10 Great Kids' Rooms
Rustic Camp Boy's Room
By Yuki Hayashi
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There’s no reason your son can’t go camping year-round. If you’ve got a wee outdoorsman on your hands, this room from New Kidspace Idea Book is guaranteed to please. This boy’s bedroom uses log wallpaper to create a cabin feel (carry it up to the plate rail, and paint above that a neutral cream to keep the look from getting too dark and claustrophobic). Try Sears or a similar retailer for a traditional wood bed, and for log-style wallpaper, try Village Wallpaper or the wall coverings section at The Home Depot or Color Your World (expect to wait two to four weeks for special order patterns like this one to come in). Wooden furniture, blinds and a heavy timber-look bed frame with an extra-high crossbar base continue the theme, and a low-pile rug in a neutral greenish-taupe grounds the space. Add a forest element with plenty of potted plants, though kids with allergies may be better off with synthetic greenery since allergens like mold can develop in some potted specimens. Use accessories to enhance the summer camp vibe: a decorative lantern, rustic lighting, vintage signs and camping manuals are all great choices. Get double the use out of a sleeping bag by rolling it up during the day, so it can provide great support for reading in bed. Finally, don’t forget the bears, raccoons and squirrels: they’re essential to the look.
Photo by Robb Miller, from New Kidspace Idea Book (2005) by Wendy A. Jordan, courtesy of Taunton.