What Are The Kids Room Design Ideas?

If you're planning to add a kid's room to your home, you'll want to make sure it's designed just the way they like it. But how do you know what design ideas are popular with kids these days? Keep reading for some great tips on creating a space that your kids will love!

Pick Your Theme Wisely.

Babcock suggests choosing a theme that can grow with your child. "Children's rooms don't have to be overly juvenile to be joyful and age-appropriate spaces," she says. For example, if you live in a coastal area, a nautical theme works for younger children and older ones, with touches such as framed flags, black-and-white pictures of sailboats, and a buoy hanging on the wall as art.

Fantasy themes are another idea because teenagers may appreciate them as much as toddlers. When decorating the room for a younger child, try peel-and-stick decals of woodlands and fairies. Older kids may like framed covers of popular fantasy books or sculptures of fantasy figures displayed on shelves.

Be Smart About Furniture.

Invest in furniture that can change function as your children get older, says Babcock. An example is bunk beds that can convert into twin beds as siblings grow up. "With slight rearrangements, you can transform a craft or play area for a younger child into a lounge or study space for an older one, but you need to buy pieces that change as they do," she says.

Thomas adds to her advice by suggesting that parents buy basic wood furniture pieces from Crate & Barrel, Room & Board, and Pottery Barn Kids, which can be easily updated with a simple paint job. "Customising the colours based on your child's current age and you to make the pieces more unique and personal," he says. "This works well to transform toy chests, desks, and beds."

Make Art Personal

Skip expensive artwork. Thomas recommends buying a selection of picture frames (hit up One Kings Lane, Wayfair, and IKEA) to create a gallery wall. It's easy to swap out the images in the frames as your child grows, from vintage children's book illustrations to family photos.

Babcock likes the idea of framing a few personal items, like outgrown baby shoes, clothes, or special toys. Or better yet, choose favourite pieces of your child's artwork to frame and hang. 

Get Creative With The Walls.

Why stick to plain painted walls when you can have fun playing with different design features instead? Thomas loves dry erase boards, which give your kids the freedom to redecorate every day depending on their mood, drawing polka dots, stripes, or simple landscapes.

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is also a great option since it's not permanent, and you can easily install it yourself. Babcock says that it allows you to completely change the feel of a room without an enormous mess or investment in both money and time. 

Also, consider buying a simple stencil at a craft store or on Etsy. "You can transform a closet into a secret reading nook with a can of paint and a stencil, and if your child outgrows it, it's easy to paint over again," says Babcock.

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Change Sheets And Accessories.

Mixing and matching top and bottom sheets and pillowcases gives infinite colour, pattern, and texture options. Buy a few sets of inexpensive sheets from retailers such as Serena & Lily, Pottery Barn Kids, and One Kings Lane. Changing the bedding, throw pillows, and other small accessories are a wallet-friendly alternative to buying new furniture as your child grows up.

"If your little girl wants a unicorn-themed room, let her have unicorn sheets and accents, which can be easily switched out for scalloped edge bedding and sports trophies when she gets older," says Babcock.

Experiment With Lighting

Take a selection of inexpensive lighting fixtures and group them to transform them into a larger and more unique piece. "Combining small lamps, mobiles, and toys into mini chandeliers…these pieces become a work of art in themselves," says Thomas. "You can change the presentation to create new pieces for your kids as they get older."

For example, Thomas recently took four individual sailboat models that were nightlights and had each rewired to be mounted on a simple four-arm chandelier frame. The result added impact and personality to the room, he says.

Invest In Shelving

And finally, the one area worth investing in your kids' room is the shelving, says Thomas, because if it has been well-designed, it is timeless and can grow with your child. "They can tell stories about themselves through the trophies, books, and accessories they choose to display," he says.

Get Your Kids Involved

When designing a kid's bedroom, we think the best starting point is to get them involved. Let them be part of the process, helping you pick colours, patterns and themes. Of course, you can have a fair few vetoes, but the room must reflect their personality as well as your style. 

Children can help decorate their rooms by choosing the colours, choosing fabrics for curtains and blinds, or creating a piece of artwork that will become a masterpiece in their room.

Choosing cushions and decorative items, such as wall hangings or garlands, are a great way to encourage your little one to get involved in designing their bedroom. Younger children are unusually excited about painting or adding stickers to the walls.

Start With The Perfect Colour Scheme 

If you are designing a kid's room totally from scratch, the best place to start is the colour scheme. It can be a tricky choice as you want it to reflect your child's taste but still have longevity, so you aren't painting the whole room every few months. So we asked the experts:

I was naturally drawn to pink, but now I am more open to softer neutral colours, such as duck egg, teal with hints of mustard and greys or tan.' says Medina. 'It also depends on who we are designing room four and their preference. Recently we have been taken on several projects which have been gender-neutral rooms where parents have requested that we not lean towards pinks or Blues. A design scheme is more enjoyable when no specific colour scheme is required, and the design team can experiment.

Always Be Thinking About Storage 

Storage is essential in a kid's bedroom. But, of course, it would help if you had plenty of different types too – storage that's accessible so kids can help themselves to toys, storage for clothes, bedding, books, and more toys. So go for a mix of storage furniture like drawers and wardrobes and add smaller accessories like boxes, bins and baskets. 

Add Nostalgic Charm With Vintage Finds

Not all kids' room ideas need to be modern – there's something to be said for incorporating furniture, accessories or wall patterns that has a more nostalgic feel to them.

We love the elephant patterned wallpaper and vintage-style furniture in this bedroom design below by Katharine Pooley. It would work well for a nursery bedroom, a toddler, or even in a baby's room as the bed could be used as a daybed until they're old enough to sleep out of the cot. In addition, under-bed trundle storage keeps toys and clutter out of sight.

