orange. airplanes. not girly {shared boy’s bedroom}

I am finally done with the boy’s room. I’d say it was a labor of love, but really it was just more labor…not much fun. The boys had their strong opinions and I wasn’t crazy with most of them. All and all it is their room, so we worked together to do something we all liked. The boys (ages 2, 4, & 6) all share one room for sleeping, clothes and books. A playroom is in the works in another room. Growing up my parents let my sister and I do whatever we wanted in our rooms. Lesley painted her walls black and hot glued all kinds of things all over them. My room was a hodge podge of Waverly fabric.

I wanted the boys to have a room they liked. They wanted an orange room with airplanes. I’m not huge on transportation, but they aren’t huge on doilies so they won that one. We compromised and used orange as an accent instead of painting the walls orange. They were very clear that they did not want it to look ‘girly’.

Planes. Orange. Not Girly. Their room.

The painting was a family portrait by Biggest Brother…two years ago. The wood portrait of Biggest Brother was done by my grandpa on his scroll saw, 4 years ago. The climbing guy was one of my 9th grade art projects. It is a paper mache. My mom gave it to the boys and they wanted it displayed. Bummer. He is really wonky.


The curtains are hiding two dressers that don’t match and are missing knobs!

Big Brother (4 years old) gets to pick the pictures that go on his clipboards. I love that he wanted one of his baby sister.

Biggest Brother wanted to tape Lego Star Wars characters on the wall. We compromised by making a little paper banner with his cutouts.For those that are wondering:

Beds: IKEA

Polka Dot Sheets: Target, discontinued

Orange blankets: Pottery Barn kids

Curtain: Made from IKEA fabric, white shower curtain, ‘newsprint’ fabric

Shades: Roller shades from Lowes, Happy Tape on the bottom

Paper Airplane Decals: Uppercase Living (thanks Carrie…I finally finished!)

Custom “Retrospective” Artwork: Simply Create

Pendant Lamp: IKEA

3 Piece Airplane painting: I made this with a paint pen. I don’t really like it, but there are other things I want to do before messing with it again.


I am SO EXCITED to start on the playroom. The boys don’t care it if is ‘girly’ or not since Baby Sister will be playing in there too. That means free creative license for me. I have fought the urge to work on it and forced myself to finish the boys room before I could begin the playroom. YEAH….no more orange airplanes!!!!

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  • Sarah - Love it! What brand and color is the wall paint? It’s just perfect!

  • Jenn - This is quite possibly the coolest boys’ bedroom I have ever seen. Nice job! :)

  • Erin - love your boys’ room! I know others have asked, but I didn’t see the answer posted- what paint color did you use for your orange? It’s great!

  • Phoebe - So cute and clever…I love it! You’ve given me some inspiration for my son’s room – he wants a “Science” room. I’m stealing some of your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing – I’ll have to share some photos too when we’re done.

  • Andrea - What are the room demensions? I have three little guys and we have been tossing around the idea of putting them all in the same room and doing something very similar with beds and such and just trying to get a visual. Thank you for sharing your inspiring room!

  • Brittany - We have been looking all over for a slatted bed frame like in this room. Where is it from?? I thought Ikea had them but I can’t find it on their website.

  • Maribeth - Thank you for the inspiration! I have three boys (Asher 5, Emerson 2 and Jonas 9mo). I’m working on a shared space for them as well. I love that you didn’t go overboard with theme. Very well put together!


  • Keisa - I love this room! It’s absolutely wonderful. What is the paint color and brand?

  • Britney {Jesse's Girl} - Love this room! The “SOAR” is too cute! Awesome job!

  • Jo Appleton - I love the look you’ve created here! I would have never thought to use orange as an accent colour but it looks fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • Jessi - Hi Ashley! Do you remember the paint color on the walls in the boys bedroom?


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  • LaurenR - The custom 3 piece airplane is the best part! Don’t change it :)

  • Maca - Love this room! Please tell us the details of the color you used for the walls. Thanks.

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    Love the decor! Can you please let us know what color is on the walls? Its tough to find a Gray that works!

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  • Candace Barbee - Where did you get the platform bed?

  • Taryn - Love this room. Would you mind sharing the paint color for the walls?

  • Roxanne - I absolutely love this color combo! I’m curious to know what kind of dresser/chest that you used to match the room decor??? Thx!!!

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