Big Boy Room Reveal

Colorful, eclectic Boy Bedroom

When we moved into this home two years ago, one of the first rooms I decorated was my son’s.  It’s where inspiration struck first, and I had so much fun creating custom framed engineer prints, pallet art, and industrial pendant lighting. I loved everything about it, and declared his room, “done.”

However, he has since graduated to a bigger bed…which required new bedding…and while I was at it, I decided his room was missing color, and elements that better reflect his personality.

My design style, if I had to describe it,  is an eclectic mix of colorful, vintage and updated traditional. Today I’m going to reveal his colorful / preppy / rustic /  vintage big boy room.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids

My son is a bookish, computery sort of dude, so when I asked him about what he’d like to see in his room that both reflect his personality and make him happy, he told me he has so many interests, he’d hate to narrow it to just one. ‘Atta boy!

So I went with our collective eclectic vision, on a budget.

I tend to try to invest in a few important, quality pieces as a foundation in my decor, and supplement with DIY or thrifted items, and that’s exactly what happened for this room.

Central to my vision is this rug that we found online and fell love with. Not only does it match the existing elements in his room, but it added to and brightened the color palette we envisioned.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids

Working with that foundation, I thrifted some vintage items I knew he’d love: a globe, croquet balls, and a book collection. I also picked up a fun pom tablecloth that worked perfect in his “toy box.” He may be a big kid, but he’s still sentimental about his stuffed animals. If you recognize the green thing and the pixelated thing…well, solidarity, my dear mom friends.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids
Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds

I just love monograms. I think that’s pretty obvious. When I found this vintage varsity letter online, I had to have it. My mom affixed it to this pillow I found on clearance.

Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds

I mentioned earlier that my son is a bookworm, which means he reads at least 30+ minutes each night before bed, and has more books than I knew a 9 year old could possess. Still, I’m glad he is such an avid reader,  and I want to support his love for books. I bought this vintage crate to stack a large slew of his books, right next to his bed where he reads at night. I thrifted this old chalkboard that he likes writing his witty thoughts on..Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds

I finally found a home for some gold foil map art I’d never gotten around to hanging, and I added a pristine linen print that had been my grandmother’s. This piece (perhaps a dish towel?)  had clearly been in storage for a very long time, and there was no ironing that seam out. When it was hung up, I decided it suited the casual vibe of the room.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds

Of course, we still have his custom framed engineer prints and the thrifted dresser we painted when we originally decorated his room. I’m happy to say these prints are holding up beautifully, and remain one of my favorite things in the whole house.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids
Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds

Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds

The biggest wall in his room was still blank, and I was wracking my brain trying to come up with something visually pleasing but inexpensive and practical.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds

I settled on the idea of using the crib springs we had in storage as a command center of sorts.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids

When I saw these pennant banners , I knew I had to have them. I love that when he’s lying in bed he will be looking at these words and soaking them in.

I spray painted some craft buckets we had on hand and I hung them using some unused curtain clipsBig Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds

He told me he’d really like a shelf in his room. Since I eventually plan to build a floating desk under this grid, I opted to upcycle some belts and a piece of wood to hang a small shelf right on his command center.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds
Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds

He couldn’t be more thrilled with his updated room. Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids

I love everything about this space now, except the pile of clothes and books that are usually strewn across the room. Mom reality, people! For now though, I look at this unusually clean perspective of my growing boy’s room, and smileBig Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids

What do you think of my son’s finished big boy room? Please let me know in the comments below!

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17 thoughts on “Big Boy Room Reveal

  1. riceandrepeat says:

    omg this room is absolutely amazing! every single detail is so well thought out! I’m sure he legit loves it. I was wondering what you use to edit your photos? Legit every single one of them is breathtaking!

  2. erinklema says:

    Such a cute bedroom! I love all the little details like the buckets to hold markers and pencils and the glass container full of toy cars. It’s a great use of space while leaving plenty of floor space for kids to play.

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