A Dinosaur Bedroom for a Toddler Boy

Interiors

Dinosaur Bedroom - Life by Naomi

This summer, I’ve been really keen to get Ben into his ‘big boy’ bedroom. Since we’ve moved into the house, he has been in the smallest bedroom, and the second smallest has been used as a guest room/laundry room/office. His first room was definitely the nursery room – a cot, nursing chair, chest of drawers and book case fit in there well, but it is small. It was time for him to have a proper bedroom, and I went to town pinning images and ideas.

The other thing that made this more pressing is that baby no. 2 is due in November, and we need to sort out the nursery properly, digging out all the Mamas and Papas Jamboree range that we used for Ben. I really didn’t want Ben to feel that he’d been pushed out of his old bedroom to make way for the baby, so it was important to make his new bedroom really special.

I am very aware that children go through phases of loving things intensely for a short period of time – and then not being interested at all. So with this bedroom I was really keen to choose the building blocks in colours and textures that would withstand the test of time, while keeping the accessories themed. This way, when Ben is tired of dinosaurs and wants, say, football, they will be easy to change. However, if he becomes a Liverpool supporter like his dad, we might have to reconsider.

I chose Crown’s Moonlight Bay paint for the walls, because it had the right blue-grey balance that I was looking for.

Dinosaur Bedroom - Life by Naomi

His bed was from Marks and Spencer and has a mattress on a pull-out frame underneath. Unfortunately, Marks and Spencer don’t seem to make them any more, which is a shame. We’ve used them several times when our nephew and nieces have come to stay, and I’m sure Ben will be using it for sleepovers in time.

The other furniture is from Ikea: a Malm chest of drawers and a Billy Bookcase. All very standard, and fits perfectly into the space. I deliberately chose not to have a wardrobe yet: Ben doesn’t really have any clothes which need hanging, and it would just take up space.

Dinosaur Bedroom - Life by Naomi

The curtains are from DunelmΒ – I’ve found that their curtains are very good, but you do have to go and see them in real life, as the colours aren’t quite true on their website.

Dinosaur Bedroom - Life by Naomi

The bedding is by Asda, and we’ve actually had it a while. It’s washed really well and is really comfortable. The wall stickers were an absolute bargain – 50p in the Tesco sale!

Dinosaur Bedroom - Life by Naomi

The lampshade was a gift from Ben’s Auntie Suzie and Uncle Matt, and is from the John Lewis Dino was Here range. The red dinosaur on the dresser is from the same range.

Dinosaur Bedroom - Life by Naomi

The green dinosaur is Ben’s current cuddly toy at bedtime.

Dinosaur Bedroom - Life by Naomi

I think one of my favourite touches in the bedroom are these amazing dinosaur fairy lights. Again, I got them in the Tesco sale, and they are currently filling a gap – Ben isn’t quite old enough for a lamp next to his bed, but he does sometimes like a light on when he goes to sleep. These are battery powered too.

Dinosaur Bedroom - Life by Naomi

Dinosaur Bedroom - Life by Naomi

He loves being able to choose his own books, and has started just hanging out in his bedroom, looking at his books. One of our next jobs is to sort out some toys that he can play with if he wakes up early. Hopefully, he’ll be happy to play with them until his Gro-clock tells him it’s ok to come to wake us up.

As with all my home projects, there are some things that just have to wait – carpets, for example, in this case. In time, we will also get Ben a bedside table, but I’m a bit worried about him falling out of bed at the moment – it’s only happened a handful of times in the last six months, but still, I’d like to avoid sharp corners so close to his head.

The brilliant thing about this bedroom is that Ben has totally accepted that his old room will become the baby’s new room. We’ve decorated that room already, put the sides back on Ben’s old cot, and have dug out the Jamboree bunting. We’ll be ready for this little one!

I’m linking up with Mummy of Boy Girl Twins Home Etc linky. Please head over there and see what other bloggers have been up to.

