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Creating a Boy’s Spy Theme Room

Espionage, Intrigue, and the Underworld Unleash a Young Man’s Imagination

© 2012 by Alyssa Davis all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author’s written permission.

A spy’s magnifying glass; photo copyright Endofskull

When it comes decorating ideas for a little girl’s room, there are endless ideas. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for a boy’s room. After your little guy has moved beyond his nursery and car phases, there is little left in the way of decorating ideas.

Instead of being discouraged, try creating a spy theme room. This fun and unusual theme is perfect for your curious young man who wants something a bit different for his bedroom’s décor.

Grey, a Mysterious Wall Color

Say goodbye to the baby blues and hello to shades of grey. Nothing says “spy” like grey and black and bedroom walls; this is the ideal place to create a fun design. Start by priming the walls and then figuring out how you want to paint them.

You might opt to paint the bottom half of the walls a dark grey and the top half a lighter shade to brighten the room up a bit.

Black is often too dark of a color for walls, so instead, pick shades of grey that have that mysterious feel to them without the light blocking black hue. Solid grey walls are also an option.

Vinyl Cling Wall Art

Spies need code words and vinyl cling phrases make the perfect wall art option. Using whatever phrases you would like to include, perhaps “007” or something along those lines, you can order custom-made press-on vinyl graphics.

This is a particularly good option if you rent your home or will be changing the décor in a couple of years and do not want to worry about scraping wallpaper or painting over black lettering.


Bedding and linen that matches the wall color and décor is the best option. A plaid comforter in greys and blacks is a good choice that can last a few years as your son ages and develops a more mature taste. Make sure that the linens match the room’s theme and are comfortable for sleeping.

Designing with Spy Accessories

The accessories in a spy room will be the most fun component of decorating. Instead of a plain overhead light, install one that looks older and more sophisticated. Create a lamp with a base made from binoculars and cover the desktop with a map of the streets of London ( a la Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson) under a glass or Plexiglas® frame.

A bookshelf with a magnifying glass, disappearing ink, and a secret book safe are all part of making the room appear more authentic and fun.

Be sure to get your son’s input on the type of things that he would like to see in his room. Remember that you want the space to last him throughout his teenage years, so any input that he can provide is valuable.

The more invested he is in the creation of the new space, the more likely he is to try and keep it clean. As any parent knows, a clean room is worth any amount of decorating and design effort, especially when you are talking about a boy’s room.

The best part is that decorating a spy themed bedroom will be a great chance for you to bond with your son and spend fun, quality time together. Ideas? Leave a comment below!

About the author:

Home design expert, Alyssa Davis of, is particularly skilled in designing with bathroom wall sculptures and cheap abstract wall art.

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