A Tween Boy Bedroom Makeover

The links in this post may be affiliate links.  That means that if you click them and make a purchase, this site makes a commission.  It will have no impact on the price you pay or the experience of your purchase.


Two weeks ago I shared our daughter’s bedroom makeover and today I am back to share her 10 year old brother’s room! Our son has a lot of interests: everything from dinosaurs to drawing to pirate ships. It was a lot of fun to include his interests in his bedroom while also making the room more grown up.

I partnered with Hunter Fan Company and Sherwin-Williams on this makeover project. The Cranbrook ceiling fan design in black with light blue-gray Misty SW 6232 by Sherwin-Williams give his bedroom personality and style—perfect for a preteen space.

This article contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure here

The Process

First we removed our son’s old bed (an IKEA bunk bed we cut in half). He has some sensory needs, so removing his old bed with a side rail was a big deal! My husband used the wood from his old bed to build our son’s desk. I’ll write a blog post on that soon.

We had his low-profile Cranbrook fan installed before I painted. Hunter’s Cranbrook design is fun and quirky–and the black is perfect for a boy or teen’s room! He enjoys having his own remote for the fan and usually sleeps with the remote next to his bed. The single bulb gives off a good bit of light in the room.

We painted his bedroom Sherwin-Williams Misty using Harmony Interior in an Eg-Shel finish. The same paint color we used in our daughter’s room! I love how versatile the color is, it goes grey to blue depending on the lighting. And Harmony’s quality is great–our son had previously drawn a picture on his wall in pencil and it was almost 100% covered with the first coat of paint! 

Our preteen requested a bed with storage in the color blue. I shopped around online and found an affordable twin storage bed with a matching headboard online in the color Blueberry. It is a subtle blue with some wood-grain, not a bright blue which I like.

He stores toys in the under bed storage, and his alarm clock with books are housed on and in his headboard. I would rate the bed frame high for value and style, and score it a bit lower in the quality category. All that to say–he loves it, and I am happy with it overall.

Prior to making over our preteen’s room, he had a huge collection of legos next to his bed. His closet didn’t store much clothing, so I moved all his legos into the closet (victory!!) and made space for his new desk. 

He likes to draw and film stop animation videos. He eventually wants his own computer to practice coding. A desk seemed like a great support for his growing interests! My husband used the wood from our son’s old bed to build his new desk. The desk is a taller than chair height so I purchased a black gloss stool with adjustable seat for the desk.

I went shopping for accessories with our 10 year old after a field trip last week. He picked a rustic dry erase wall calendar and a few fun pieces including a shark sign. The preteen years for boys are tricky. Its easy to decorate too young (nursery style art) or too old (scary or dark teen art). We found some good pieces that were meaningful to him. And artwork is SO easy to swap out when a child’s style preference changes.

The Cranbrook fan in black really pulls the room together. And while the black color matures the space a bit, the design itself is whimsical and lighthearted. The fan is perfect for a preteen or teen’s space and its style will grow with them as they get older! 

I added a vintage metal crate on the side of our son’s bed for easy access to his dinosaur lamp. And he keeps his favorite books in his headboard cubby, along with his alarm clock.

I worked hard to display our son’s favorite dinosaurs & legos while minimizing the overall toy clutter. Our preteen is a collector of all the things! The metal galvanized bins on his dresser help to collect the toys & mementos that did not otherwise have a “home.”

For the wall color in his bedroom we narrowed it down to a blue because it feels neutral and still gives his room color.  Sherwin-Williams Misty goes from blue to gray depending on the light in the room and time of day. And check out below how it looks in his sister’s room, the room just to the left of his space. Accent colors and textures make a big difference! And while both of their windows face north, her bed is on a west wall and his bed is on an east wall. 

Our son loves his new grown up room, and we completed it on a small budget! We replaced his bed and ceiling fan and painted the walls. Repurposed his desk, and kept his original bookcase, curtains, and dresser. Changing the wall color (bye beige) and adding a new modern ceiling fan completed this tween boy bedroom!

This article was written in partnership with Sherwin-Williams and Hunter Fan Company. I received paint and a ceiling fan as compensation for this post. All opinions in this article are my own.

Shop The Room:

(click a picture for more info)

Ulysses Twin Storage Bed

Shark Wood Sign

Hunter Cranbrook Black

Monthly Dry Erase Board

Ulysses Storage Headboard

Tractor Seat Stool

Dinosaur Lamp

Blackout Curtain Panels

Rawr! Wood Sign

author avatar
Julia Fain

Similar Posts


  1. I’m new to this site but need help with paint colors…I’m likeing the colors Misty, Rock Candy, Spare White….I have wasted more money on paint and just can’t get it right..Seems everytime I see a color swatch I like, it ends up to dark on my walls…My rooms are small, all have white trim and medium oak colored hardwood floors through out.,.I been here over a month and nothing painted yet except ceilings and trim. I really wanted 1 light, soft color in bedrooms and living room then nice medium blue/gray for my bath and off white in my tiny hall that leads to bedrooms/bath…Before I forget, my house gets low light!!!! Just a tint of color that can be seen against the white trim will work. I just don’t know which color…HELP

    1. Hi! If your rooms are low light the colors will show darker on the wall (like you’ve seen). I’d suggest picking the lightest option on the paint deck. Or even a white with a hint of blue. I’ve written a few articles that might help… https://www.tagandtibby.com/blog/2018/3/29/the-best-5-blue-gray-paint-colors
      I also offer virtual consults for personalized recommendations (more info here https://www.tagandtibby.com/services) Sounds like you are headed in the right direction!

  2. What color is the paint in that bedroom in the photo with the wood sign above the bed that reads “ Rawr “. Very nice soft blue if that’s what it is?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *