Trucks, trains, cars, dinosaurs, sports, superheroes and Star Wars: that’s what little boys are made of. Well, at least my little boy is. Oh, and he’s made of LEGOs, stuffed animals, and Ninja Turtles, too. My little dude has loads of different interests, so when I decorated his bedroom in our new house, I didn’t want to fill it with characters that he will quickly outgrow. Instead, we created a meaningful and eclectic boy’s bedroom that represents all of the things he loves right now, but with pieces that will hopefully last him a long time.
When we first toured our house, my son’s bedroom looked bright, but crowded. The room is simply too small for a full-size bed, two nightstands, and a desk. However, it does get great natural light for most of the day.
This is how is room stands right now. Well, I’m not going to show you the messy train table and pile of clothes that I shoved out of the way for these photos! I prefer to call this a “then and now” post rather than a “before and after” since our house is ever-evolving and I know my 5.5 year-old’s tastes will change. The window in the photo below is the same as the one above the bed in the photo above.
The wall color is Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue, which is a rich navy. I used it in the half-bath at our old house, and it’s a great color for making a small room look both larger and cozier at the same time. Quite a feat for paint!
There are several special touches in this room that give it character (without too many characters!):
- The bed and nightstand belonged to my grandmother, and she gave them to me as soon as I transitioned out of a crib. When it was my son’s turn for a big-kid bed my parents passed them down to him.
- My mom made the chevron striped valances and the little John Deere pillow on his bed.
- The bookcase was mine in college, but I painted it and lined it with fun wrapping paper for his nursery (see detail on my home tour page).
- He picked out the lamp on his own (and is obsessed with the whistle).
My grandmother’s old bureau got an update with brushed nickel hardware, a tray for holding my boy’s random treasures (like LEGO pieces and socks without mates), and a Target mirror that came from my old apartment. To dress up and protect the bureau’s top, I folded an old table runner from Target in half.
Even though there are still a few things I would like to do to “finish” the room – like paint an orange stripe all the way around – I love this eclectic boy’s bedroom. It’s truly a mix-and-match space, just like my son has a mix-and-match set of interests. The classic furniture and contemporary rug will last him long after he’s outgrown trucks and superheroes.
More importantly, this room is a special spot for snuggling with my favorite kindergartener, and I hope you enjoyed this little “then and now” post. Each week I hope to add another room to our house tour. In the meantime, please check out our previous house’s tour here!
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