Nautical Nights – A rustic & watery bedroom perfect for a teenage boy

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Rustic nautical teen boy bedroom ideas

Hello there! I’m Dawn, from, and I’m back this month with a new mood board for your decoration inspiration. A few months ago, I put together a Bohemian inspired mood board for a teenage girls bedroom, and I figured this month was a good one to even the scales and design something for a teenage boy. What I came up with was a rustic nautical space that mixes some fun elements in with some more grown up decor. But before we get too far, let me show you some of my inspiration photos:
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Aren’t they beautiful? I love how each space feels nautical, but none of them are ‘theme’ rooms, ya know? It’s so much more inviting and cozy that way. They also all incorporate texture and a bit of rustic charm in just the right dose. With all that inspiration in mind, I came up with my own teen boy space:

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For my space, I really wanted to keep in mind that this is a room for a boy in between a grown up and a little kid. I wanted to mix in elements of both, keeping it fun, but certainly not childish. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re looking to pull off a similar style:

• Be bold, but not loud. By this I mean, that in this room, I definitely wanted it to read nautical, but not annoyingly so. To make sure it came across in the right dose, I incorporated some elements, like the two large framed ship paintings or the anchor pillow, that are unmistakably and literally ocean themed. However for most other elements in the room, I stuck to pieces that were more subtle. I looked for items that are reminiscent of what you might expect to find in a beach house, or on an old ship (like a mirror wrapped in rope, that also resembles a porthole).

• Mix neutrals with deep rich color. I feel like one of the biggest keys to pulling off this look is the color palette. It’s hard to pull off nautical without blue and red in the mix, but a lot of more childish nautical spaces tend toward bright, vivid reds and blues. To keep things a little more mature, I stuck with various neutral shades— creams, tans, golds, and browns, and mixed in deep, slightly muted colors. The more toned down color palette has a slightly worn, faded-over-time look to it. I collected pieces that make me picture a ships cabin or a weathered seaside cottage. One of my favorites is that side table that looks like it was carved out of driftwood!

• Keep things masculine, but fun. This is another tricky mix. To get the right balance, I used several rustic pieces with dark metal elements (like the light fixture, desk, lamp, and stool), and mixed those very masculine pieces with a few more fun ones (like the colorful pendants, the variety of pillows, and the anchor artwork). It’s all about balance!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this rustic and watery mood board today. If you would like to see more of my mood board posts, you can view them all here. You can also visit me at my blog, Designing Dawn, or on the social medias (links below in my bio). Thanks again to the Remodelaholic team for having me back. See you next month with more decoration inspiration!


See more from Dawn:

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More teen boy room inspiration:

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Dawn is one half of the team behind the creative blog, AD Aesthetic. By day she works as the VP of Creative for a design and marketing company (getting paid to make things look good!), while by night she renovates her Midwest home, refinishes thrift-store furniture for fun, and works with her husband on raising two tiny humans. Dawn believes in the potential to design your surroundings and your life one day at a time, and lives by the motto, 'Make everything beautiful.' Get to know her better by visiting her blog,, or following along on Facebook and Instagram.

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  1. I’d like to remodel my boys room using what I currently have if possible. I’m currently using a bunk bed that can be twin beds, but my boy is now 15, and he’s so tall. I’d like to teen up this bedroom and make him feel older in doing so. What can be done here?
    Well idk how to include a photo, so I guess I’ll wait to figure that out. Haha!