Boys Room Design Inspiration + Before Photos

I’m going to be completely honest and say that I really don’t find much joy in dressing or decorating for boys/men. The pickings are usually slim and lack a ton of the WOW factor that comes with girls/women items. I’ve been putting my son’s room off long enough, I mean I even started taping and prepping his room for painting in OCTOBER and stopped to start and fully complete my daughter’s room. I know. Bad mommy

Now that my daughter’s room is 90% done, I’m moving on to my son’s room and he can’t be more excited. I plan to have it completed before school starts which is in just over a month. We’ve had the paint since OCTOBER, I even have his bedding and a few decor items so my timeline isn’t too ridiculous considering.

Here are the paint colors we chose…I am thinking about changing the blue to a deeper navy. We’ll see.

Colors are Behr Dolphin Fin and Star Spangled

Since he is likely not to get his room changed again for a few years, at 9 I think he should have some input so I’ve run some things by him and we are on target to do an “Industrial Prep” look for his room complete with a DIY built in over his bed and shelving to hold his awards and books.

Here a few of the inspiration photos him and I have agreed on that will be recreated somehow in the space.

A. {Source} I love chalkboard walls. Thinking about putting behind his door and adding hooks for his hats and bookbag.

B. {Source} Definitely have my eye on a locker night stand. This color scheme is delightful.


Kind of excited to DIY something similar. Not sure where it will go yet but I like the look, and its functional for displaying his awards and trophies.



Not sure yet if I will do something like this or frame all of his first sports jerseys. Leaning toward the latter but I love the look of this so it may end up getting recreated somewhere else in the house.

NOW: Here is what I am currently working with.


I have grand plans for this little niche. I thought about planking it but will likely frame out the chalkboard like the above inspiration photo on a smaller scale and add some hooks at the bottom to hang things.


Not sure what the kid who lived in this room prior to us moving in was doing but there are so many dents and holes in the wall. I’ve managed to spackle and sand all of them. I have to do another skim coat over a few because they aren’t as smooth as I would like.

There used to be a TV hanging from the ceiling and the long line in the crease of the wall had a thing over it that covered the wires and when we removed it, it took off some of the dry wall. That probably won’t be the smoothest but I’ve gotten it real close. I plan on putting a chair and reading lamp there to disguise it.


Been looking on Craigslist for a long dresser to go here. I think this wall would be perfect. His framed jerseys will likely go above here.


My baby will finally get a new Queen mattress. He’s been rocking with this twin since he was 3. It is time!

Work starts Saturday morning. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks!

Do you have any home projects going or planning on starting any soon?


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    1. I didn’t know you had a son!!! I’m nearing a year as well. Think I am going to take the paint to Home Depot to have them shake it up again

  1. I love these ideas! I’ll be following along! We just decorated my sons’ room earlier this year with a Avengers theme. he LOOOOVES it! But a few tweaks here and there can never hurt.

  2. I like your ideas, and I can’t wait to see the final product. And I love the blue! I am currently decorating my entire house, so I like to see what others are doing. I’ll be checking back to see your progress!

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