Chandler, 3, has his bedroom decorated in an
airplane theme in the Chandler home on Wednesday,
Feb. 12, 2014 in O'Fallon, Mo.
it comes to decorating kids’ bedrooms, boys’ spaces
can get short shrift. Unlike the volumes and catalogs of
styles for girls, only a few predictable themes seem to
come up frequently when creating a bedroom for boys.
Sage Larsen, an artist who has painted at least a
hundred children’s murals, says the key to creating an
aesthetic for a boy’s room is to consider the sort of
interests a childhood will encompass over the years.
could this really look like if we took off limits?"
she said. "If you are more broad, you can come up
with something that can grow with them, and it can
stimulate and inspire imagination."
Chandler of O’Fallon, Mo., has decorated three boys’
rooms for her sons, Dylan, 13; Zach, 9; and Bode, 4.
learned some lessons from each age and offered these
Keep it simple: The older a boy gets, the less he cares
about filling every inch of the room. The longer he is
in sports and activities, the more awards, trophies and
memorabilia he will collect, which will, by default,
Encourage creativity: For some children, not everything
important to them fits into a tidy theme. Chandler’s
middle son wanted to have not only a theme, but also a
way to express other interests such as displaying
Minecraft posters, class photos and old license plates.
"As parents, sometimes it’s hard to let go and
allow our children to express their creative side
because it doesn’t ‘go’ or match," she said.
"However, it’s his room, and he is the one living
in it, after all."
Pick a theme that will grow with your child: For their
youngest son, Chandler said they finally learned they
should choose a theme that would last beyond his toddler
years. They chose a timeless option, vintage airplanes,
that doesn’t scream "baby."
are some ideas for boys’ bedrooms that are classic and
said they already had a nice furniture set for this
bedroom and wanted artwork on the wall that would last
beyond his preschool years. She enlisted Larsen’s help
for painting the large mural.
choosing a vintage plane, she worked that theme into the
plaid bed linens and small antique planes that decorate
the dressers. She also found miniature luggage for
Malik Rahman, of South Bend, Ind., also has three young
boys. She found a watercolor image of a world map that
inspired her drawing on their wall. She picked a few
paint colors from Sherwin-Williams, along with using
leftover paint from the previous owners.
she planned to project the map on the wall and trace it,
but she couldn’t find a projector, so she started
drawing it freehand.
wanted to get some of the contours of continents right.
I’m sure some things are missing," she said. Her
sons Raafe, 8, and Romaan, 5, requested a plane, so she
added that on another wall along with some clouds,
creating a theme of world travel.
youngest son, Eren, 2, moved into a room painted navy
blue by the previous owners of the house. She decided to
use the color to her advantage and began laying painters
tape over the blue in various geometric patterns and
image of a sailboat popped out, and she decided to make
it a nautical theme. She added medium and light blue,
and used red as accent colors. She decided to add a
lighthouse in a similar technique on the opposite wall.
Bertrand, editor of the Home & Away section, has two
sons who play hockey — all the time. She and her
husband decided to create a hockey goal in the room the
boys share. They mounted one permanently on the wall.
The boys had an open wall about 5 feet wide, and they
used Velcro to attach large rubber play mats to the
wall. The mats help absorb the sound and keep the wall
free from damage. They took an old plastic outdoor goal
and cut it to fit the size of the wall. They screwed the
goal into the wall in few places and rethreaded the net.
they mounted a remote-controlled hockey light above the
goal. They added photo cut-outs of the boys playing
hockey above the bunk beds and displayed three 24-inch,
framed autographed photos of Blues players. They used
hooks to hang the boys’ first sticks above the bay
window. They also painted the fan blades dark blue to
match the paint on the walls below the chair rail.
Chandler’s oldest son, they wanted to do something a
little more along the lines of preteen interests. He
loves sports and nature, and his room reflects his
interests in rock climbing and snowboarding. By this
age, a child will want to have more input into the style
and accessories chosen to decorate their space. Be sure
to consider your son’s individuality.
was hired by a family who owns a demolition company and
says she felt the pressure to make an accurate rendering
of a "wrecking" scene. She did a lot of
research and visited many of their demolition sites. The
playroom included the "shop" where she painted
a tool chest with the drawer open for aesthetic
was told no ‘good’ shop would allow a drawer to
remain open, it just wasn’t safe," she said.
can always tell which local team is excelling because
there’s a higher demand for immortalizing the sport on
the walls, Larsen said. She created this baseball mural
for a Cardinals fan that shows the "arches"
around the top of old Busch Stadium.
middle son really likes sports and already had a lot of
red, blue and white linens and accessories. They decided
to build the look of the room around those colors and
continued with the idea of all-American sports teams.
boys with a more artistic or creative streak, Larsen
suggests considering a movie- or music-themed room. In
this mural, everyone in the family chose a movie to be
depicted, but it can be personalized by a child’s
favorite films. You can incorporate framed movie posters
or album covers.
said she thought the details of the interior of this
"firehouse" were most interesting, but the
5-year-old she was painting the room for was fascinated
watching her paint the faux brick exterior. Any
firefighter or firehouse theme lends itself to costumes
that can be purchased new or used online.