bedrooms for boys {noah’s room tour}

Boys bedrooms are so much harder to get right than girls I always think.  Perhaps it’s just that I had a girl first, or my deep affinity with all things pink, but finding something simple and classic in a boy orientated style always seems so much more difficult to me.  (I can do Liberty print until the cows come home but I’m not sure that Noah would appreciate that one little bit! 😉 )

His room previously was all nautical themed and, whilst I loved it at the time, we both had grown a tiny bit tired of it and wanted something fresher and less specific in terms of its décor.  When we have friends to visit they stay in here (this bed converts into a king size which is ideal for visitors!) and I really wanted it to be suitable for that too, whilst also embracing the slightly older phase that Noah is in now.




Noah’s room probably had the least changes in the sense that most of his furniture stayed the same.  We painted the walls in a soft grey/beige shade and removed the stars that he had up previously, in favour of a branch suspended from the ceiling.  It turned out to be the perfect place to display his wooden animals, part of a Noah’s Ark gift from East of India when he was born.  I just attached these with blu tack and so far, so good in terms of them staying in place!

The bed here is this one from IKEA and, as I mentioned previously, it is brilliant as a full size single, but also as a pull-out if you have guests to stay.  We use both mattresses (one on top of the other!) for Noah on a daily basis, just to make it that bit more comfortable.  I replaced the handles on it with these little Gisela Graham ones and the colour and style works really well with the overall scheme.

Most of the bedlinen here is from Next, but most of the cushions are from Zara Home (I love the vintage car one in particular!) and the cream fringed blanket is from Dunelm.  The little initial cushion is George at Asda.




Storage is always an issue for us, being that I’m a person who really struggles with clutter whilst simultaneously living in a home with extras from Extreme Hoarders 😉  Noah has a thing for toilet roll tubes in particular (you just never know when those might come in useful!) and many, many, MANY broken pieces of Lego.  Anyway, I came across these brilliant paper sacks from Tellkiddo and fell for them immediately.  I mean, you’re going to get a LOT of toilet roll tubes in there, aren’t you? 🙂

A few people had asked about these and if they rip very easily and I’d say they’re probably not for you if you’ve very young children.  They are reinforced but are definitely still paper, and wouldn’t be up to the wear and tear that a basket or toy box would.  That said, they do look really gorgeous and are brilliant for all the paraphernalia that comes with a nine year old creative genius! 😉

The bunting here I found on Etsy,and just removed the darker blue ribbons to make it fit in a little better with the whole look.




This storage unit is an old favourite from IKEA (doesn’t everyone have one of these somewhere?) as are the baskets.  I just colour washed them in a grey paint to match in with the rest of the room (they were lovely as they were but a tiny bit yellowy.)  I’ve still bits and pieces to add to Noah’s shelves, but figure that a few empty ones are probably good for all his Lego/ toilet roll tube creations!

The N marquee light  (similar here!) is from Next, as is his wardrobe.

This little blue unit started life as his changing table and was pine originally.  I had painted it navy previously but it was scratched and worn and so I went for pale blue this time around.  The paint is Blue Sky by Rustoleum, in case you were interested!

And how cute are these milk and cookie nightlights?  All three of our children are sleepwalkers and Noah and Eva suffer particularly with night terrors too (still hoping for that full nights sleep at some stage in the future!)  We’ve found that a nightlight really helped in Noah’s case, and I loved these ones particularly.  A bit of a grown up version if you will!




And that’s it for in here!  The most changes happened in both Eva’s and our rooms.  I’ll show you those very soon!


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  1. November 9, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    His room is so lovely – so fresh and bright, a lovely step on from the nautical theme x

    • Emma Martin
      November 21, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks lovely xx

    • Emma Martin
      November 21, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks so much Debs xx

  2. November 16, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Beautiful! Could I possibly ask where the milk & cookie nightlights are from? Xx

    • Emma Martin
      November 21, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      Of course Laura! If you click on the link it should take you directly. I got them from Not on the High Street. Xx

  3. Michelle Murphy
    January 9, 2017 / 11:55 am

    hi emma – just wondered re the unit from ikea in noahs room…..did you have to buy draws and baskets seperate ? are they also available in ikea ?
    what to do this for my son jacks room !

    • Emma Martin
      January 9, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Yes Michelle, they all come separately from the unit but all IKEA too! Hope that helps you! Xx

  4. January 11, 2017 / 8:18 am

    This is fantastic, love the hanging branch idea. We’re just looking at changing a room from a jungle theme that’s been out grow (also for a boy called Noah!)

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