A little boy room


I just finished up this kid space for one of my favorite clients and I wanted to share!  I get lots of questions about kid spaces and especially boys’ rooms.  Some people think boy rooms are hard but really with all of the great vintage and industrial inspiration going on, its always fun for me to do boy rooms!


This little boy is 7 years old.


He loves to read, Texas football and baseball, history and insects!


The walls are Martha Stewart Bedford Gray (from Home Depot) and the IKEA bunk beds are painted in one of my favorite colors, BM Chelsea Gray.


The nightstand is the Aiden from World Market, another fave of mine.  I love the books and toolbox my client found.  And the Pottery Barn kids lamp is the perfect touch.  We had discussed simple quilts from Target or Pottery Barn for the base bedding, but the mom ended up getting these at IKEA and they work great.  The sheets and plaid accents pillows are from Target.  In fact the plaid Target pillows really inspired the entire design of gray and orange.  The wooden letters are from Restoration Hardware kids. The shams in the tiny print are from West Elm. I love mixing bedding!

The vintage map add ads a bit bit more color to all of the gray.  I love orange and green and navy together for boys!


The light is one I have used before for little boys and its a great value and look..the fisherman pendant from PBkids. love it!


The rug is from Dash and Albert

The IKEA spice ledges were painted navy for a little color and the navy stripe rug also gave some blue to the orange and gray scheme.  The kid sheets are from Target.  Sheets are a good place to allow your kids to make a choice and choose something you might not want a quilt or duvet and they add some color!


I love this fox pillow, that THRESHOLD brand at Target is really knocking it out of the park!  The arrow pillow is from them too!


This room is small and there is a playroom nearby but we did a few faves in the decor like his dinosaurs to guard his prized football!

Bins hold paperback reader books and little things that boys collect.


The little pennants are from etsy and mom just strung them together. The gray tweed and plaid totes with leather handles are also THRESHOLD from Target.


This room is for just one boy but his mom says he enjoys playing and reading on the top bunk! Mom has the word art custom made on canvas using she and Dad’s own words, including a line about Texas Tech football! You can also see a peek of the drapes here.  They did not photograph well because of the sun but they are the chocolate grainsack stripe from Ballard.  Sold out for now but I hope they bring them back.  They are a great drape!


Thanks for looking! I can’t wait to show you the adjoining playroom and bathroom transformation!

For more kid room design ideas be sure and check out Sixth Street Design School blog this week.  Kirsten has a great lineup of topics planned and I am proud to be a contributor.Gooddesignwithkidsinmind_final


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  1. LOVE the orange and gray! How fun to do a little boy’s room; I have three girls so no rugged industrial stuff in THIS house!

  2. I love this room! I am so excited to once again be able to see your blog!! I’m not sure if maybe it has just been my computer, but I have not been able to see your blog on a number of occasions lately. Hoping it will work from now on as I enjoy reading it and drawing inspiration from you. 🙂

  3. Such a great boy’s room! Love all the textures and colours.

  4. Wonderful job Holly! You have such a way of bringing everything together……your styling is perfection!

  5. Perfection! It is beautiful yet still feels authentically boy.

  6. I love it! My seven year old son would love it too since he has the same interests. I’m slowly redoing his room in a similar style. I’m going to have to check out that nightstand from World Market. Thanks!

  7. That my friend is the “perfect” boy room!! I am in love! And the beauty is…it will grow with the boy.
    Hope your day is Extraordinary!!

  8. Oh my gosh. I absolutely LOVE it!! Nice work!! Pinned this for later reference!

  9. Of course, I love every detail of this little boy’s room! From the bedding to the nightstand and all the details in between, I really just love it all. I am pinning for future inspiration for when my guy needs an upgrade to a big boy room! I completely agree about the Threshold line at Target, they have some great things. Excited to check out 6th Street Design School this week!

  10. Love this room! Target jussssst opened here. I’m going on Wednesday. My husband is very afraid.

  11. LOVE Holly! I am starting to put things together for my boy’s “big boy room”, thank you for the inspiration!

  12. What an adorable room! We are likely going to need to combine our 4 year old boy and 2 year old girl in one room once we move, and I’d been thinking we’d use that Ikea bunkbed. Love how you mix bedding!

  13. Wonderful!

  14. Elizabeth says

    What a great space, Holly! I love it. It looks effortless but in such a great way if that makes sense? Can’t wait to see the playroom!

