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Today I’m sharing the big kid boys room design board I created for Hudson’s room. I can’t believe he’s going to be 9 in just under two months. It feels so surreal that he’s inching closer to being a pre-teen.
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In case you missed it – we moved back in early March. We definitely hadn’t planned on moving and it was kind of a whirlwind of events but nevertheless, we love our new home.
Here’s just a few of the things we fell in love with:
- Spacious covered front porch
- 3 Car Garage
- It’s nestled at the end of a Cul-de-Sac (suburban gold, ya’ll)
- LARGE walk in pantry
- Main Level Office & a Basement Office
- Under Stair Kids Play Nook
She’s a beaut.
So it’s no surprise that, when we saw it, we knew it was ours. But….I have just one small problem.
Everything is already “done” and I’m now struggling a bit to make it my own. I’ve realized that even though a house has beautiful features, there’s still room to put your own personal touch on it.
One of my favorite things to do when I’m in need of some creative direction is to create design boards (a lot of them I just keep to myself). It always helps me visualize the space and see everything come together. Not to mention, it’s nice to have a plan (and be able to work within a budget, though if you know me very well, you know that’s not exactly a strength of mine, haha).
Designing a Big Kid Boy’s Room
I’ve never been a fan of super kiddy themed rooms. I like to have a subtle theme to work with and design the room around that. It’s just like how I feel about kids’ character clothing and light up sneakers – not a fan.
Although, ask me about the time I bought Charlee a pair of light up frozen sneakers from Walmart – like a total sucker.
So when it came to designing Hudson’s big kid room – I knew I wanted to give him something that could grow with him.
Something SO opposite those dang Frozen shoes.
If it were left up to him, he would totally beg me for a Fortnight room, I just know it annnnnnndddd, I’m not about that life.
We can throw in a few accent pieces here or there but we aren’t going full blown Fortnight bananas over here.
When it comes to boys’ rooms, I like to stick with colors like navy, orange, green, black or white.
Gray isn’t really a thing I want to do – it’s pretty much run it’s course, and I’m here for the color anyway.
His room at the old house was painted gray with navy blue checked bedding, a blue dresser and these cool (faux) vintage marvel comic book covers (from Hobby Lobby).
At the new house, his wall is the coolest olive green and it’s a shiplap accent wall with sconce lighting above his bed.
It’s very “teen boy”.
Since we have this amazing accent wall, I decided to take that and build on it.
Finding Inspiration for a Kid’s Room Design
I like to peruse Pinterest for all of my room design ideas (including this boys room design). And while sometimes I might find one look I love – what I usually end up with is a combination of a few inspired looks to make it completely my own.
I also enjoy skimming the Pottery Barn kids catalog and any home magazines I can get my hands on. Usually if there’s something in one of those two places, I’ll snap a picture on my phone and save it for such a time as this.
Actually, Instagram is another great place to get inspiration for your room designs too. There’s no shortage of incredibly talented and amazing home accounts there and I’m always inspired by the ones I find. I like to use hashtags to search for specific inspiration photos, so if you’re on the hunt try something like #boysroomdesign or #kidsroom #preteenboyroom.
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How to Make a Boy’s Room Cozy
Making a boys room cozy may not seem like an important priority, but when it comes to any of the spaces in our home – cozy is at the top of my list. Sure, functionality and style are up there too – but none of that means very much if the spaces aren’t able to be lived in and comfortable.
So this is especially important to me when planning and designing the spaces for my kids rooms. And specifically for my oldest. As he gets into his pre-teen years, I want his room to be a place that provides comfort and overall positive feelings.
Here’s a list of ways to make your big kid boys room room cozy:
- Consider lighting
- Use natural colors
- Incorporate elements of nature
- Provide layers and textures
- Keep it Simple
- Use various seating options
- Designate Spaces for Everything
Big Kid Boy’s Room Inspiration
Okay, so for Hudson’s big kid room design I started with a simple color palette inspired by a room I saw on Pinterest.
I combined these deep and bold shades of green, blue, orange and hints of black and white.
The biggest reason I went with this color combination was because his room has this awesome green shiplap wall and I really wanted to highlight that in this design.
When it comes to bedding, I like high quality products (even for a boys room). Bedding isn’t cheap, especially if you’re looking to buy from Pottery Barn or West Elm. I’ve actually purchased from both higher end stores and lower more affordable stores, and you know what bedding I keep going back to? Pottery Barn.
