ROOM THERAPY: A Boy’s Bedroom

My eldest seems to be hitting the “tweens”. He has gone from playing lego downstairs, watching CBeebies in our family room and generally being my little shadow, to wanting to listen to his own music and read in his bedroom- alone. He has also changed his homework habits (well he has always tried to avoid it completely, that’s nothing new!) but he now also likes to sit quietly in his bedroom to work, and avoid the chaos and noise of the downstairs kitchen table. All this got me thinking about updating his bedroom which suddenly felt too young for this growing little man. I decided to create a space where as he hits the teens for real, he will enjoy working, resting and playing. It was a fun process designing his room as it was a chance to work on a project together, and he had lots of ideas and input into all the choices. We kept the design adaptable and versatile with the future in mind as I hope this will now last him right up until he finishes school. Here is what we did!


I have always loved the Cole & Sons Woods wallpaper. As a feature wall in a small space it has the effect of adding a 3D dimension to the room, and somehow manages to make a small space feel bigger. The walls seems to expand into woodland rather than closing in on you. In this room we started with a feature wall around the desk but loved it so much we added it around the bed too. A monochrome palette is a classic choice and easy to build upon in many different directions, but for now it suits us well to add in lovely pops of turquoise, teals and red to make the space feel young, energetic and vibrant. My son picked the Vardo paint from the Farrow and Ball paint chart and I absolutely love it on the skirting. We happily found the ceiling light in the exact colour from John Lewis. Check out the full Cocoon my Room board at the end of this page to shop the room.


Built in bespoke storage is the most efficient way to maximise the space available and get the most use out of every nook and cranny. Here we have lots of wardrobe space for clothes- and all the various sports kits. But we decided to include shelving either side of the hanging space to house all his books. So it’s a space that now really works hard for us and hides all the clutter!


By fitting a small desk against the wall opposite the bed and adding a bean bag the other side of the windows, we have created a functional space where there is place to work and space to relax and read and listen to music. A red tolix chair adds a lovely colour pop that works really well with the turquoises in the room. We added some funky lighting in the form of a glitter ball and an oversized wooden light bulb. Both cast patterned and atmospheric light that bring a sense of young fun to the room, and add a cool and cosy vibe to the room in the evenings,


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