  15. Holly I love this room. You knocked it out of the park as usual.

  16. Holly – you make boys rooms look so easy!!! I think to myself, I have most of the things she is decorating with, why can’t I put it together like that, oh well! i do have a question- I have the Anthro animal heads that you used in your boys room. How did you hang them? I tried hanging the first one on a nail and it was heavy and the nail sliced through a little of the paper. I don’t want to damage it. What did you do? Thank you so much!!!

  17. Bunks are always such a great and efficient use of space. Fun to plan a boys room around. I like those pillows, especially the fox one!

  18. Holly, you did an amazing job!!! Total perfection!!!! You are so talented, my friend !! Xoxo

  19. Holly, did she paint the beds herself or have them painted? I’m just wondering how much of an investment (in time or money) I should consider.

    • Hi Tiffany! I painted the bed with a roller, brush and applied two coats of paint before assembling the bed. It’s much easier to paint the bed before it’s assembled.. I set up two saw horses and bought two 8 ft. long 2×4’s and put the boards across to paint. Lightly sand the boards (this helps the paint stick) and wipe the off with cheese cloth. I rolled and used a brush. I used one gallon of semi-gloss paint. There are a lot of boards so it took me two Saturday’s to complete the project. However, hubby said it was easy to put together. Hope this helps:)

  20. Holly, this room is AWESOME!!! I’ve been dreaming about my boys’ shared room and so many of these elements are what I have been contemplating. The mix and match bedding, industrial vibes, fun and funky pillows. I had asked my dad to build us bunk beds, but they are kind of low down on his “to do” list….I’m in love with those IKEA bunks painted. Wow…what a difference! Great job!

  21. Looks great Holly!! I love the light, of course. It continues to be a favorite around here. And the pops of orange from Target are GREAT! xx

  22. Where is the nightstand from…..o and of course I LOVE THE ROOM.

  23. Amy Brown says

    I scan pinterest all the time, this time looking for bunk beds, and this is the best boys room I’ve ever seen. You have a special gift! And thanks so much for letting us know where everything came from. I’m going to IKEA to get that bed, I’m painting it grey and then I’m going to look for some grey/orange/navy pillows and rugs. Thanks again for your fabulous eye.

  24. LOVE this look. Can you tell me where the bookshelf and the plaid bedding pieces came from?

  25. LOVE this room! I’m thinking of using the same Ikea bedspreads for my sons’ beds, do they work well on the twin beds? Is there a lot of extra fabric to tuck under?


  26. Hi There! I’m in the process of trying to decide what color to paint my boys bunk bed. I’m leaning more towards grey, especially seeing yours. Can you tell me what color you used? Thanks so much!

  27. I love this room!!! You did an amazing job! I am in the process of bunking two of my boys (5 an 2) and I’ve been considering this ikea bunk bed. Do you know how durable it is? Is your client happy with the bed? Thanks!

  28. Where are the bunkbeds from? Super Super Cute!!

    • This bunk bed is great. I just bought it this weekend for my son at Ikea ($159). We bought the $79 mattress for it also at Ikea. Now I’m wondering how much time she spent painting it because there are a lot of wood pieces. It has three large stickers on one piece of wood. I’m not sure how to get them off. I heard Shout will get off the sticky adhesive. My son was so excited about his new bed that I didn’t get to paint it first before putting it together. He wanted it put together as soon as we got home. It came together in about 2 hours (with two toddlers under foot).

      Bunk bed: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20102451/

  29. What color of grey did you use on the walls?

  30. Amanda Messervy says

    Super talented! Where is the grey circular pillow with the yellow piping from? Thank you for sharing the store details. I really appreciate it!

  31. Sarah Domis says

    Thank you so much for this inspiration! I am in the process of redoing my boys room (3 & 5), I love the pained bunk beds! I have a question… did you paint them before putting together or after? I can’t decide which would be easier. Thanks for your advice!

    All the best,

  32. Love this room and totally inspired to do my boys’ room! I have been going crazy trying to figure out a nice color to go with the navy, brown, and grey stuff I already have – THANK YOU! I so love orange in the mix! I really like how you put this room together and still managed to keep it functional, which I think is key for kiddos’ rooms. I love the framed insect art – Would you mind sharing where you got them or how you made them? Thanks!

  33. Wondering if you had to sand the wood before painting?

  34. Can you please tell me where the bunk beds are from? Room looks great!


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