As the family gets back into the swing of things with the start of the school year, we're guessing you’ve been tempted to touch up the décor. In addition to organizing the playroom and study space, it’s nice to freshen up the kids’ bedrooms too. A fun bedside lamp could encourage reading, or a colorful pillow could make bedtime more attractive. (Hey, you never know.) Perhaps you’re putting together a nursery for the first time, or transitioning your toddler to a big boy bed. We spoke with six interior designers across the country, plus one prolific kids blogger, for design tips. Many of the rooms pictured belong to their own kids.
For more inspiration, check out our brand new Bedrooms for Boys Pinterest board, and be sure to peruse our roundup of Matouk goodies in shades of blues, grays, and browns with patterns that work particularly well for boys big and small.
Amie Corley, Amie Corley Interiors, Saint Louis MO
“I like kids rooms to be young and whimsical, but not sweet. The starting point for this room was the curtain fabric—“Spatter” by Hinson—which is one of my favorites. It's a classic print, but playful and boyish. The orange bed and light blue walls are simple and classic, and I used Matouk seersucker pillow shams on the bed. The fun, animal accents everywhere are what makes it distinctly a kid’s room, but they can easily be switched out for more grown up pieces when he grows out of them.”
Catherine Brophy, CWB Architects, Brooklyn
"The white room, white window shade, and white light create a serene backdrop for the colorful world of a young boy. The wall-mounted map satisfies his worldly curiosity, and adds some education into decoration. Hung above the bed it invites dreams of adventure in far off lands. A local Brooklyn artist's photo collage hangs on the wall above the small window. Finally, the blue and yellow bedding adds some visual pop.”
Angie Hranowsky, Angie Hranowsky, Charleston, SC
“My son and daughter share a room. The black slats above are the underside of my daughter’s loft bed. I had to maximize the most of a relatively small space. We live in an old historic house in Charleston, so there are lots of windows and fireplaces to contend with. Of course, they are lovely elements, but it made furniture placement more difficult. I chose this simple single bed for my son from Ikea because it has drawers for extra storage. I wanted I wanted fun bedding; I found this tapestry at Urban Outfitters and had a bolster made to match. I like the contrast with the turquoise walls—a color they both agreed on. The wicker elephant has been with us for a few years; I think it makes a fun bedside table.”
Julie Fisher, FC Studio, Chicago
“My son's room is the result of an organic decorating process. It started as my eldest daughter's nursery, and when my son was born, we moved my daughter into a bigger room, and did some quick fixes to make it his own. Not being one to choose pink for girls, it was already green. But, there was a huge mural on the wall, so we wallpapered over it, choosing a color that worked with the existing green paint. In time, the crib converted to the bed, giving an opportunity to add fun pillows and texture. An Asian-style stool I had shoved in our basement, worked great as a bedside table once we gave it a fresh coat of paint. The bird print, from my grandmother’s house, worked perfectly, and is still his favorite picture!”
Chip Brian, Design Development NYC
"Small, simple and bold, are the characteristics for this boy’s room. Simple geometry and use of color helps accentuate the space. There is ample storage, which is key. It not only keeps clutter out of the way, but helps teach kids how to be organized. Leaving a generous space for play allows kids to be kids, and makes the room so much more than just a place to sleep."
Sherry Hart, Sherry Hart Designs, Atlanta
“The nursery was originally our guest room; the barn doors were the headboard. We decided to keep them in the room for texture. The wall color was also original to the guest room, as was the yellow ceiling. We added the crib, Ikea shelving, and a flea market find rocker, that we re-upholstered. It started to take on a vintage, eclectic feel, so we ran with it!”
Julia Johnson, The Boo and the Boy
“My four-year-old son loves the outdoors so I decided to go with an outdoorsy/cabin theme for his room. I painted a tree on his wall, used some red buffalo plaid accents, an army blanket on his bed, an antler on his dresser, and woodsy themed vintage paint by numbers to decorate his walls. I wanted to choose a theme that could grow with him, lasting for years, so this seemed like the perfect solution.. I also found that for my son, proper storage is key since he has a million little cars and toys that make his room really messy, really fast. There’s also a comfy chair in the corner for reading.”
These are our favorite Matouk products for boys’ rooms.
Clockwise: Admiral nautical rope duvet & shams by Lulu DK for Maotuk and Regatta sailboat sheets & pillowcases by Lulu DK for Matouk; Logotype Pillow; Pearl matelassé coverlet & shams; Arcadia Greek key throws; Chant lattice duvet cover, shams, & bed skirt by Lulu DK for Matouk; Allegro triple border shams & duvet.