Kirby’s big boy bedroom

Kirby's big boy bedroom

I’m so happy to finally show you Kirby’s big boy bedroom. I did it up in time for his birthday in January, but I couldn’t decide if I should get curtains for his room or just have the blinds, so I never took photos of it. The other day I updated some baskets in his room with bold red stripes, so I pulled out the camera and took pictures of the rest of the room too.

Kirby has the smallest bedroom in the house, but his little room has actually gone though the most changes in the 10 years we’ve lived here.

It started off as a cramped and claustrophobic craft room/ junk room with dark blue fitted carpet, awkward built in furniture, and only one working light fitting (the reading light in the old bed nook). It was disaster. I hated being in there and it shows.

Kirby's big boy bedroom

When we expected Aoife, we ripped out the carpet and put down wooden flooring, ripped out the built in furniture and re-plastered the walls, rewired the entire room and put in more electrical sockets, rehung the door and moved the radiator from the side wall to under the window. It made such a difference!

Kirby's big boy bedroom

So turning it into Kirby’s room was quite easy in comparison! A lick of paint, some fun, new bits and I was done.

I painted it the same colour I have in the craft room, Dulux Velvet Touch 5 , which is so easy to live with. It has become my go to colour around the house because it looks brilliant in every room. I then added in red and yellow bits and pieces. He absolutely loves red so that was a must. It is so fresh! I love it!

Kirby's big boy bedroom

Kirby is absolutely crazy about anything transport related, especially cars, and says he wants to be a sailor when he grows up, so I wanted to give the room a bit of a transport theme without going completely over the top. I don’t really like heavily themed rooms. I also wanted it to grow with him. It’s quite sweet right now, but I have some fun ideas for making it cooler as he grows older. Brick wallpaper anyone?

I found the four vintage style posters through Fine Art Print on Amazon. It took a while, but Kirby and I eventually picked out posters advertising the Monaco grand prix in 1956 and Le Mans in 1963, as well as  posters of an ocean liner, and planes. I stuck them in some Ribba frames from IKEA.

Kirby's big boy bedroom

I hung the DIY distressed name canvas over the bookcase at the bottom of his bed. The bookcase doubles as toy storage. He still keeps most of his toys downstairs, so when he gets a little bit older we will have to rethink the toy storage up here. For now, this works.

Kirby's big boy bedroom

He got the Paradiso double sided play mat for Christmas and absolutely loves it. I love it too. It’s so sturdy and we have a lot of fun playing with it.

Kirby's big boy bedroom

On the other side of the room is his wardrobe and chest of drawers. I took that picture of his feet when he was a few weeks old, and had it made into a canvas print. I also painted a wooden K the same red as his name canvas. We chose a low wardrobe so he can put stuff on top of it when he’s a bit older.

Kirby's big boy bedroom

Lastly, the 12″ red metal lampshade is his absolute pride and joy! He loves that thing and is very proud of himself for picking it out! He obviously loves lamps as much as I do.

And that’s Kirby lovely little room.

What home decor items are you obsessed with?


  1. That IS a gorgeous lampshade! his room looks fab, very inviting xx

  2. Well done! the room looks really cute!

  3. It looks great, so bright and fresh. I like that it’s not too themed so it’s easy to change as he grows without having to have a major overhaul x
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