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K-12: 10 Tips for Creating a Boy's Bedroom He Won't Outgrow

I first shared with you the K-12: 10 Tips for Creating a Girl’s Bedrooms She Won’t Outgrow. While there are many tips in there that can also work with a boy’s room, things like “add sparkle” and “ruffles” don’t always work out as well. In this roundup, I put together the tips I’ve kept in mind when decorating my son’s bedroom. It might feel a little daunting to think: Will he still like this when he’s fifteen? Really though, it’s not hard at all to come up with decor that is both playful and mature. See how themes like sports and cars have been given a new twist, and learn which furniture styles and fabrics will stand the test of time.

  • Choosing a Color Palette 1 of 10
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    When you're first sitting down to decide where to start decorating, pick a color palette you confidently feel will grow with your child. The color palette sets the mood, so it might be darker tones that you want, or maybe you'll decide that lighter hues are the way to go. Choose colors that you know can pretty much go with anything, especially new linens.  

     

    Photo via Land of Nod.

  • Fill Space with Art 2 of 10
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    As you can see  here, the furniture in this room is pretty minimal: a basic headboard, a nightstand with distinct detail, and an overall basic bed. If you want to make the room really unique, don't race to get furniture that might not be in style after a few years. Have fun with art by filling blank spaces to give room character without having to break the bank.  


    Photo via Land of Nod.

  • Pick Matching Furniture 3 of 10
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    No matter what linens you choose throughout the years, pick furniture that will still bring the room together. This mid-century modern is something that will still be in style for years to come.  


    Photo via Land of Nod.

  • For Shared Spaces, Make Each Section Unique 4 of 10
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    The thing I really like about this room is how neatly tied together it looks with colors and matching furniture. The task that can come up later is defining each child's unique style in a shared space. Going for simple colors like gray and white allows for you to change it up by incorporating different colors in the future without clashing.


    Photo via Pottery Barn Kids.

  • Choose Child-Friendly Fabrics 5 of 10
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    When you're deciding what linens and furniture to use, go for easy-to-wash cotton fabrics, denims, and even canvas. These are sturdy fabrics that can handle messes throughout the years.  


    Photo via Pottery Barn Kids.

  • Work with Your Pop of Color 6 of 10
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    When you are incorporating a color like orange, play around with different shades of the color instead of going for something too bright and expected. In this case, they went with a burnt orange. You could also do a deep teal instead of green or blue, and a rust red instead of fire engine red. 

     

    Photo via Pottery Barn Kids.

  • Work with Your Theme 7 of 10
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    When your child chooses a theme, don't panic if you think it can't grow with him throughout the years. Here is a great example of how to take a new approach to a race car theme. Think minimal, and include pieces that evoke the theme but will still appeal to him when he's older. 


    Photo via Restoration Hardware.

  • Consider Convertible Furniture 8 of 10
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    Keep your eye out for furniture that can grow with your kids. A bed that can also convert into a day bed when they're older is a great option, or even something like this couch bed. Keep the same in mind for shelving units that you can move around to change up a space without having to buy new furniture. 


    Photo via Restoration Hardware.

  • Add an Industrial Touch 9 of 10
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    When decorating a space, instead of going for furniture with bright colors, pick furniture with a touch of industrial style. No need to go overboard, but industrial is a very classic look that can keep its style for years to come.  


    Photo via Restoration Hardware.

  • Brighten the Room with Neutrals 10 of 10
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    To brighten up the bedroom without going overboard with too many loud colors, try picking lighter neutrals. Any color can go with this palette, so you can mix things up as he gets older. A basic palette of neutral colors will help keep the space looking fresh and clean. 


    Photo via Restoration Hardware.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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