Poll results of 41 voters (the most voters ever on this blog!):
Cowboy Room 43%
Green Elephants 41%
Primary Colors 12%
I was leaning toward the Cowboy room and the elephants for the same reasons as all my voters. The red and blue and brown in the cowboy room would go nicely with the rest of our house as well as providing versatility as our son grows. I also really love the elephants, but realize it is quite "baby-ish." I also know me and know that I will be ready to redecorate by the time our son can't stand the sight of another elephant. Stay tuned to see the final decision and pictures as I begin the process.
Thanks for your votes and great comments!
See the following post to find out more about the room I am decorating. I have 4 very different ideas about what to do with our boy's room. The first is a cowboy room. I think a wester/cowboy theme room would be really fun to do. The picture below uses browns, red, and blue and it is a nice combination.
This bedding set costs $510, so I wouldn't buy it. I could sew a quilt and other accessories using this general look and recreate it. I would paint the walls a dusty taupe and use plaid, the cute cow print, wall decor and accessories to pull it all together.
I love this rope art and I think I could duplicate something like it with wire and rope. I could spell out our little guy's name (whatever it may be). Online, these things are $10 per letter, so doing it myself is a must. Especially if I am spelling out R-e-m-i-n-g-t-o-n. That would be $90 plus shipping. Oh, the fun of decorating on a budget!
I found this wall plaque and think it would go perfectly in the room along with a "Cowboy Parking" sign.
Little boy cowboy stuff is pretty easy to find in fabric, wall paper, and wall prints. The fabric above would be great on the back of the quilt and for throw pillows.
What do you think of the cowboy room? It has endless possibilities, a rustic feel, and I love the colors.
The second option is a elephant room. A natural choice for our boy's room would be a jungle room. We love Africa and have lots of elephants and other animals (wood and ivory), plus many photos from our trips that would be fun to use.
This bedding set is from JC Penny and is over $200 just for the quilt, bumper, and bed skirt. These items would be easy enough to sew with a simple appliqué and fun green and brown fabric choice.
This is just one of many, many elephant pictures I have from our safari in Africa. The pictures would look great framed and matted on the wall.
I found these 2 fabrics that I love. I see the stripe vatical for curtains and the dot used for the back of the quilt, pillows, and bumper.
This room idea has lots of possibilities. I like the colors, I like the elephants, I like the dots! What do you think?
I've heard the experts say to surround your infant with bright colors. It's good for a baby's eyesight development. Then what could be better than primary colors for the room decor? This is the third option.
This bedding set is from Pottery Barn Kids, so you can guess that only the very rich can afford it. It would be so easy to duplicate the look though, without going Dr. Seuss.
I would have no trouble sewing seams that aren't straight to make a quilt like this one! The other bedding would be easy too. Stripes and solids and a small print instead of the Dr. Seuss characters is what I have in mind.
I would probably paint the walls just one color, a yellow like Haystack or Little Angel above. The walls are so funny and sloped in the room, that trying to do different colors on each wall or stripes like the first picture would be tricky... I've been down that road before. No one better suggest painting plaid.
My baby would have the best vision ever with yellow walls and red curtains! Using primary colors would be really fun to decorate a baby boy's room.
The final baby boy room idea is a camo/outdoor room.
The picture above is really quite overwhelming, but gives a good idea of how easy this theme would be to do. I googled "camo decorating ideas" and came up with thousands of options. People go a little nuts with the theme, so I would have to be careful not to become some psycho redneck mother decorating a camo theme room for her first son. It could be done very subtly and be perfect for a baby boy.
I could use camo fabric along with greens and browns. I could get kacki canvas and make a curtain for the alcove and it would be like a tent opening! Yes, yes, I know. It would be very easy to get carried away.
Bears and other rustic items would work perfectly in the room. I see pictures in raw wood frames on brown walls.
A thick brown rug would be nice on the wood floor. It has a camo feel without being too "theme-ish."
I could have my crafty husband make up a sign for the wall and paint our son's name on it, similar to the plaque above.
What do you think of the camo and outdoors theme room? It is very boyish and very easy to create. Leave a comment with suggestions and make sure to vote on your favorite baby boy room idea on the poll.