Do you have a room in your house with sad blank walls? Not sure what to hang because you don’t know what to do with the rest of room? I had the same problem with our boys’ bedroom. I finally figured it out and I am going to show you how to do the same thing! Plus I will give you some examples in this boys bedroom update.
*I was given store credit to choose artwork and complete this post. There are affiliate links in this post which means, if you choose to purchase artwork from Minted.com through one of my links I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.
Boys Bedroom Update – The Struggle
Picking artwork for the boys’ bedroom wasn’t easy. I started out with framed newborn photos but I knew that wouldn’t last forever. I mean what teenage boy wants that in their room?
I remember my parents were really into buying artwork from dealers and I had paintings of baby animals in my room for a while. I didn’t want to do that to my boys. But I also didn’t know how to pick something that would resonate with them now and into their teen years (fingers crossed!).
The room was originally painted a mint color and I was going to use it as an office. Later, we decided to put both boys in the same room and to have the smaller room as a toy room. I’ve loved it because I can pick up toys around the house without waking them up during naps.
Using Colors as Inspiration
So what was the theme going to be and how would I implement it? My boys love visiting my parents in Texas so I thought a cowboy or wild west theme would be perfect for them. When I made the boys matching quilts I wanted to go with a western theme – not cowboy hats and spurs but horses, land, and nature. Finding fabric to go with this theme was hard so I ultimately decided to go with the colors I wanted in their room. I kept the mint and added red since I had this awesome red painted dresser already.
Using Places as Inspiration
Since we live in Colorado I started out with a mountain theme set of artwork. I loved the teal and mint colors that would tie these prints to the quilts. Even though I didn’t go with a mountain theme I might still order some of these prints, especially those reindeer! Since these pieces are still within the theme of color they would work in a western theme room too.
Mountain Artwork Gallery
Don’t you just love those prints? I loved mixing custom frames with the different prints to create this gallery. The key to choosing artwork that goes together in a gallery is mixing the types of prints, the sizes, and the frames. Want to learn more about how to put artwork together in a gallery?
Asking What Your Kids Think
I spend a lot of time looking at the Minted.com website, especially at the art prints. And I’ve already ordered a couple of my favorites for other rooms in the house. When I searched for artwork for the boys bedroom update I had the boys come take a look. Every time my youngest spotted a horse he bounced up and down and yelled “horsey!” so that helped me get the next set of artwork picked out! Getting closer to what we want!
Western Artwork Gallery
I loved the glowing mint sky in the Horses at Dusk print. There’s a lot of mint in the room currently but the next step in the boys bedroom update is to paint! I love how it turned out with this painted and antiqued frame.
The red painted dresser was one of the first pieces I painted. My mom thought I was crazy but now she always reminds me that if I ever wanted to find it a new home it has a place in hers.
What not to do when picking artwork
I remember asking my parents for a basketball print for my room. I was in a little league and the print was very team specific. My parents were smart not to purchase the print, as much as I begged. For one, I didn’t stick with basketball more than the one year of little league. And two, to this day I couldn’t tell you basketball teams.
And yes, I could say that my lack of basketball artwork was the reason I didn’t end up liking basketball. Shame on my parents. No, not really, I appreciate my parents stand on keeping my options open. Growing up I got to try new things and really figure out what my passion was. I played basketball, softball, volleyball and ran cross country. I played in band for many years and when I decided I was done with that and I wanted to try something new they supported me 100%. I am so glad they did because that change is what launched my writing/marketing career.
I guess what I am saying is don’t choose your kids’ interests for them. Picking a sport, movie, or current trend as a theme for a room runs the risk of changing it in a year when they (or you) grow tired of that theme.
Don’t forget to consider the style of the rest of your home too. This will help your home flow from room to room.
More Boys Bedroom Updates to come!