Toddler Boy Room Inspiration

by Andrea Cooley

navy and white toddler boy room design inspirationI think I mentioned that we will be moving baby #2 into the nursery and Emerson will move into our guest room. I didn’t want a strict theme for the big boy room, but I did have some ideas of what I wanted it to look like. If I HAD to pinpoint a look, I would say that it’s loosely nautical. I’m sticking to a navy blue, gray, and white palette and possibly some rope decor. I don’t picture lots of anchors or fish in the room, but stripes are nautical, right?

The guest room is one of the last rooms in the house that we haven’t painted. Here are the only pictures of the room that have been on the blog. As you can see, the walls were a pinky tan and the trim and doors were cream. Yuck!

We decided to paint the walls the same gray (Valspar Filtered Shade) that is in the nursery. It was easier to stick with something we knew we liked and it saved the time of sampling new colors! Both rooms are downstairs, and I think it’s nice to have them the same color.

Painting the room took longer than we thought. It was the only room in the house with cream trim and doors, so in addition to painting the walls, I painted the baseboards, windows, and doors white and Adam put up new molding. It was so worth it though! I love the fresh white with the gray.

We never had curtains in the room and I got it in my head that I really wanted navy and white stripes. Did you know that there are literally NO navy and white stripe curtains or fabric to be found on the internets? At least not chunky, horizontal stripes like I wanted. My goal is to follow a tutorial to paint  navy stripes onto white IKEA curtains. I’ll let you know how it goes!

big boy roomHere’s a picture of the room in progress. I know it’s not much to look at now, but it’s getting there! Hopefully we will wrap things up in the next couple weeks! It will still be a couple months before we transition Emerson into this room, but I’m ready for it to be done!

Here’s a break down of my inspiration/what we already have:

We’re planning to keep the double bed that’s in there, but I’d love to paint the headboard navy.

We originally thought we’d use the massive 8-drawer Hemnes dresser from IKEA in the nursery. Technically, it would have fit, but it’s much better in this room. Maybe I’ll update the hardware, but for now it’s good!

I’d love to get a big, comfy chair in this room to curl up and read books in. I’ve been checking Craigslist and garage sales. I really like the gray fabric on that one from Target.

I say I don’t want to have a strict design theme, and then I see all the adorable nautical decor at Land of Nod. I’m going to keep an eye on it and see if it goes on sale! I might have to at least get the whale pillowcase!

I really like the striped rug, but am wondering if there are striped curtains, if a striped rug is overkill. Thoughts? And I can’t decide if the mustard yellow pouf is too much of a disconnect from the navy. And again, it’s stripes. Maybe I’ll find a more neutral leather pouf.

I can’t wait to hang the city prints from IKEA over the dresser and I want to order the Love You To The Moon and Back print. We also want to hang some low shelves on the wall for books.

I’m trying to convince Adam that we should paint the closet door navy blue, but he’s not on board. He thinks it won’t go with the rest of the house. I say it’s fun! Has anyone else painted an interior door a funky color? Help me change his mind!

So that’s where we are with the big boy room. I’d LOVE to have it done by August, but I’m realizing it’s probably going to be a work in progress.



Whale pillowcase

Small item storage

Arm chair


Navy rug

Threshold Kilim Square Pouf


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Andrea Cooley

  1. We’ve (meaning me) been thinking about how to transition our guest room into Lucan’s toddler room too. So far I’ve been stymied by the $100 PB kids madras quilt that I’ve LOVED for at least a year. We’re also contemplating bunk beds too which flummoxes me as well. Lu’s nursery isn’t overtly “baby” so I don’t want this bedroom to be overtly “toddler” either. I’m more like you, sticking to an overall color theme as my design muse.

  2. I love it all! Especially the yellow pouf. I think it totally goes worth the room! Someone once told me not to worry too much about matchy matchy!! :-)

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