45 Ways to Add Character and Personality to a Boy’s Bedroom

After standing on the edge of the dock staring into the water for the last several months we are FINALLY  jumping into finishing off our boys’ shared bedroom and I have been collecting a ton of fabulous ideas for ways to make a boy’s bedroom creative and unique.  If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed all the pins lately that I have been adding to my board “Boy’s Bedrooms”…. Here are some of my favourites- and some great ways to add character and personality to your little man’s special space.

 45 Ways to Add Character to a Boy's Bedroom

Add Paneling

Because every room looks better with paneling…

de1ab13f8f4c29fabab5d146f918fd5aVia the Lilypad Cottage


Via Pottery Barn Kids


Via Pinterest (if you know the original source please let me know)


Via Apartment Therapy


Via The Yellow Cape Cod


Via Pottery Barn Kids


Decorate With Maps

As “wallpaper”…


Via Pinterest (let me know if you know the original source)


Via Completely Coastal


Via The Inspired Room

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Via Concord Green

As a mural….


Via Thistlewood Farms


Via Burlap and Denim

As “Art”

little boy bedroom

Via Simply Living


Via Simplicity in the South


Via Décor Pad

Or as part of the accessories….


Via Apartment Therapy

Or this map clock…


Via Simplicity in the South

DIY a Grain Sack Inspired Striped Dresser


Via Finding Silver Pennies


Via Finding Silver Pennies


Via Just a Girl and Her Blog

Or the nightstand I made from some DIY Chalk Paint…

DIY Chalk Paint from Craft Paint grainsack nightstand at thehappyhousie


Add Even More Stripes To the Walls


Via Remodelaholic


Via Pinterest (let me know if you know the original source)


Via The Yellow Cape Cod


Via Blessed Beyond Measure


Incorporate Some Flag Decor

On a dresser…

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Via Miss Mustard Seed



or a rug…



Through Art…



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Via Ruffles and Ric Rac

Or DIY a pallet sign like the one that I made for them last summer…

canada flag pallet sign tutorial 1 at thehappyhousie


 Find or Make Some Interesting (and personalized) Accessories and Storage Solutions…


Via Tatertot and Jello


Via The Story of Home


Via Pinterest (let me know if you know the original source)

Monograms or Letters….




Via Pottery Barn Kids

Unique eclectic artwork gallery wall…


Via Apartment Therapy

Great book display shelves….


Via I heart Organizing


Via Pottery Barn Kids


Via Married With a Pup

A cool growth chart…


Via Just a Girl and Her Blog


Via Pottery Barn Kids

And fabulous lighting….


Via Barn Light Electric


Via Pottery Barn Kids

Or the Knockoff lamp I made last summer for this (long unfinished) room….

DIY nautical lamp with sisal rope wrap at thehappyhousie


 So many fabulous ideas… I am seriously going to have to narrow it down – it is only about a 10×13 bedroom so I can’t fit everything (plus, it will require two beds and two dressers… so there goes most of the space right there.).  I really can’t wait to get it all finished now- I am going to remember my ‘word of the year’ and try to focus until it is all complete.  Wish me luck – I think I’ll need it…


Thanks for reading. And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!



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    • Krista Aasen says

      Hi Rachel! I have been collecting ideas for a long time now- am glad to be finally making some decisions about what to focus on:) I can’t wait to share the ‘plan’! Thanks for your visit!!

    • Krista Aasen says

      Thanks Alexis! Now I just have to focus and put together a real plan for our boys’ room – can’t wait to get going on it all:)

    • Krista Aasen says

      Thanks Katie! There are so many great ideas out there for boys’ rooms- it is hard to narrow down exactly what I want to do… but I think I have my ‘plan’ together now!

    • Krista Aasen says

      Hi Vel! You did an amazing job on your tween son’s room. I can’t wait to get my boys’ shared room put together!!

    • Krista Aasen says

      Ha Corey! It will be here before you know it – that is the sad part:) But at least we get to enjoy recreating a room for each stage (until they get their own strong opinions:).

  1. says

    What a great collection of boys’ rooms. We put an extra large map on my son’s bedroom wall and he loves it. We have pinned the places we have been and imagine where we will go next.

    • Krista Aasen says

      That is such a wonderful idea! I love the thought of using pins and just might have to do the same!! Thanks for sharing it:)

    • Krista Aasen says

      Thanks Christine!! There are some amazing boy’s rooms out there- I can’t wait to get working on our boys’ shared room!

    • Krista Aasen says

      Hi Katja! That flag art is really cool, isn’t it? I love the rustic funky look of it. I wish now I had been a little less literal with my flag pallet…. lots of ideas, now to narrow it down and focus in on what we are actually going to do in our boys’ room! Thanks so much for your visit:)

    • Krista Aasen says

      Lol- We have a basement in this house but I haven’t quite managed to ‘start’ much down there yet. It is fun to think of having a whole extra floor to use all your ideas on! Thanks for the visit Brandi- hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  2. says

    I love what you did in your boy’s bathroom (I have that madras plaid shower curtain pinned for when we do our boy bathroom). You have some awesome ideas pinned here. I know their bedroom is going to be great. Looking forward to following along.

    • Krista Aasen says

      Thanks Courtney! I am pretty excited to get this project all wrapped up – goodness knows I have been ‘planning’ it long enough! Have a great weekend:)

    • Krista Aasen says

      Great Ashley! I hope you find some inspiration on the board. I recently wrote about our boy’s bathroom as well -which happens to also be the main guest bathroom in the house- an unfortunate fact and I am sure you can imagine why:) Did you see that – it has a similar feel to what their bedroom will have. Here it is…. Thanks for your visit and comments!!

  3. says

    What a great collection Krista!! I’m going nautical with my Sons room too, his favourite thing in the world to do is fishing so that’s where I’m going. Thanks for the inspiration and looking forward to seeing what you do!!

    • Krista Aasen says

      Oh that will be so interesting- I would love to see a fishing related spin on the nautical theme – looking forward to what you do as well Heather!

    • Krista Aasen says

      I agree – aren’t the Union Jack dressers adorable? I really want to incorporate something Union Jack in their room – but not quite sure what yet! My boys have a playroom with the majority of their toys so it is easier to keep their bedroom clean- they just have books and some lego and their clothes in their room. Not as much to tidy up!! (it is like a whirlwind around here- some days I bet I bend over 100000 times to pick stuff up but at least it is exercise, right?!?).


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