Back when I was very pregnant with second son, my husband and I worked hard to transform our guest room into a big boy room for our soon-to-be-big-brother. It took me forever to figure out what type of theme I wanted to go with for the room since there was nothing in particular that he was really crazy about. I perused the internet for bedding that I liked and found something that I loved at Land of Nod. It was adorable and its buoys reminded me of Maine and the love that my husband and his family have for it. Since the bedding was red, white and blue I decided to go with navy and white stripes for the room. It was a big change from the previous beige that the guest room had been and I was nervous that it would be too much for the room, but I gave it a shot anyway and was pretty happy with the result!
The walls' stripes were made by painting the walls in the dark blue, getting all of the tape in place and painting over all of it with the same blue. This helped to seal any openings in the tape that might allow drips to come through. Once that was all dry, I painted every other stripe between the tape with white to reveal perfectly crisp lines when everything was dry and the tape was off.
For the remainder of the room, I fully embraced the nautical look with some accents that I found at Hobby Lobby including some wooden buoys, two small art pieces, a fishing net that I hung above the bed and a weathered frame for my son's scratch-off travel map that his uncle gave him. I also purchased a red and white striped basket to be used for laundry from Hobby Lobby and the rug, nautical lamp and blue and white stripped storage bin from Target. Additionally, I made a few accents of my own by painting some white lanterns red to look like fishing bobbers (an idea I found on Pinterest), refinishing metal lockers and a dresser that we already had and covering some small square cork boards with red fabric to provide some photo/artwork space. Finally, I found a piece of artwork that was shaped like a boat steering wheel at a local rummage sale, which I painted over to make an entry sign for the bedroom door and I also added some little lobsters, moose and other small accents from our family trips to Maine to complete the room for our son.
For more on this room and some of my other designs & creations, please visit my blog: http://studiomcreationsdesign.blogspot.com/2016/09/nauticalmaine-big-boy-room.html