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!]


  • The Distressed Mother

    I feel your pain! I just buy nice linens and lights and leave it at that. Not into themes at all. Although for his first room as a baby we painted giant Dr Seuss mural around his walls.

    TDM xx.

    • Katrina (author)

      That would have been so cute!

  • Jode

    Good morning!
    Thanks for all the awesome boys room ideas,
    some of those ideas my boys would love too!
    Have fun working and have a great day.
    x Jode

    • Katrina (author)

      Good site, thanks lovely!

  • Jayde

    Katrina that lego display is amazing…i really need to be getting one of those for all of Baileys figures, they are everywhere at the moment, hes our lego freak. The graffiti art is a cool idea and there is a couple of guys in wagga wIho may be able to help you out, I’m not sure entirely of all the work they do but Jaydon is currently doing a graffiti course with them at RCC, let me know if you want some more info. I think you have found some good ideas though cause I have to agree that boys rooms can be so hard and boring…i don’t do themes either

    • Katrina (author)

      A graffiti course? Wow! how cool is that? Bet he loves it. Yeah, I’d love to see if I could get a massive canvas done. X

      • nikki esler

        hi there i love the storage idea for the lego ive an 8 year old boy and were going to be decorating his room shortly trying to pick colours and a theme he loves dinasours i know well eventually work it out but its just deciding thanks for the inspiration from nikki in northern ireland

  • Kimberly

    We are just about to move to our new place after renting for the past 12 months and I can’t wait to get into decorating my boys rooms!! After the awful packing, moving and unpacking comes the fun part! Look forward to you sharing your ideas 🙂 x

  • chelle@geeyourebrave

    It is so hard with boys isn’t it. I find my daughter much easier in the decorating area. I do love the pallet beads though – gorgeous and easy to make.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • Karen@RestyledVintage

    Cool pics…I love those globe lightshades and yes so easy to do!

    Also love miss Mustard Seed’s Union Jack dresser, I have done a couple of my own over the years, and still feel more coming on, lol! One of them I did in Pink, Grey and White though so that wouldn’t suit boys!

    I am lucky to have a boy and a girl so get to decorate both options 🙂


    • Katrina (author)

      I think I’ll give it a good too. I have the perfect cupboard for it too.

  • Cathy

    Love the orange and black, the pallets and globe lights! Oh and love the graffiti idea too (don’t think my hubby would go for that one though) lol

    If not wall stickers, why not a real skateboard or two mounted to wall… Or I can sort of envision a wall of wheels (bicycle, motorbike etc) as a feature? Then again, this is why I’m not a decorator…

    • Katrina (author)

      I wouldn’t graffiti the wall, just a big canvas. My husband would die too if I did that! 🙂

  • Cathy

    I agree about the themes because they tend to outgrow but if it’s something they are super passionate about and looks like they’ll be obsessed for the long haul, then I’d consider it. At the moment, my boys just have colour themed rooms…didn’t get around to decor because then we decided to move… So that will be next house! Looking forward to seeing all your ideas!

  • Kathie

    Try Having a boy & a girl sharing!!! I found Ikea to have fairly neutral & cheap stuff that worked together as a good start. But, yes, a lot ofit will come down to the individual pieces, that will ‘make’ the room.

  • Michelle Hayward

    As a huge Interior Design buff I am LOVING your inspiration! I am so over themed rooms! I prefer to just go with flashy linen and add a print or something funky to the wall. It’s too hard to change it all after the event otherwise. I am over my four walls at the moment and want to repaint but can’t decide what I want. I guess I am feeling uninspired too. It’ll come to me. You’ll see something that grabs you! The way I narrowed stuff down was by doing the Pinterest or Google Image thing, then I went back and looked at what I’d collected and I saw a pattern emerging. I did exhaust the process though and ran out of things to look up LOL 😉 Woops! Back to the magazines maybe?

  • Something Gorgeous

    You know the good thing about decorating a boys room is they don’t seem to mind what you do! Whereas girls want to have an input and that can make things difficult.
    Really love the globes as lights too, you must use them they are gorgeous. xT

    • Katrina (author)

      The globes are so cool aren’t they?!

  • Amber

    Love the orange colors they go well for boys and adds color. The industrial look sounds good iam really looking forward to seeing the rooms as you go along. And please share the get online sites you find I too live in a small qld town so online shopping has become the regular. The union jack drawers n globe lights are fabulous.

  • Letitia

    All gorgeous. LOVE the union jack style at the moment, works perfectly for boys. Letitia xx

  • penny barns

    WOW. I will just take all your inspiration. Maybe i will be decorating the same time as you are moving into your house at the rate my builder is going.
    Looks like end of august for us now. Not that i am holding onto anything he says.
    Pen x

    • Katrina (author)

      I’ve copied some of your pins – thank you!!

  • Tracey Bradshaw

    About to do my 2 boys rooms (aged 13 and 11) – 13 year old is easy – we have EVERY detail planned. 11 year old is harder because I am not ready to update his furniture and it sort of screams nautical (though maybe not) – white ikea hemnes daybed, white 9 drawer basket drawers – 3×7 bookcase (currently stained pine and will be painted – red?) – current (expensive) linens are red, turquoise, white and navy… Ideas?
    We have just moved in here – will email you the before pics as used by the agent to promote the home for sale…. Horrifying crimes against decorating were performed here – or they used a colour blind monkey to choose the colours..

  • Anna (My Design Ethos)

    Great ideas Katrina! I am always saving boys room on my kid’s room board on Pinterest – maybe you can find some more inspiration there – I don’t like themey rooms either! I often like the kids room in Real Living, Lonny and the other online mags too – they are a bit more creative I think! xx

    • Katrina (author)

      Thank you for letting me look! I’ve copied some 🙂

  • Jo

    Hi Katrina,

    Loving your pictures. We are going through exactly the same here at the minute with my two girls. We decorated their rooms almost 9 years ago when we had a three year old and a baby. I kept it winnie the pooh free and very all age friendly, but the time has come.

    So my almost 9 year old is going for a pink, black and white theme. She is my animal print queen, so we will have quite a bit of zebra and the odd leopard print thrown in. We are going with that 50’s glamour look. Found an awesome print for her wall at Vintage Venus. You might find something for the boys there too.

    My almost 12 year old wants lots of vintage maps and orange! I’m finding this one a bit more of a challenge, but I’m a bit excited by it. She loved the wallpaper with the tree trunks that Dale and Sophie used in their bedroom last week, so we might do a feature wall. I think this will be the earth child bedroom. Could I have two girls who are any more different?

    And your lego shelving – my guess are they are old printers trays painted white, just looking at the shape of them. I love an old printers tray!

    I’m going to take a few photos as we go over on my V&R Facebook page.

    Good luck – I llloooovvveee when you talk interiors!

    • Katrina (author)

      Sounds so amazing. Totally loving the 50 glamour look! Yes, get that wallpaper Sophie used. I’ve seen it up close – very cool!

  • Jo

    Oh, and I got great bed linen in Tar-jay this week. They have a teen’s range. It’s not all fantastic, but the odd piece was great. Worth a look.

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