With two young children — and seemingly less and less space to live in — DIY enthusiast Camille Lai decided to convert her family’s two-car garage into a proper bedroom for her sons, by employing some savvy boys’ bedroom paint ideas. “The boys’ bedroom was actually our garage,” she explains. “We built it out about a year ago to accommodate our growing family, and we’ve all been happy with the choice.”
By using the right paint color, our violet-blue hue, Blue’d Up, and multifunctional decor accessories, Camille transformed the utilitarian space into a warm, versatile room that her boys, now aged 8 and 10, can continue to grow in. “They love Pokémon cards, video games, and the color blue,” she says.
Curious how you can score an equally polished but practical space for a kids’ room? We asked Camille to share some of her favorite boys’ bedroom paint ideas and here’s what she had to say.
1. Soften the color palette.Once the major renovations were complete, Camille painted the boys’ room a deep shade of dark blue, that she quickly decided was too drab for the space. “I felt like the dark blue was a little harsh, and also a little too ordinary,” she explains. “We needed a shade of blue that would soften up the space, while bringing a uniqueness to it.”
2. Best boys’ bedroom paint idea: pick a versatile color that can mature with them.
The right shade for the boys’ room was Blue’d Up, our new purple-ish blue hue that supplies a pop of personality without sacrificing an ounce of sophistication. “Blue'd Up really is so versatile!” Camille explains, “In terms of bedroom paint, it can definitely evolve with the boys as they grow older into preteen and even full-blown teenager years. In fact, I see this as a great alternative for a girls’ room, too, because of the purple undertones.”
3. Keep the furniture and decor elements simple.
Aside from structural changes and a fresh paint job, Camille utilized most of the existing furniture and decor accessories from the boys’ old bedroom, including the clean-lined bed frames and patterned rug. “I didn't feel like there was a need to change up other elements in the bedroom because this new paint color did such a good job of highlighting these pieces,” she explains. “Before everything just blended together and now with the new paint color every element gets a chance to shine.”
4. Use black and white decor to complement the wall color.To create visual interest in the boys’ bedroom, Camille opted to furnish the space with black and white decor, including wallpaper, textiles, and art, that help highlight the sumptuous paint color. “I used black and white decor to create a contrast with the soft wall paint,” she explains. “Blue’d Up subdues the more stark elements in the room.”
5. Integrate multifunctional furnishings with natural-looking finishes.To ensure the boys’ bedroom was both polished and practical, Camille also incorporated several neutral-toned furniture items that pull double duty in the space, including a woven wood bench that moonlights as a nightstand and a cream-colored end-of-bed trunk that doubles as a dresser for storage. Not only are these pieces incredibly functional, but like every element in the room, they’re perfectly suited to continue growing with the boys.
Related: Beyond boys’ bedroom paint ideas, Camille has tons of other decor tips up her sleeve! Read Go Bold With These 5 Eye-Catching Ideas For a Small Bathroom Remodel to see more of her stunning home.