Whether you’re pulling together that first big-boy room or designing something with a teen in mind, finding the right paint color for your son’s room can be a challenge. Looking for a modern shade that will stand the test of time—not to mention the wear and tear of an energetic boy? We’ve got you covered.
Take the guesswork out of color selection with this handy-dandy roundup featuring a handful of our favorite no-fail shades for boys. These stylish colors come complete with our best advice on everything from undertones to accent pairings, making it easy to pull together the perfect palette. So go ahead! Try a fresh take on a traditional blue, or a deep, dramatic neutral, like charcoal or navy. With colors like these, you can’t go wrong.
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Aquatic dreams come to life with Benjamin Moore's Pool Blue. Perfect for a beachy, surfer-themed space, this medium aqua would pair beautifully with energetic citrus tones creating a bright, breezy space that’s as energy-packed as your little dude.
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Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams is the gray that does it all. This light gray shade boasts very subtle brown and purple undertones. Its brown tone isn't quite enough to be considered "greige," but it's just enough to soften the color, adding depth and warmth.
Have a bright, open space with lots of windows? A warm and cozy gray is your best bet. Light exposure can blanch out cooler grays, exposing cold, gloomy tones, while warm undertones help to prevent washout. That said, this versatile color is light and bright enough to work even in smaller, darker spaces.
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Much like navy, a rich, dark green is actually fairly neutral, especially when subdued with subtle gray tones. Backwoods by Benjamin Moore is the perfect blend of bold hunter green mixed with blue-gray undertones, creating a rich and moody shade that won’t overpower your space.
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A golden shade of mustard yellow, Turmeric by Behr is as rich as its namesake. Paired with white or gray, this dramatic shade never fails to create a bright a modern boy's room.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Love the vintage industrial look? Cool Metalwork Gray by Glidden is your go-to gray. This medium ash gray boasts a definitive blue wash, giving it a cool, clean feel that screams industrial charm, especially when set against a lighter gray. Pair with medium to dark woods and metal accents to achieve that boyish industrial charm.
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Tupelo Tree by Sherwin-Williams is a mossy-hued green with a touch of yellow, giving it an authentic “army green” look that any little soldier would love. Pair with earthy browns to complete the camo-inspired effect.
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Fresh and inviting, Benjamin Moore’s Lime Sorbet has the perfect blend of blue and yellow tones, resulting in a somewhat minty green that’s not quite pastel and therefore not overly girly. Pair with a rich navy or a blue-gray accent hue for a look that’s all-boy.
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Navy has long been a go-to shade for boy’s rooms, and with good reason. Bold, and yet surprisingly neutral, navy makes a statement that will take your kiddo from crib to college. Looking for a weighty, color-saturated hue that won’t disappoint? Look no further than Cosmic Sapphire.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Rich and moody, “Stormy Skies” by The Spruce is a dark shade of charcoal blue that adds a touch of sophistication to the traditional blue boy’s room. Use as an accent against a light silver gray or pair with fresh white trim.