They grow up so fast! It probably seems like just last month you brought your little boy home from the hospital. Last week, he started crawling around. And just yesterday, he took his first steps. Now today, you’ve finally decided to move him from the nursery to his very own big boy room!
A big boy room is usually a much more permanent place than a nursery. Your little boy may live there through high school, maybe even college. What’s more, it’s not your nursery you remember; it’s the room you grew up in. Even if you change rooms in the house when another baby comes, or change houses entirely, the decor your boy brings with him is what will define the room as his. So, how do you choose a theme your little boy’s room that he’ll continue to love as he grows?
We all change as we grow up. Your little boy, just entering kindergarten, will probably develop new likes and new dislikes as the years go on. It’s impossible to plan for what his eventual taste will be—it’ll probably end up being things you’ve never heard of or don’t even exist yet.
Still, what you can do now is choose themes and decor that he will enjoy, cherish, and rediscover as he grows older. Sometimes a lighter touch, especially at the beginning, is more effective than a heavy-handed one. A little boy with a few special, on-theme decor items is more likely to keep them as he grows older than if he has so many decorations he doesn’t even have any wall space for posters of his favorite video games or sports team.
Better yet, these few special items can serve as the room’s compass, guiding your little boy’s future decor. As he grows up, if he has an on-theme art print, lamp, or blanket, he may look for other objects, like posters, figurines, and pillows, to fill out the theme.
Of course, to add to the theme, it’s essential he likes it in the first place. Before going all-out decorating a room for your son, ask him how he’d like to decorate it. Since you may get some interesting answers (I want a lion-dragon-dinosaur room!), it may be a good idea to provide a few choices to narrow things a bit, like: “Which would you rather—a dinosaur room? A zoo animal room? What about a camping room?”
Even if he does insist on something specific or creative—you can work with that. Speaking from experience here, I once designed a room for a little boy who wanted a “flying room.” His room became a space of aerial exploration. We painted it blue and grey, and hung art prints of animals taking balloon rides. Searching for flying-related decor items and knick-knacks became a hobby for the little boy and his mom to enjoy together as he grew.
If you’re not sure where to start with a room theme, pick out a few of ours you think your son might like and ask him about them:
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Once you and your little boy know what kind of room he’d like to have, the next step is to figure out how to transform his room-to-be. Repainting the walls is a great first step, as it changes the look of the room entirely. I recommend choosing two colors based on the theme you’ve chosen to highlight over a neutral, like grey. That serves as a perfect backdrop for colorful themed decor and leaves room for being creative. For example, if you’ve decided on a jungle animals room, you could paint dark green jungle leaves with brown tree trunks over a grey or white wall.
Once you have the wall colors picked and painted, it’s on to decor! While it’s easy to get carried away and cover every inch of the room, it’s important to leave some space for your son to fill up the room himself through the years. If he has his own decorating space, he’s more likely to build on the theme you’ve established, rather than trying to change it entirely.
During this step, vary your decorations. Pick out one or more pieces of wall art to serve as the theme’s centerpiece, then accessorize according to the needs of the room. For instance, if he wants to live on a houseboat, try a blue rug and a blanket decorated with sleeping otters. If he came out of the crib loving to dance and make music, try a lamp or a clock decorated with trumpeters. These interesting, unique pieces will reward your child’s attention as he grows.
Now that you’ve got your theme picked out and your first round of decor selected, the only thing left is to show your little boy! To reinforce the theme as he grows, consider bringing home new decor on birthdays and holidays like Christmas. With that in mind, the only thing left to think about is spending time with your little one in his new, unique space!
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