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My Nephew’s Caribbean Themed Bedroom; Before & After

By 08/14/2022August 16th, 202217 Comments

This teen bedroom update started with a love for the beach and a colourful mood board. Here’s a tour of a Caribbean themed bedroom makeover for my nephew.


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Caribbean bedroom inspiration and mood board

Markus messaged me a few months ago and said “I’m getting a room makeover, can you help me?”

“Of course”, I replied.

The next 3 evenings he came over and we sat in front of my laptop and created mood boards. This is just one of them (below).

The way to get the most beautiful room is to start with a mood board, then you can see almost exactly what it will look like and also whether the colours all work together. 

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Best to lay it all out in front of you just like this (below).

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We started with this turquoise dresser (below) which came over from William’s room. William is the scientist in the family so he’s got lots of projects and 3-D printing going on, there was no room for this piece of furniture in his room:

The room before happened to have a turquoise accent wall in it already:

I suggested a mural to go with this carribean colour. We were so thrilled when EazyWallz offered to sponsor the mural here.

We took the flamingo beach idea to HomeSense and gathered some art for the headboard wall!

The sandy beach in the mural makes the pink beige carpet in this room look exactly right. My 13 year old nephew Markus loves squishmallows. The reason there’s a blank spot in the upper right corner of this room (above) is because a hammock with a pile of them was immediately installed there, after this photo shoot!

More bedroom colour details

I also chose a pink beige off-the-shelf roman shade to relate to the ‘sandy’ theme.

Notice I’m breaking the clean vs. dirty rule here.

Read more: 3 Surprising Reasons the Colour Scheme Looks Dirty 

Speaking of kids rooms, in this case, we made the pink beige carpet work but since most kids bedrooms are small, I wouldn’t work that hard to try and make the carpet coordinate with everything else. Kids rooms are all about their STUFF and that, in my opinion is more important!

Then I received an email from an artist asking if I’d be interested in one of these fabulous wooden birds (below). Markus thought the Flamingo was the one that belonged in this beach so that’s the one he chose.

It’s a mobile! So it moves with the slightest breeze!

Here’s the dresser which was the starting point. I thought it would be fun to paint the closet the same shade.

By the way, I use a small squishmallow (below) whenever I’m on a plane behind my back. They are easy to carry and whatever they are stuffed with is supremely comfortable and they are totally washable. My sister has a large one that she uses as the most comfortable throw pillow and then stores it behind the sofa (feather pillows stick into her).

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Rattan table lamp | Electric keyboard 


Headboard | Nightstand | Flamingo | Rattan Armchair | Turquoise Lamp | Mural | Desk | Swivel chair

Murals are such a great way to create a starting point for a kids bedroom! I did that with this teenage girls room here.

Terreeia and I are off to Nelson for our vacation for two weeks, we rented a cottage by the lake!

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  • Sue in NC says:

    A fun room.The Pelican is a great accent as well.

  • Karen says:

    You’ve made some great memories working on this room together Way to go!

  • Lina Hines says:

    This room looks amazing! What a fun and creative space for your nephew to be in!! I love the closet storage system too. Do you know where it is from?

  • Melissa says:

    The closet really is fun; great idea. Love the bright colors and the art placement. If you can’t enjoy color as a child and carry over that enthusiasm into life beyond, it’s truly a loss. Fortunately you’re there to help your sister and nephew bring that love of color and life to fruition.

  • Ro Walsh says:

    Hi Maria!

    Wow, what a beautiful room!! What are the names/make of the 2 paint color you used?

    Thanks & have a great vacation!!

  • Glenda says:

    You’ll LOVE Nelson, make sure you go to the Kootenay Coop for your groceries. Baker Street has the best shops. Take an architecture tour, more Victorian homes to see than you could do in 2 weeks.

  • Bette says:

    Love how the sandy beach of the mural ties perfectly into the existing carpet. Such a great room and a really lucky nephew!

  • Lorena says:

    I love kids’ rooms with a well though out theme, it really helps them to develop creativity, inventiveness and encourages imagination. Well done.

  • Nancy says:

    What a fun room !
    Makes me want to go to the beach .
    Love the colors !
    He will
    Love that room for many years !

  • Kim says:

    Ahhhh! Feels refreshing and relaxing…instant vacation! Love it!

  • Kim M says:

    What a colorful, FUN room for Markus! My sister and I shared a bedroom growing up and I clearly recall our parents letting us choose colors. We had purple walls and a shag carpet in a mix of blue, green and purple. I just wish we’d had Squishmallows way back then!

  • Sandra B says:

    Maria – love the room – esp the flamingo! But what are ‘squishmallows”? and Where in the room are they (it)?
    Thanks. Enjoy your vacation…

  • Jane Beard says:

    First, he’s lucky to have you in the family! What a sweetheart he looks to be. Second, for the first time, I’m convinced that it’s worth it to paint a closet. I have a walk in about which I’ve always been, “whatever” — but this sold me. Now, I have to pick the color….

  • Diane says:

    What a happy room with such beautiful colors. And nephews are so fun.

    I LOVE Nelson – I’m sure you and Terreeia will have a lovely time.

  • Wow. This is such a fun room. I especially love the collage on the wall and that Blue Dresser. Just wow.

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