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By Naomi

Comments

  1. Reply

    What a lovely room for your little boy. It has such a fresh look and I love the bed. What a shame they no longer make it. Fab bargain with the 50p wall stickers #HomeEtc

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      I agree, and so many people have asked me where I got it, I’ve neve seen anything similar. I do love a good bargain! Thanks for your comment.

  2. Reply

    What a lovely room for your little boy. It has such a fresh look and I love the bed. What a shame they no longer make it. Fab bargain with the 50p wall stickers #HomeEtc

    1. Reply

      I agree, and so many people have asked me where I got it, I’ve neve seen anything similar. I do love a good bargain! Thanks for your comment.

  3. Reply

    Well done, it looks like you’ve done a great job. I hope Ben is really happy in his big boy room. Mich x

    1. Reply

      He is! It’s really helped him accept that his old room will be for the baby too, which is great. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Reply

    Well done, it looks like you’ve done a great job. I hope Ben is really happy in his big boy room. Mich x

    1. Reply

      He is! It’s really helped him accept that his old room will be for the baby too, which is great. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Reply

    This is a really cute room. The colour is great. Lucky boy! #HomeEtc

  6. Reply

    This is a really cute room. The colour is great. Lucky boy! #HomeEtc

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    Aw, I take it someone is into dinosaurs then! You got some good bargains too. We’ve just done our toddler boy’s room too, and have bought those Malm drawers too – they are awesome aren’t they – so much space! Sabrina x #HomeEtc

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    Aw, I take it someone is into dinosaurs then! You got some good bargains too. We’ve just done our toddler boy’s room too, and have bought those Malm drawers too – they are awesome aren’t they – so much space! Sabrina x #HomeEtc

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    Aaah what a lovely little room for a tiny boy!! My two littles are obsessed with dinosaurs too! They were given some sweet little knitted ones last year β€” they love them πŸ™‚ The dino lights you’ve found are fab! Especially as they’re battery powered β€” perfect for a kids room! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with us β€” hope to see you next time πŸ™‚ #HomeEtc

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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    Aaah what a lovely little room for a tiny boy!! My two littles are obsessed with dinosaurs too! They were given some sweet little knitted ones last year β€” they love them πŸ™‚ The dino lights you’ve found are fab! Especially as they’re battery powered β€” perfect for a kids room! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with us β€” hope to see you next time πŸ™‚ #HomeEtc

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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    Oh gosh this is lovely! I adore it πŸ™‚ Harry LOVES dinosaurs and would love this. I wasn’t sure whether to go cars or this for his, and went cars (how cliche!). Thanks very much for linking up πŸ™‚ Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

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      I could easily have gone for trains with Ben, but I’m not sure how long his train obsession will last, whereas I think dinosaurs will last a bit longer. I’ve loved linking up – I often read the linky but don’t have anything to add!

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    Oh gosh this is lovely! I adore it πŸ™‚ Harry LOVES dinosaurs and would love this. I wasn’t sure whether to go cars or this for his, and went cars (how cliche!). Thanks very much for linking up πŸ™‚ Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

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      I could easily have gone for trains with Ben, but I’m not sure how long his train obsession will last, whereas I think dinosaurs will last a bit longer. I’ve loved linking up – I often read the linky but don’t have anything to add!

  13. Reply

    You’ve done such a great job. I’m quite conscious of changing tastes too so stick to pale walls and then change the accessories depending on what they like at any given time. Wall stickers are a genius idea, aren’t they?!

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      Absolutely! Wall stickers all the way… I’m giving dinosaurs a maximum of 2 years.

  14. Reply

    You’ve done such a great job. I’m quite conscious of changing tastes too so stick to pale walls and then change the accessories depending on what they like at any given time. Wall stickers are a genius idea, aren’t they?!

    1. Reply

      Absolutely! Wall stickers all the way… I’m giving dinosaurs a maximum of 2 years.

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