A bold, colorful pre-teen boys bedroom makeover with red and blue accents.
Being a “boy-mom” is one of life’s greatest adventures! But if, like me, you didn’t grow up with brothers, being a boy-mom has its own set of crazy, unexpected surprises and challenges. A few months ago, my dear husband casually asked me if I had noticed the hundreds of black marks and fingerprints on Blake’s bedroom ceiling and walls.
Wait, what?! We have 9 foot walls!
But sure enough, every place that could be reached was covered in little fingerprints. To get to the ceiling, he also used his headboard as a platform to literally dive into the bed. We spent hours trying to clean them off, but they weren’t budging.
Time for new paint and a plan. (Sources included at the Bottom of this post.)
When I’m remaking any room, I usually start with a color palette that might be used elsewhere else too. In a boy’s bedroom, so there is more room for additional pops of bright or primary colors. It’s all about balance here, and you don’t want to go overboard. If using bright accent colors, stick with 1-2 colors and spread them around the room to create little pockets of joy that draw the eye around the room.
For Blake’s room, I wanted a design that is easy to incorporate, colorful, and hopefully would grow with him into his teen years, but also something that I could easily change if his tastes went into a totally different direction.
For the color palette, I chose Behrin Tidal, Morocco Red, and Planetary Silver. To get the best adhesion possible, we washed the walls with teaspoon (tri-sodium phosphate) before painting.
Bye dirty fingerprints!
I love the storage of a captain’s bed but one of the challenges with its size is that nightstands don’t work well. I’ve been looking for a solution for a long time when I finally thought to put IKEA Kallax bookshelves on either side to hold what he needed like books, a clock, and a reading lamp. They also make the bed feel more cozy.
While I am really hoping he learned his lesson about smearing dirt on the walls, I live in boy-mom reality. I know that jumping on the bed or putting fingerprints on the wall is just too tempting when Mom isn’t looking. And to be really honest, dark colors have a tendency to show marks even more. So we made sure the paint and furniture were scrubbable and easy to clean.
I am hoping the baseball bats deter him from climbing on the headboard again. I’ve gotten comments that from those that fear the bats falling off the wall, but they are lag screwed into the stud. He could hang off of them and they won’t budge (shhh, don’t tell him that though!).
As you can see, even though we used two competing bright colors, we balanced them by simplifying the space with small accents around the room. For example, I wanted to add a bit more red in the color mix without competing against the Tidal Blue, so I repainted the stripe with Morocco Red on the opposite wall as an accent. The white and light gray of Planetary Silver helps to unify the room overall.
I used the leftover paint and simple patterns like plaid or stripes so that my son could create his own art for his room! We had so much fun doing a few different designs and then picked our favorites for the room.
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My sweet, energetic boy is loving his room. We are gearing up for his flag football playoff game this weekend, but I have a feeling he’s contemplating next season’s sport in here or what his big summer adventure will be. I wish I could borrow some of that energy!
Little by little, and with a few simple projects, we will get there, but I’m finding more time and joy lately in his room. Giant forts and flashlight story telling are the best! After all, they grow so fast, don’t they?
Bedroom Decor Sources
Click the links below to find our sources for this makeover.
- Paint Colors: Behr Planetary Silver (gray), Tidal (blue, and Morrocan Red
- Storage Bed (Similar to one from our makeover)
- Step Stool
- Bookcases on either side of bed
- Storage Boxes in Bookcases
- Gray Storage Boxes inside Bookcases
- Plaid Bedspread
- Navy Comforter and Pillow Shams
- Long Baseball bats (we hung ours with lag screws), but there are also realistic plastic versions.
- Light Blocking Striped Curtains
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Edith Victor says
Love the room what it turned out I have a dream to do some decor like this in my kiddys room, now its time to fill up the dream, Thanks for sharing recommendations
Hi! Where did you get the bed frame from?
We bought the bedframe used off of craigslist. You can see our makeover of that here. If you like that style of bed, there are a few options like the Cleary Storage Captain’s bed, the affordable summertime twin, or a Solid Pine One like this.
Love theses colors! How did you do the striped arrow if you don’t mind me asking? I love that idea
Thank you! I actually did a post on how I created the arrow stripe with painter’s tape here. It’s an older post and the arrow was originally orange, but it’s got good information in it.
I love the colors and it looks so clean and bright!
I was *just* looking at color swatches from Behr at Home Depot a few days ago (also for my son’s room!!!) and pondering about which shade of blue to choose! I love the color scheme you used here!!
Thank you! It’s a great color scheme for a boy. Fun but not too loud, and he loves it.
I am doing my sons room in a puppy dog theme! Where did you find that pillowcase?!? Adorable!
Hi Carrie! I purchased the pillow at Target. It’s called the Frenchie Body Pillow Gray. It may be at your local store. However, I tried scouring the internet for it and cannot seem to find it now. What a cute theme idea!