Photo Credit: JAC Interiors; Courtesy of Gina Risso/Jute; DKOR Interiors
You'd think it would be easy to decorate your boy's bedroom -- just go all-out with the Lightening McQueen (or Spider-Man, or Star Wars, or…) motif that he's soooo into right now. Except, next month he'll be on to something different. And you, Mama, would like to save your superhero skills for something other than constant redecorating. Here, 13 inspiring rooms that your boy will love and that you'll want to hang out in, too.
What better wall décor for the budding geography buff than a map of the world mural, like the one in this room from Benedict August? To get your own, check out the selection at Allposters.com -- our search turned up 216 different map murals (many of which can be hung with easy, paint-safe picture-hanging strips) just waiting to be applied to your little guy's bedroom wall.
Courtesy of Mike Sinclair
Go ahead -- let him draw on the walls! There's no reason not to when they're covered with cool, slate colored chalkboard paint or chalkboard wall decals.
From books to Lego pieces, your boy has lots of stuff. Tuck it all away -- neatly! -- in a room with floor-to-ceiling shelving and mod twin bed frames from ducduc that can accommodate either storage bins or a trundle.
Bring the 3-D wall art trend to your boy's room with these funky Braille Wall Flats from Inhabit. (If only we knew what they said!) The flats come in an off-white shade, but you can paint them in his favorite color and transform into a faux headboard or ceiling panel. Or both!
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Sure, you could paint individual Lego bricks to create a mural like this one, but you can get a similar look with the vinyl wall decals from In An Instant Art. They can even be customized with your kid's name. (As for that awesome Lego headboard? Get ready to spend some time with Duplo pieces and glue!)
If you've got an aspiring aviator on your hands, showcase his love of all things aero by framing pictures of vintage airplanes. (One easy option: Enlarge and color-copy images from books about plane travel.) And buy the biggest toy airplane model you can find to hang from the ceiling. This room's ready for take-off!
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Give your baby a head start on geography lessons with an oversized map of the world as nursery décor. Bonus: All that ocean blue is soothing!
He's not quite ready to watch Austin Powers with you, but that doesn't mean that his bedroom can't rock a groovy 1960s vibe. Create the wall mural by painting wavy stripes of at least five earthy tones. Go for a sleek black bed and funky Union Jack throw pillow to finish the look. Yeah, baby.
Courtesy of Gina Risso/Jute
We love the warm Adirondack feel of this boy's room. Wood paneling, antique wooden tennis racquets and a navy-striped duvet make it vintage-sporty.
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Got an odd-shaped room? Create a spot for your boy's growing library (and to cuddle up and read with him) by putting up a simple curtain rod or tension rod and hanging colorful curtains. Display books gallery style on shallow shelves so he can easily find his favorites, and add a beanbag chair so there's a spot to have a seat.
Courtesy of Philpotts Interiors/ Photo by David Franzen
How genius is this above-the-window, built-in storage? (Not to mention the easy-access rolling ladder.) It's best for an older boy's room, of course, but if you need storage solutions for your little guy's room (or if you're not up for major renovations) just install a shallow shelf above a closet or room door to gain an extra spot to stash stuff.
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What makes this room take shape? The repetition of squares! From the rug, which is made of up individual carpet tiles, to the bookshelves to the storage bins, we're loving the way geometry is at work in this room.
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Build the tree house he's always wanted indoors, with this amazing loft bed. If you can't swing a custom creation, get a similar look by wrapping sisal rope around the posts of any standard bunk bed (use a glue gun to keep the rope securely fastened on each end) and painting the bed, guardrail and ladder green.