Designing a room for a growing kiddo can be challenging. Sometimes it feels like kids’ interests change every day, so how do you choose a theme and design they’ll love for years to come?? Whether your toddler is ready to graduate to a big-boy room or you just want to refresh the design of your child’s space, we have a fun round-up of kids room for boys ideas. And spoiler: there are no sports themes in sight. (No shade to kids and parents who like sports—we just wanted to think a little more outside the box!)

There are so many other fun directions you can take room designs for boys—and girls for that matter! The best part of this round-up of kids room ideas is that they’re designs any child might love, depending on their interests. And many of these designs can grow up with your child as they age and mature, with just a few small changes. Ready to dive in? Let’s go.

 kids room for boysStarry Night

For a subtle, whimsical look, go for a “starry night” design in your child’s room. The subtle celestial theme is brought to life with stars and cloud motifs in the decor and bedding. But it’s done in a way that doesn’t make this room feel overly themed. To achieve this, pick a simple color palette and be intentional with patterns and wall decor.

Overall, this room is practical and not cluttered. Putting the furniture around the perimeter of the room creates an open space for play—perfect for instilling some play/sleep balance in your child’s life! (It’s never too early to work on balance, right?)

This room is perfect for…

A school-aged dreamer in the 5-8-year-old range who needs some room to build stuff on the floor, spread out, and just have fun playing.

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All Around The World

Have a future world-traveler on your hands? Decorate their room with a global theme! To achieve this look, keep furniture simple and minimal, then add color and texture in fabrics, rugs, and lighting. And don’t forget to choose art that is both fun and informative!

We went with modern furnishings that could grow up with them. The bed is a bit bigger, which means you won’t have to upgrade as they get older. And the desk is great for school-aged kids—whether they’re studious or you’re trying to help them become more interested in school!

The map adds a fun, global element that’s both educational and decorative. And the geometric rug adds a pop of color that ties in with the colors of the wall, the pillows, and map. But one of our favorite decorative elements is the illuminated globe lamp. (If you’ve ever watched While You Were Sleeping, you’ll know why we love it so much!) Overall, this global-themed kids bedroom idea is minimal and modern in style, with decorative elements that can inspire your child and spark a love for learning and travel!

This room is perfect for…

A kid who loves learning and traveling. And we love that it can easily transform into an older kid’s space with a few small changes in decor!

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Classically Coastal

If you live in a coastal area—or if your child just loves spending time at the beach—go for a classically coastal look in their room. This boys room idea is very “Hamptons” with its nautical, coastal vibe and just offers a classic, timeless look that your kids won’t grow out of. Lean on foundational design elements to achieve this look—like shiplap walls, classic wood floors, a simple layout, and traditional color palette.

The blue and white color palette helps establish the nautical feeling, as do natural materials like jute and wood in the furniture and decor. The addition of classic design elements, like a spindle bed and a wooden chest of drawers with subtle nautical elements help drive home the coastal feeling. And don’t forget some sort of nautical art for the walls!

This shared bedroom idea is perfect for brothers. Each kid has their own space and can add unique elements to their side of the room. But the symmetrical layout keeps the look classic and shipshape. Since both kids are sharing the same nightstand, we opted for sconces rather than table lamps to provide reading light without cluttering up the nightstand.

This room is perfect for…

The all-American kid who loves the outdoors, lakes, adventure, and boats! We also love that this look can be very fluid among age groups and look just as appropriate for a teenager as for an elementary-aged kid with a few small updates.

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Adventure Awaits In The Great Outdoors

Have a kid who loves all things outdoor adventure? Then this is the room for them. The “Adventure Awaits” look is all about celebrating rustic, outdoor activities like camping, canoeing, and hiking. You can achieve this look by opting for rugged furniture and outdoorsy decor.

Materials and colors play into this style in a big way. The rugged wood furniture is bulky and rustic, and the use of greens drives home the outdoorsy feel—like the mossy green velvet pillow or the dark, forest green of the accent wall.

The art and other wall decor is playful and young and plays up the outdoor theme. (That moose head!) Meanwhile, the rug adds contrast with the black and white arrows. It also creates a perfect play area! We love that there’s so much storage in this room for it being such a small space. These are great furniture choices and a good layout for a small kids bedroom.

