5 Great Boys Bedroom Ideas to Last Him From Ages 8 through 18

Lately I have been looking for boys bedroom ideas and have found that good boys bedrooms ideas are few and far between.  My little boy is now 8 and it's time to say goodbye to the ultra cool fire engine bed.  It has served him well since he turned 2, but now he's all grown up and needs a room that will last him until he's 18, when he leaves for college.  
Doing my research, I see a lot of boy rooms, that still scream "little boy", and in a couple of years, will have to be redone yet again.  What I am looking for are boys bedroom ideas that are cool, sophisticated, and practical.  Being the practical person that I am, I'd like to put together a room that will fulfill his needs for at least the next 10 years.  And of course the last thing I would want is boring.  
Sophisticated yet a little touch of whimsy and perhaps of color is what I think does the trick in making these bedrooms successful. Grey is a great color to work with and is neutral, so it works well with boys and girls.  With the exception of the baseball room below, each room can easily be transformed into a girls room by changing a minimal amount of accessories around and adding a few key pieces such as bright and colorful embroidered and embellished pillows and a killer piece of artwork that is a bit more feminine. 
Sophisticated boys bedroom with horizontal striped wallpaper
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One. My favorite room. The contemporary horizontal striped wallpaper along with a little bit of retro and a dash of color make this room a success.  The simple Parsons desk and Saarinen tulip chair (and can't forget the old style 13" tube TV) make this room a winner!

Sophisticated Boys bedroom
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Two. The thought of putting two matching Hicks pendants in a boy's room never crossed my mind, but this absolutely works and fills in the empty wall space on either side of the bed.  And how could one not love the pops of yellow against the serious grey, beige and navy.  Fun!

Sophisticated Boys baseball bedroom
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Three. This room would be great for my 13 year old son, who is a serious sports nut, just like his dad. (Or I should be politically correct and say "stepdad"? It's just a title, so who cares what we call him - he's a great guy and he answers to anything!)   For my 8 year old not so, since he's more of the thinking type.  When asked what kind of room he wanted, he mentioned "steampunk" - a little bit sophisticated for 8 year old, no? I'll have to think about that one - maybe a more modern take on steampunk...

Sophisticated Boys bedroom
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Four.  This, probably the most serious of the five, with barely a hint of color.  I'd probably add a tad bit of color to snazz it up a little - perhaps a rug?  I love the textured wall and  herringbone pillows on top of the bed - so grown up!  And the suitcase as nightstand adds a little bit of whimsy to an otherwise serious room.

Sophisticated Boys bedroom
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Five.  The sputnik light pendant (which you can barely see, but I know it's there), the table lamp and the zebra rug make the room.  Again, items that one would not expect to see in a boy's room, but boy, does it work.

So there you have it - 5 great boys bedroom ideas.  My conclusion of what makes a boys bedroom work?  Grey, a little bit of natural wood or natural fiber (whether it be the hardwood floor, a sisal rug, or natural woven roman shades), and a little something that one would not expect to find in a boys bedroom.  Now that I've broken these rooms down and analyzed everything, it's time for me to get to work in putting my son's room together!  I'll be sharing that fun process with you on the blog as well, so stay tuned!

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