Before Christmas my friend had a second baby boy. From early age boys tend to respond well to primary colours – blue, green, red but when designing a room for a boy don’t be afraid of bordeaux, orange, yellow, grey, brown and black. Here are my 5 favourite wallpapers which, I think, would be suitable from toddler age to teenagers. All wallpapers are easy to hang (and remove) and are washable and practical.
1. Cole & Son Woods
I love this wallpaper. It’s so timeless and flexible. It can go in any room but in boy’s bedroom in particular this is a perfect choice for any age. Because it’s so light it can go on a feature wall but don’t be afraid to cover all walls. In this example I chose zig zag Clarke&Clarke fabric for Roman blinds (which I think are more practical for boys). I picked up the lime green for a geometric rug and navy blue for accents such as table lamps, stools, pictures etc.
2. Clarke & Clarke Sofi
Stripes are a great choice for a boy’s room. I think this particular colour combination is ideal for small boys but teenagers too. It is hard to see but the thin middle stripe is metallic silver so it reflects light around the room. I wouldn’t be afraid to put it on all walls. If it’s a small room, I would hang it horizontally. If used on a feature wall I would choose light grey for the remaining walls (like the one on the fabric). I chose tangerine orange as an accent colour and I kept the fabric and the rug in neutral grey and black. Stripes are great when combined with geometric shapes but within the room there should be roundness introduced as well to balance it all, like a round mirror, pendant or a bookshelf.
3. Designer’s Guild Castellani
This wallpaper from Designer’s Guild is from their latest collection. It gradually goes from darkest to lightest colour and white on top/ or bottom depending which way it is hung. I paired this aqua colour with dark/ish brown or chocolate. I picked a wavy rug shades of brown, teal and aqua. For fabric I chose acacia yellow which goes really well with the wallpaper and brown.
4. Harlequin Vista
This is a semi metallic wallpaper with dark navy blue, grey-blue, off-white and a hint of orange. I like how reflective it is, almost like 3d. Its patchwork design is very on trend but I think it’s a type of wallpaper design that will last for years and years. This colour combination would be stunning in any boy’s room. Perfect for feature walls or walls in unusual shape such as in the attic or loft conversion. I chose Designer’s Guild fabric for window treatment or cushions. For accent I went one tone down from the blue in fabric which would give me sky/ish blue. The yellow rug is simple but textured imitating cut through a tree trunk creating this circular motion.
5. Scion Loops
This brush painted loops would be great on the wall behind the bed. It’s masculine but fun. With it I chose this William Yeoward multicoloured patchwork fabric. I like how some of the blocks are in one colour and others are striped. It has a coastal feel to it. I can see a nice toy sail boat on the shelf somewhere in the room. For floor I picked this monochrome rug from Ikea and for accents I chose the bordeaux colour from the fabric. Perhaps a desk chair or a piece of art would be nice in this colour. The rest of the room I would keep neutral – in soft browns with naturally aged wooden furniture for rustic look.
Well, here we are. 5 stunning wallpapers, 5 colour schemes for boys. Have you got a boy’s room in a need of a makeover? Would you consider wallpaper for your son’s room? Let me know.