVE Orange and navy together,they go perfectly!! I also love the vintage map look! Good Luck, cant wait ti see the finished products!

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  • Natalie Power says:

    Ohh and also re job, I am looking for some admin work… Eleven years experience. Will wait for the call out lol

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  • Natalie Power says:

    Hmm having trouble posting. Will try again.
    Here are a few websites to try
    http://www.thevintageshed.com.au/http://www.thevintageshed.com.au/
    http://www.trishhunterfinds.com.au/
    http://www.davidmetnicole.com/ they are closing down soon and have reduced all their stock.

    Re your house build, my husband owns Powers Insulation and Plumbing and they also do solar power and solar water if you are intered.

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    • Katrina says:

      Hi Natalie, thanks! If you like, you could email about your husband’s business. That would be awesome!

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  • Ness Lockyer says:

    If I lived near you I could have done the graffiti. Done lots of that in my time (legal stuff). Love the Lego storage, we need something like that too.
    Good luck!
    Ness xx

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    • Katrina says:

      You’d be perfect for that job 🙁

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  • Fiona,Lilyfieldlife says:

    Hi Katrina,
    great ideas for boys bedrooms! Not sure if you know of my blog but If you are interested in a union jack dresser, i could paint you one. I have painted a couple before
    http://www.lilyfieldlife.com/2011/04/union-jack-dresser.html
    http://www.lilyfieldlife.com/2011/05/guest-post-deja-vu-and-explosion.html
    Actually a couple of my pieces of furniture are already in Wagga. LOL
    Have a good day
    Cheers Fiona

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  • fromthekiwigirl says:

    Hey loving the ideas here. I know what its like trying to come up with great storage and workable/sleepable spaces for young fellas.
    I have found the perfect space for my 14 year old. We are renting and the new house has a sleepout – a converted garage, this will be the cave..reference being dark 24/7 and doesn’t open curtains but will turn on light..arrggh! He is stoked that he has the reigns to make it his own. Lego fan bigtime, used our old pantry and took the doors off to display his wares but now I have to reclaim it and return it to its original purpose of storing food. Cube storage is my all time fav piece..searching for one as we speak. Bunnings do a diy job and budget friendly. Nice one girl! 🙂

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  • KL says:

    So many great ideas here Katrina. I think little boy’s rooms are easy peasy but pre-teen and teen very challenging! I dislike ‘themed’ rooms too. I found with my son’s new bedroom (still unfinished) that once I had a colour scheme and sourced some bedlinen the rest sort of fell into place. It includes black / white and red / yellow, is a bit retro, graffiti bed linen & a massive union jack wall paper artwork. (Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Sons)! Great minds think alike eh?!
    x KL

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  • Kathy McMullen says:

    For the artwork/graffiti have a chat to Dan Seddon from signsplus graphics.

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  • Belinda says:

    A great collection of images! I design nurseries and kids rooms….although mostly nurseries but working on a funky 7 year old boys room at the moment

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