Design Inspiration and Paint Colors for Boys Bedrooms

dark blue paint colors for boys bedrooms


As part of our Greater Nashville Real Estate Staging Association‘s second annual Meaningful Makeovers project, I am excited to show you the boys’ bedrooms and baths in the first of two houses we’ve been working in over the last few weeks!  I hope these will give you design inspiration and paint colors for boys’ bedrooms. As you know, seeing the “befores” help you appreciate the “afters,” so here are a few of the spaces in their “before” state:


The first bedroom transformation is painted in Sherwin-Williams Blustery Sky SW9140.  This moody grayed blue plays well with blues, greens, yellows, and orange. Check out this fabulous boys’ room design by Shelley McCoy of Shelley McCoy Artful Homes and Leigh Ann Portale of Stage South:

Sherwin-Williams Blustery Sky paint color for boys bedroomsdesign by Shelley McCoy Artful Homes and Stage South


Here’s the money shot! I love how they made a small desk play double-duty as a bedside table:

boys room design by Shelley McCoy Artful Homes and Stage South




The next amazing space was designed by Suzy Knapp of Hook and Hearth. The wall color here is Sherwin-Williams Wool Skein SW6148. If you follow SW’s link, you’ll see the digital color representation they use in a room is not nearly as accurate (or pretty) as the photos I’m sharing. The color you see in the room below is much more representative of Wool Skein – trust me!

SW Wool Skein paint colors for boys bedrooms, design by Hook and Hearthdesign by Hook and Hearth


For kids sharing a room, the modern floor lamps are great alternatives to a single lamp in between the twin beds.

beige paint colors for boys' bedrooms



Here’s the bathroom adjoining the first and second bedrooms:


The next boys’ bedroom sports a fun space theme. This room is painted Sherwin-Williams Meditative SW6227 and was designed by Fresh Perspectives Staging & Design:

SW Meditative paint color for boys bedroomsroom design by Fresh Perspectives Staging & Design


SW Meditative is another great paint color for boys’ rooms, whether they are younger children or teens.


I really love the variations of blues in this fun room!


The room designers had to work the existing green bathroom tile in a couple of the bathrooms, and I think they turned out great!


The last of the four boys’ bedroom/bathroom combos was designed by Molly Hendrix of Music City Home Staging and Kim Pearse of Center Hill Staging.


This bedroom is painted Sherwin-Williams Light French Gray SW0055.

boys room design by Music City Staging and Center Hill Stagingdesign by Center Hill Staging and Music City Home Staging


I love all the special little details in art and decor. Succulents are great alternative to florals for boys’ rooms.

SW Light French Gray paint color for boys bedrooms


Another fabulous update to the avocado green tile – it’ looks totally fresh and new!


The Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home offers nurturing, Christian homes for children in difficult places across Tennessee through compassionate on-campus homes and foster families. Here again is the color scheme for the two boys’ homes that our group made over to benefit children in their care:

therapeutic paint scheme SW paint colors for boys bedrooms by The Decorologist

therapeutic paint color scheme by The Decorologist


I’ve got four more boys’ bedrooms and baths to share with you – we are having them professionally photographed tomorrow. I can’t wait to show you!

I hope this gave you some inspiration for design and paint color for boys’ bedrooms. Stay tuned to my next post, because I’ll be sharing some fun DIY take-aways that you may want to try yourself . . .


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  1. Sheri Bruneau

    I love the pretty green tile and blue walls. All of the rooms look amazing!

    • Kristie Barnett

      A lot of heart was put in these designs – wait until you see the rest! Thanks for stopping by, Sheri xoxo

  2. Molly

    The rooms turned out beautifully! I can’t even choose a favorite.

  3. Laura P.

    Hi Kristie, You are using your gift of design in such a meaningful way. The boys’ rooms turned out beautifully! What a big heart you have!

  4. Christy Byers

    These are great rooms for boys. My 5 year old loved the space themed room.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Such a cool space, right? Glad your sweet boy liked that one!

  5. Kira

    Omg, those paint colors with the tile in the bathrooms are amazing! When I window shop local older homes in the area for the day when I can buy one. I’m often left wondering (in a horrified way) if paint color and such is really enough to update the bathrooms old tile color scheme. I see so many home sellers that have done it so poorly, consider me relieved!

    • Kristie Barnett

      Yay!!! I’m glad you liked the color combos – the wall colors were chosen with that tile in mind. You know how that tile would have looked with a fleshy beige on the walls? I’m sure you’ve seen it, and it’s horrible! I actually love working with retro tile and have original 1940 green and black tile in my master bathroom 🙂

  6. Lezlie

    Love this, Kristie. Thanks so much to RESA for investing in such a worthy and meaningful task. Having peaceful and welcoming surroundings calms the heart and mind, perfect for kids who aren’t able to be with their families. Your work is a tremendous gift!

    • Kristie Barnett

      Thank you for your kind words, Lezlie! All of us have been blessed working on this project. The house parents and staff at TBCH are amazing people with big hearts for the children in their care!

    • Kristie Barnett

      Doreen, thank YOU so much for the day you came up to Nashville to paint and style the great room of Hart Cottage! It’s such a bright and welcoming space for the boys to come home to – I’ll share some of that space soon! xoxo


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