This room is perfect for…

An adventurous child who loves being outside. We recommend this room for kids 6 years old or older, who can handle the higher bed and the dresser height and enjoy the bean bag chair!

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Where The Dinosaurs Play!

Imagination and fun are set free in this dinosaur-themed room! We love how casual and playful this boys bedroom idea is. To achieve this look, start with a color palette of blues and greens, then find art and accessories that fit in with the theme.

For the foundational furniture, we went with modern, Scandinavian pieces with playful touches to give a clean and simple base to the space. The dinosaur theme is certainly present in this bedroom, but it’s still tasteful — it doesn’t feel cartoonish or over-the-top.

This is a smaller bedroom, but we wanted to keep the floor space open to leave plenty of space for imagination and play! The soft rug and pouf add a place to sit on the floor, while the basket and mounted bookshelf keeps favorite books and toys nearby. It’s an ideal layout for reading, lounging, playing games, or even spreading out to do homework!

This room is perfect for…

Younger school-aged kids, in the 4-8-year-old range, who love dinosaurs and the outdoors!

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A Modern Safari

This animal theme kids room for boys is youthful and fun. While it’s great for young kids who love animals, it’s also a great “neutral” theme—any kid can enjoy a few animal elements and some bright colors! (How cute are those watercolor animal prints??) To achieve this look, keep the furniture and layout simple, then add a few playful decorative elements.

We went with neutral colors in the walls, furniture, and bedding so that we could add fun, playful pops of color throughout the space. The tiger storage bin adds a big pop of color (and fun!), but the pillows, blanket, artwork, and even the table lamp all help establish this youthful color palette.

The furniture is stylish in design, with modern and transitional influences. A pouf is a fun addition to a kids bedroom, serving as a place to sit while reading or just to climb on and tumble over! And the jute rug adds padding to the floor for that tumbling and adds some texture to the space.

This room is perfect for…

Kids who are crazy about animals and for kids who share a room or love having sleepovers!

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Space To Discover

This is a more obvious space theme than the “Starry Night” theme earlier in this post—but we love that it’s still tasteful and has a more mature vibe. To achieve this look, use modern and streamlined furniture, position the bed so that it functions as a hangout space—like daybed or loft bed. It makes for the ultimate hangout room for a growing kid!

Setting up the bed like a sofa is a good arrangement for lounging, reading, or hanging with friends. The desk and bookcase are modern and perfect for studying, playing video games, and working on art projects. And the color palette is vivid and more mature, with neon green, dark blue, and sleek white furniture. To drive home the space theme, we created a small gallery wall with a variety of lunar art prints. Overall, this room feels modern and “cool” for the kid who’s getting too old for a baby room.

This room is perfect for…

A preteen who needs more space for themselves and who likes hosting friend hang-outs.

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Up, Up & Away!

If your home requires your kids to share a room, a bunk bed is a perfect fix. It saves space and has the added bonus of being fun—what kid doesn’t love a bunk bed?? It’s like summer camp all year round. But we love that this bunk bed doesn’t feel too childish—and it also converts into two twin beds, making it extra versatile! To achieve this look, opt for simple, transitional furniture, and customize the room’s theme by wallpapering an accent wall! (We went with an outer space pattern, but letting your child choose the wallpaper pattern they love the most will make them feel extra-special!)

The great thing about this room is that it’s not overly themed—so you don’t have to feel the need to update the design every time your child has a new interest or hobby. We went with a dual rustic and modern vibe with the combination of natural wood furniture in modern forms. The black and white color palette is versatile and is warmed up with accents of honey-toned wood, leather, and pops of oranges and yellows. The buffalo check pattern in the curtains also adds warmth and style. (And since they’re blackout curtains, they’ll hopefully help your kids sleep a little more soundly!)

Since bunk beds don’t easily allow for nightstands, we added mounted reading lamps—a great add to encourage kids to unwind before bed (and one of our favorite small space hacks). And we love that the toy chest can double as a window seat.

This room is perfect for…

A shared room for siblings who like to play together. (Just make sure they’re old enough to safely sleep in bunk beds. We recommend them for ages 6 and older!)

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