Ka-Pow! This Superhero-Themed Room Will Knock Your Socks Off

Even protectors of the planet need sound spots to rest.

The comic book industry is celebrating its annual Free Comic Book Day on Saturday with the goal of introducing the universes of superheroes and villains (and hundreds of other characters) to new audiences. But for one small future crime fighter, favorite comic book storylines have already come to life.

Multicolored Contemporary Boy's Bedroom With Mural

Multicolored Contemporary Boy's Bedroom With Mural

Super-hero style gets graphic and way cool in this boy's bedroom that mixes crisp, comic book-style drawings with bright, bold colors.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

John Woodcock Photography

Scottsdale, Ariz., superhero superfan Riley had found a nemesis in his bland bedroom and its hand-me-down furniture. Riley disliked his room so much, he opted to sleep in his family's guest room instead.

Riley's parents phoned in Jennifer O'Dowd and Joanna Gick of J&J Design Group to rescue his room. Their mission? Transform the tired bedroom along with a bathroom and playroom into colorful, engaging spaces appropriate for an aspiring protector of the planet.

Boy's Bedroom With Super Hero Pillows

Boy's Bedroom With Super Hero Pillows

In this fun kid's room, Captain America and his super hero friends make a colorful explosion (Pow! Bam!) against the comic book-esque mural.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

John Woodcock Photography

The team was up to the challenge, packing the design with details that honor the beloved characters as well as two other loves of Riley's, New York City and drawing. A set of Justice League bedsheets provided the inspiration for the color palette and accessories.

Central to the plot of the design is the eye-catching NYC streetscape mural on the wall behind Riley's bed. The mural looks as if it's jumped off the page of a comic book and promises to remain hip as Riley ages.

Contemporary Boy's Bedroom and Nightstand

Contemporary Boy's Bedroom and Nightstand

A black-and-white backdrop—here, a mural with graphic comic book illustrations—becomes a neutral canvas on which to layer bright colors and prints.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

John Woodcock Photography

"Jo found that fun mural when she was looking for another client," Jennifer says. "When I told her I was working on a superhero-themed room, she showed it to me and it was the perfect fit!"

Superhero characters make guest appearances throughout. There's a Batman alarm clock and Captain America shield throw pillow in the bedroom and superhero artwork in each of the three spaces.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

John Woodcock Photography

The blue-and-green color scheme is carried into the bathroom and new play space. The playroom includes a desk where Riley can work on his own creations and fun, vintage marquee lights from Etsy.com vendor SawandSteel.

Blue Contemporary Boy's Bedroom With Sectional

Blue Contemporary Boy's Bedroom With Sectional

Easy storage plus comfy seating make the young owner of this chic bedroom a very happy boy. Dark blue walls are a compelling neutral for the spirited prints and word play.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

John Woodcock Photography

We can all rest easier now knowing our hero has the perfect spot to play, draw and rest his head. Thanks for a job well done, J&J. And Riley, see you at the comic book store on Saturday?

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Superhero-Themed Boy's Room

Superhero style looks especially cool in this contemporary boy's room. Here, the designers mixed crisp, comic book-inspired wallpaper with bright colors to fuel the little one's big imagination.

Nightstand With Batman Accent

On the nightstand, a Batman figurine-turned-alarm clock makes for a fun accent. When paired with a sunny yellow lamp, the vignette feels especially Gotham-centric. 

Detailed Views

A closer look reveals Batman and his newest sidekick, Lady Liberty, keeping the world safe from too many boring color schemes.

Hero-Inspired Pillows

Captain America and his superhero friends make a colorful explosion (Pow! Bam!) via the bed's throw pillows. A gray duvet keeps the bright hues in check.

Photo By: John Woodcock Photography

Gray Armchair With Graphic Pillow

Opposite the bed, an upholstered chair and ottoman gives the little one his own reading corner. A graphic gallery wall and pillow further the heroic aesthetic. 

Photo By: John Woodcock Photography

Contemporary Sectional and Storage

Easy storage plus comfy seating make the young owner of this chic room very happy. Dark blue walls are a compelling neutral for the spirited prints and word play.

Homework and Art Corner

Unfinished wood panels give texture and visual interest to this nook equipped with a built-in desk and stools. A wire hung between the walls is an easy (and flexible!) place to pin up drying artwork or graded papers.

Photo By: John Woodcock Photography

Blue and Green Bathroom

A lime-green coat of paint both enlivens this bathroom and packs a punch that Hulk himself would be proud of. A framed Superman print continues the theme of the nearby bedroom.

Geometric Mirror and Backsplash

Beneath the hub-style mirror, a mosaic backsplash adds color and interest to the neutral counters. Metallic accents give the space a subtle, shimmering finish.

Photo By: John Woodcock Photography

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