10 Great Kids' Rooms
Coastal Cool Boy's Room
By Yuki Hayashi
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Got a junior yachting enthusiast? This Pottery Barn Kids bedroom suite has a full-on Kennebunkport vibe, but the tasteful details and palette keep it from going into kitsch overload, as theme rooms sometimes can. Start with bead-boarded walls (they can be installed in panels found at home-improvement stores), and paint them a cool white. Leave some wood details such as window trim, and bring in nautical elements through bedding (or this fantastic vintage speedboat-inspired bed), chambray-hued drapes, and lantern-style lights. A garland of nautical alphabet flags, a similar rug, and framed boat illustrations carry through the theme (either color-copy from a book, or scour Ebay for frameable prints). Keep the color palette simple and masculine: crisp clues and whites, natural stained wood, a few hits of red. And get him to promise to keep the room neat before you agree to redecorate: this style looks best when it’s neat as a pin. After all, you’re running a tight ship around here.
Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids.