Decorating Tips for a Boy's Bedroom in Blue & Red

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Decorating Tips for a Boy's Bedroom in Blue & Red
Use one blue and one red lampshade to further the red and blue colour scheme. (bedroom's light image by pppboy from Fotolia.com)

Add an unexpected splash of red to accentuate the traditional blue of a boy's bedroom. Red and blue are primary colours, which mean they will work with a variety of decorating styles and themes. Use an equal amount of red and blue in the room for balance, or favour your son's favourite colour and use the other as an accent colour. The intensity of the shades you choose can make the room bright and engaging or a muted, calming space.

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Themes

Blue and red work with multiple themes, which make it fairly easy to update your boy's decor without having to purchase new furniture or repaint the walls every time he changes his mind. For example, use an Americana theme if he's into patriotic stars and stripes. Alternatively, use red and blue for superheroes, cars, planes, trains or a general sports all-star theme. Keeping the major items red or blue, such as bedding or curtains, allows you to change the theme by replacing smaller accessories, such as pillows or posters.

Walls

Paint the walls blue with a red stripe, red with a blue stripe or combine the colours to paint stripes around the entire room. Alternatively, paint the lower portion of the walls red with the higher portion blue and separate the colours with a white stripe or chair rail. Leave the walls white, beige or another neutral colour if you'd rather add pops of colour with blue and red frames holding posters or pictures that relate to the current theme.

Bedding

Solid red sheets with a blue comforter or blue sheets and a red comforter allow you to change from theme to theme without having to replace all the bedding. Consider a reversible comforter that's red on one side and blue on the other. Pair that with a set of red and blue striped, circle or patterned sheets. Novelty pillows, such as car or super hero shapes, can dress up the bed and add to the red and blue colour scheme.

Accessories

Red and blue posters, lamps, rugs and bins can also add to the decor of the room without locking you into a single theme or idea. For example, use red and blue bins in a wood tone or white shelf to hold your little boy's toys and books while adding to the look of the room. If the walls are blue, consider painting a single piece of furniture red, such as the toy box or dresser. Piggy banks, action figures and curtains are other items you can place around the room to enhance the red and blue colour scheme.

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