Besides the fact that I have a love for amazing, high quality sheets, taking care to select pieces that will create a more comfortable and cozy look and feel so that when Hudson does start spending more time hanging out in his room, it’s a place that brings him comfort.
So for this room, I selected these black and white spotted sheets from PBTeen. And then I found this brighter green quilt to balance out the moody olive green of his wall from Target. Typically, I wouldn’t say that Target is my go-to for bedding, however Target actually DOES have some great quality items, and I wanted a brighter green quilt so I had to go with what I could find.
Usually when there’s a quilt with bedding, I’ll layer in a duvet for added fluff, texture, and color. The duvet from Ikea that I had by eyes on isn’t available currently so I decided I would try to see if the current duvet would work with the bedding or not (stay tuned on this).
Throw pillows are like the no-fail go-to to making any space just a tad bit cozier,boys room’s included. My husband just rolls his eyes because he thinks they’re pointless but I can assure you, they are not. One of the best things about using throw pillows (especially in a kids room) is that you can change them out so easily. And as far as throw pillows go, you can also remove the cover and wash it if need be.
When it comes to throw pillows I like to choose pillows in varying sizes, colors, patterns, and textures. Of course, when it’s time to curl up in bed, where are the pillows likely to go?
On the floor.
So one way to keep them from getting thrown haphazardly on the floor is to have a basket dedicated to holding the pillows when they’re not on the bed.
For this design board I chose three pillows varying in size and shape and texture. I purposefully chose the black and white patterned pillow in a lumbar shape/size because I knew it would break up the bold color of the other two.
When designing a kid’s space, don’t forget about the wall art. While there is certainly a time and place for leaving walls bare, using art prints are a great way to bring character and interest into a kids room (without breaking the bank).
Some of my favorite places to shop for (affordable) art prints for the home are listed below:
- Minted Art
- BFF Print Shop
- Juniper Print Shop
For this boys room design, I stuck with art that reflected the outdoors such as mountains and the moon phases.
For the most part when I’ve designed my kids rooms I’ve been pretty conservative when it came to the decor pieces other than what lived on the walls or high on shelves. Because, for the last several years, I’ve been busy decorating nurseries and toddler rooms.
Now that I’m planning out a room design for my (almost) nine-year old…I can think about decor pieces that can help bring some interest into his space without worrying too much about if he’ll hurt himself trying to touch or play with it.
Adding in small decor pieces on bookshelves, desks, and nightstands is a perfect way to bring in some of your child’s personality into their space. It also helps “fill” the space and make it feel cozy.
Don’t get me wrong, there is such a thing as overdoing it and thus making the space look totally cluttered – but when done tastefully – it brings a lot of warmth to a space.
Some of the smaller decor pieces I selected for this boys room include:
- a globe
- a fun metal sign
- neon wall sign
- comfy chair
You’ll not be surprised to hear me say that I’m a big fan of rugs. I honestly really just love how versatile they can be and how they really do transform a space.
One of my favorite places to shop for good, quality rugs (at an affordable price) is Boutique Rugs. I’ve purchased a few from them and have been so pleased with everything I’ve bought.
When it comes to selecting a rug for any room, you want to make sure you get the size just right. For Hudson’s room, I have decided to go with an 8×10. And for most spaces this is a pretty solid choice. However, I always recommend measuring and planning out rug placement before purchasing.
I chose a neutral colored rug with some texture for Hudson’s room because I wanted to contrast the green on his walls and bed. I love the boho look/feel of this rug from Boutique Rugs and think it will be the perfect fit with this boys room design.
Also Read: The Best Area Rugs for Cozy Boho Style
I hadn’t put a lot of thought into storage for toys for Hudson’s room, because he’s almost 9 and mainly plays with legos and video games. But there is need for some small things like Pokemon and baseball cards along with other odds and ends. So rather than having a huge toy bucket, I plan on using a bookshelf with small baskets or crates on it to store any toys he might want to keep up in his room.
Honestly, I’m a big fan of baskets because they hide clutter. And if you have kids, you know what I mean. It doesn’t matter WHO you are…kids have so much clutter. They like to collect *things*.
Boy’s Room Inspiration: The Look
Here’s the design inspiration board I’ve put together for this boys room project. I like putting together these boards because it allows me to visualize everything coming together and really get an idea for what I need.
Now that the board is complete – it’s time to get to work pulling all of this stuff together and getting it all styled in Hudson’s big kid boys room. My kids love it when I come up with a plan for decorating their rooms, so he’s going to be super excited.
Is that something your kids get excited about too? Or are my kids just super strange because their mom loves all things home decor and style?