How to Design a Boy's Room in an Army Theme

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How to Design a Boy's Room in an Army Theme
Wrap a camouflage print around a canvas to make wall art. (camouflage image by Catabu from

Giving your kids an area all for themselves can be difficult, especially if you want to hide messes or highlight interests while keeping the room looking attractive. There are a number of ways to incorporate an army theme into a child's room while making sure it looks good instead of camouflage run amok.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Stencil
  • Vinyl stickers
  • Furnishings
  • Furniture
  • Storage

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    Choose the colours. Camouflage and military gear come in many colours, ranging from sand, browns and tans to white and grey to bright greens.

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    Paint your walls a colour that will match your camouflage palette, such as an off-white, light tan or olive. You can also use a stencil to paint an army-related insignia, such as sergeant's stripes, or military shape, such as a tank, on the wall.

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    Use acrylic wall stickers. They range in size from small stickers, from 3 to 4 inches, to murals large enough to take up half of a wall. These stickers are made so they won't damage paint. They can be moved as furniture is moved or removed as the child ages. Consider a large tank or a bunch of small toy soldier stickers.

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    Buy furnishings with military overtones. Bunk beds and lockers are commonly used in basic training, but work just as well in a young boy's room. Buy unfinished wood furniture and paint it in a colour that complements your camouflage. Paint the insignia of a goal such as "Ranger" onto a boot. Make sure, too, to provide storage for little soldiers to put away their "gear" every day.

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    Decorate with army-themed art. This could be a photograph of a person the boy looks up to dressed in uniform. It could also be something as simple as some camouflage cloth wrapped around canvas with a stencilled insignia spray painted onto it. Don't go overboard when using camouflage. Avoid using it for bedding or curtains unless it's the only camouflage being used. Otherwise, the room might begin to feel more "hunter's den" than "army."

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    Add cute touches, such as stuffed animals in military uniform, that can be found in most army base stores, toy soldiers, small tanks and helicopter models. These types of toys can be left out as decorative touches, instead of being put away with regular toys.

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