23 kids' bedroom designs
Get design and decorating ideas for children's rooms, from fun color palettes to clever storage solutions
Up the eco factor
This eco-conscious room uses sustainable resources like no-VOC wall paint and organic cotton bedding to create a healthy place for kids to play. In terms of decorating, an eco-friendly design concept should withstand the trends of time, so that rooms don’t have to be redone as styles change and children grow. In this girl’s room, the palette is neutral, though punches of color appear in transient accessories like the rug and a stuffed animal.
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Craft a clubhouse
Adhesive cork squares allow for changeable wall displays, while the round table and chairs are easy to move for games or other activities.
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Embrace unexpected placement
Art is a sweet surprise when hung for the benefit of those with their head on the pillow.
Create a kid-friendly work space
Adjustable Plexiglas shelves keep everything in this workspace handy but out of the way.
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Use your own heirlooms
To decorate with your own heirlooms, be inventive. Here, a homeowner updated the dresser she used as a kid for her own children's room by updating the handles with yellow spray paint.
Raise your gaze
Draw the eye up (and save your walls from holes) by using the tops of window- and doorframes to showcase small artworks. Color is key: See how the yellow pieces here pop against the robin’s-egg blue.
Be bold with color
This girl's bedroom is a cheerful orange—a happy hue on rainy days.
Go for unplugged fun
If limiting children's time on electronic devices is a priority, make analog toys and activities take center stage in their room's look. In this boys' room, stacks of books and toys like marble runs and wooden cars line the shelves, adding color and excitement.
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Add pops of brightness
The children’s room has its own bathroom and, in keeping with the overall feeling of the home, tons of natural light. The neutral palette allows for bright pops while maintaining the home’s clean, modern style. We built color-blocked cube shelving as an easy storage solution for toys and books.
Make wallpaper the centerpiece
In this girl's bedroom, playful wallpaper graces a single wall—a nice technique for a small space.
Personalize the look
For kids' changing tastes, inexpensive style is the way to go. In this teen boy's room, the album headboard is made of plywood, plexiglass, and vintage album covers found at a recycled books store. The window shade is from Ikea, dressed up with vinyl decals from BLIK Surface Graphics. Customization tip: The plexiglass face on the album headboard can easily be removed to change the album art or insert photos or fabric.
Think outside the box
In need of a space-saving sleep solution, but don't fancy the idea of a bunk bed? Trundle beds work well for older kids and help maximize a small space.
Curate your kids' artwork
Unite kids’ drawings as a collection by using a common color scheme and a grid of frames. Scan sketches and drawings, and then use a digital graphics program (like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop) to add color backgrounds and swap some of the dark lines for white. (You can create a similar effect with colored construction paper and pens in white and dark ink.) White Ribba frames from Ikea ($6.99 per 7- by 91/2-inch frame; ikea.com).
Pare down the materials
Like having too many colors, having too many textures and finishes on the floors and other surfaces can segment a space rather than tie it together. Limiting the number of materials also helps the room feel spacious. In this kids' room, the bamboo shades and orange vinyl love seat provide enough of a contrast while still feeling harmonious.
Add instant cheer
A sunny yellow paint, Benjamin Moore’s Soleil (AF-330), paired with white furnishings creates youthful cheer in this girl’s room. Collage art from Petit Collage and curtain fabric from Sunbrella add bold pops of color. White floral decals from BLIK Surface Graphics are easy to apply and remove, allowing you to add instant, affordable art to any wall with vinyl graphics.
Keep it chic
This room is child-friendly without seeming childish. That means fun elements and colors, private nooks, and areas for kids to express themselves. Flexibility is important in decor as well as function, ensuring that a room isn’t outgrown too quickly. Young kids share a room with a pair of bunk beds for easy sleepovers. Drawers under bottom bunks provide extra storage for toys, games, and clothes.
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Instead of a pink canopy bed this girl's room features sleek modern elements that can easily transition to teenage tastes. The desk is perfect for crafts and homework.
Interrupt the palette
Bold stripes--inspired by a grosgrain ribbon--change the dynamic of this girls' room.
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Choose unique combos
A pink-and-brown floral bedding print and a bright-blue floor make an idiosyncratic combo.
Make art do double duty
Artwork becomes a headboard in this comfy bedroom designed to grow with a young girl.
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Cater to whimsy
Easy-to-apply stick-on circles provide instant art in this boy's room.
Let in light
In this brightly painted and flexibly organized bedroom, steel-troweled golden mustard plaster walls catch the sun in the sleeping alcove.
Hide what you rarely use
Any unused space is fair game for storage. Drawers on casters conceal seldom-used items under the bed. They also work well for storing toys in a cramped room.