Boys Bedroom Color Schemes

Blue may be a classic color for boys, but there is a wide range of shades you can choose for your young man's bedroom with these boys room ideas.
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Photo by: Eric

Eric

By: Gina Hannah

The typical boy's bedroom color may be blue, but that doesn't mean it's your only option. Neutral colors such as beige and grey—or even bright shades of red and orange—can be used to create a space your young man will love, and one he can grow into for years.

Unused Attic Space Becomes Boys' Bedroom

The Finished Room

Before

Architectural Bunk Beds

Integrated Cubby Steps

Pullout Trundle

Graphic, Preppy Patterns

Integrated Windows

Privacy Drapes

Dutch Door

Repurposed Toy Hardware

Entry Area

White Laminate Flooring

Midcentury-Modern Globe Pendants

Three Zones

Felt Activity Wall

Closet Reading Nook

Wooden Taxidermy

Concealed Closet Doors

Open Closet Doors

Double-Hang Rods

Window Seat

Canvas Window Shades

Dormers

Homework Nooks

Repurposed Play Table

Integrated Art Supply Storage

Combinations of strong and bright colors work well together in a boy's bedroom, as do bright or muted shades of beige and brown. Try kelly green with yellow accents for a sunny look. A warm latte shade painted on the walls gets a real pop from red furniture and framed artwork. For an older boy, grey walls look great with black furnishings and accents—and consider adding a couple of touches of red or bright blue to catch the eye. An energetic boy might like a combination of red and orange, anchored by strong unpainted wood furniture.

If blue is your boy's favorite color, you can choose from a wide variety of shades. Sky blue on the walls layered with bed linens, curtains and other accessories in a darker shade of blue will create a strong look he will like. You can add pop of color with pillows in bright green or orange.

Children grow quickly, and decals and wallpaper borders of trains and soccer balls can soon seem dated. You can weave your son's interests into the decor in ways that are more creative and easily changed, such as bedside lamps, wall hangings or models set on shelves or hung from the ceiling. Hanging artwork over a strong color or wide vertical stripe pattern adds depth and visual interest to the bedroom. Or paint a stripe pattern horizontally about three-quarters of the way up the wall, hitting just over where a headboard would rest. Murals are also popular, but make sure the design won't be something he'll outgrow too quickly.

Keep in mind the size of the room and the amount of natural light. If he'll be studying or putting together models in his bedroom, you'll want to make sure the room isn't too dark.

Even soft shades of white can work on the walls, if you choose accents in bright colors such as cobalt blue, lime green and orange. Look for strong patterns in bed linens, draperies and throw pillows.

Whatever colors you choose, a semi-gloss is a good idea because it is more durable and cleans more easily, which will be a plus over the years as your active boy grows.

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