Room to Grow – Graphic Spaces for Boys

How do you decorate a young boy’s room in a way that lets his personality shine through, but leaves room for growth as his interests change? Childish decor has a short shelf-life, but a sophisticated design will spare parents the chore and expense of  a major overhaul as their son’s tastes evolve. Bold stripes of orange and white or navy and white provide a versatile background that can be preppy, sporty, or nautical. The following spaces are handsome and appropriate for boys who are six or sixteen.  The types of toys may change, but the young men who live in these rooms will have great places to call home for years to come . . .

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Janet Brown Interiors designed this space for a ten-year-old boy in Reed’s Landing. The game table, basketball hoop and punching bag will keep a growing mind and body busy. The colors are both classic and current, and the stripes help camouflage an awkward corner. Note how the lines on the rug relate to the stripes on the wall.


“In the son’s room, bedding is Frette’s Hotel Collection. Rug from West Elm; fabric cubes, IKEA. Ceilings are Robin’s Egg by Philip’s Perfect Colors; wainscoting, Benjamin Moore Decorators White.” Interior design by Ken Fulk. Photo: Karyn R. Millet. “Such Style – and Kids, Too?” by Mimi Read. House Beautiful (July 2006).


“Twin bedroom in the attic. Tailored lighting and rugs grant this room a crisp, preppy air. Here, designer Scott Yetman created a space that was playful yet sophisticated. ‘Kids grow up fast, so keep their rooms fun, but not too childish,’ he suggests. Instead of bringing color through the bedding, he chose blue bed frames to contrast against the wall paneling.” Photo: Leona Mozes. “Kids Rooms: 28 Designs,” Canadian House and Home.


“Strong color reigns in Harry’s room, where twin orange headboards measure up to horizontal stripes.” Patterned pillows: River/Ocean by Lulu DK Matouk. Wall paint: Old Navy and Linen White, both by Benjamin Moore. Design: Melissa Warner, Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design and Decoration. Photo: Werner Straube. “Colorful and Stylish Family Home” written and produced by Sabine Rothman. Traditional Home.

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“In the boys’ rooms . . . a masculine aesthetic prevails, with graphic elements like thick, dark stripes on the rug in Henry’s room [pictured above] and crisp, geometric prints in Will’s [next photo]. ‘The kids are still young – 11 and 14,’ Howard says, ‘but I tried to give the spaces a more mature look. They’re going to grow into their rooms, and Susan’s not going to have to redo them when they turn 18.’ Mimicking the look of shiplap boards, the bed from Stanley Furniture embraces a nautical motif, which is enhanced by the vintage ship artwork and the thick stripes of the Merida rug.” Interior design by Andrew Howard. Photo: Lucas Allen. “Come As You Are” written by Brielle M. Ferreira and produced by Elizabeth Beeler. Traditional Home (May 2014).


“Both boys’ sleeping quarters were designed as near replicas of each other, complete with matching Urban Electric sconces, so there would be no cause for jealousy. The only real departures, however, are Will’s custom bed with Christopher Farr fabric and his Bungalow 5 nightstand.” Interior design by Andrew Howard. Photo: Lucas Allen. “Come As You Are” written by Brielle M. Ferreira and produced by Elizabeth Beeler. Traditional Home (May 2014).


Amanda Nisbet “designed a trundle bed for a boy’s room to maximize space. One wall was turned into a display area with Claridge Bulletin Board Cork. Shades in Ralph Lauren Home Lighthouse Stripe.” Interior design by Amanda Nisbet. Photo: Tara Donne. “A Harmony of Blues” interview by Barbara King. Produced by Doretta Sperduto. House Beautiful (March 2014).


“This narrow but efficient bunk room was designed to accommodate visitors – old or young – who gravitate to the nautical address for vacation fun and relaxation. Bold navy-and-white stripes, informal fabrics, and cotton rugs give the room an energetic feel.” “Beautiful Rooms in Blue and White” written and produced by Debra Stellen and Lucy Fitzgerald. Traditional Home.


“Artist Christopher Farnam hand-painted stripes up the nursery-wing walls of the Long Island residence of antiques dealers Charsi and Ian Harrington. The fresh blue-and-white scheme is a reference to the nearby Atlantic Ocean.” Photo: Fernando Bengoechea. “Wall Treatments – Say It With Stripes” by Mitchell Owens. Elle Decor.


Hand Painted Tole Lamp by Dana Gibson. Offered in Navy Stripe, Green Stripe, and Orange Stripe.


Thibaut’s wallcoverings and fabrics are perfect for any sports fan’s room! Super Bowl 2014 styling from Thibaut Design: Seahawks vs. Broncos. Photo via Thibaut Design’s Facebook page.

Let The Studio at Janet Brown Interiors help you create a space that will give your child room to grow.

The photos in this post featured items from Lulu DK Matouk, Dana Gibson, and Thibaut (wallpaper, fabric and furniture), three design companies whose products are available for sale at  Janet Brown Interiors. Come discover their colorful new offerings. No appointment necessary.

Post by Kathleen Sams Flippen for Janet Brown Interiors.



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