Create A Den-Like Space In An Alcove

Got a nook in your kid's bedroom? Why not use that dead space and turn it into a den-like space with curtains that you can draw over to add cosiness and privacy. In this girl's bedroom, a practical desk and extra storage have been added to give a very grown-up dressing room that any child would love to play in and then use for homework when they get older. 

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Pick A Theme That Kids Dream Of 

No matter how old your child is, they will remember the bedroom they grew up in, so we think they should be the most magical spaces. So take a theme that your child loves: princesses, pirates, Minions, rainbows, whatever, and run with it. 

Andreia Tavares of Circu Magical Furniture says that 'every kid dreams. So try to bring it to reality. A kid's bedroom is the most special division when designing a home or a project because it's the room where you can use your imagination and try to picture what could make them happy.'

The use of colour and fun elements such as wallpaper with geometrical patterns always adds a familiar character. The kid's bedroom is supposed to be both fun and safe at the same time. Of course, every kid is different, but they all want to have fun and bring their wildest dreams to reality.

Play With Oversized Accessories

This one's just a bit of fun: we're all familiar with Miffy's uncomplicated design, but we recently spotted an oversized Miffy lamp in one of Gachot's projects and immediately fell in love. The design of the Miffy floor lamp is super playful while still fitting in with a Scandi-inspired scheme in this boy's bedroom.

Transform Cupboard Doors Into An Art Display

Interior designer Naomi Clarke made these bright yellow cupboards to hide away kids' clutter, but as well as handy storage, they double up as display frames for children's artwork. We've never seen such a chic way to display all the lovely pictures children bring home; it beats having them cluttering up the fridge door.

Paint (Or Commission) A Mural

Murals are a lovely kid's bedroom idea, adding whimsy and personality. There are plenty of lovely designs available that you can hang just like wallpaper, but for a unique look, why not commission a design that's full of things your child loves. For example, you could add their pets, hobbies and favourite characters.

Fancy having a crack yourself but worried about making mistakes? Consider chalkboard paint as a backdrop, using chalk pens to create a mural over time. And the kids can get involved too, it will feel like they are being given the freedom to draw all over the walls, but you will know better. 

Create A Mini Mezzanine

You don't need a huge amount of ceiling height to create a mini mezzanine that can be used as either a sleeping area or play space, and it doubles your floor space.

This tiny kid's room sits above the living room, on a mezzanine level that overlooks the dining space below through a glass wall. A raised mezzanine area with a built-in bed plays on the multi-level theme. 

Use Alcoves For Extra Storage

Kids' rooms are often the smallest or most awkwardly shaped in the house, so trying to squeeze in extra storage can be tricky. But be inspired by this small boy's bedroom and make the most of an awkward corner by adding shelving and making it fun with some whimsical wallpaper.

Swap An Armchair For A Swing Seat

Because why have a bog-standard chair when you can have a more playful swing seat? They make for a lovely focal point and can be a relaxing place for reading. Just be sure they are hung by a professional, and your child is always supervised when using them. 

Get Creative With Your Storage

Since storage is essential in a kid's room, make it fun and blend it in with the room's theme. Who knows, maybe it will encourage them to tidy up. Pinch the idea from this room and hang cute labelled buckets from the wall that they can grab for playtimes and then clean up and hang back up when done. These would be great for things like socks and underwear too.  

Decorating Ideas For Kids' Rooms

To help your kids stay organised, keep things at their height. You will use closet storage, benches and coat racks more often if kids can get to them easily. Also, try adding a few bins to conceal their toys and other items.

Most craft and hobby stores sell an additive to paint that allows it to glow in the dark. For example, try painting stars and a moon on your child's ceiling or a cityscape around the edge of the room. It will get them excited about turning out the lights at night.

Try creating a continuous art centre by painting a wall with chalkboard paint. You can get chalkboard paint in the colour of your choice.

Removable wall decals are becoming increasingly affordable, and the range of patterns and styles grows every day. Call them temporary wall tattoos and let your kid have fun decorating their room in a way you know you won't have to fix later.

Kids are collectors, so make collecting easy. Pictures and postcards don't always have to be stuck to a corkboard. Try hanging them from strings in front of a window or clipping them to a string along the wall to create an interactive border in a room.

All kids want display space. Galvanised metal is fairly inexpensive and can be purchased in sheets at most home improvement stores. Just mount on the wall, and you have an instant magnetic board.

Check your local art and crafts store for peel-and-stick cork. You can cut out any shape, peel off the backing and attach it to any wall for fun pin-up space. 

Rather than a traditional growth chart, put a border around the room. Each month you can use non-toxic, water-based paint to put the child's handprint on the border. Watch them grow together.

Be sure to include multiple kinds of lighting in a kid's room. Of course, overall lighting is a necessity, but so is a reading light. It may even help them find the bathroom in the middle of the night.

If you are painting a dresser or other furniture, you know the child will grow out of being sure to let them help. The child could also put their signature on it with personal handprints or fingerprints for a polka-dot design.

Conclusion

So, whether you're looking for kids' room design ideas to get started or are just curious about what other parents have done, we hope this article has given you a few good places to start.

What kind of theme would your child like for their new room? Have you already started planning or painting? We want to hear all about it in the comments! And if you need some more help along the way, don't forget that our team is always available to give you a hand.

FAQs About Home Builders

Dressers are one of the most necessary pieces of furniture to include in a kid's bedroom (or any bedroom, really!). Even if they have a good-sized closet, you'll be grateful for all the extra storage space you can get.

Choose multi-functional items, like a bench or ottoman with built-in storage space to maximise space. Give the room personality along with valuable storage space by using creative items like refurbished lockers or fun, colourful canvas baskets to store items.

For homeowners or renting privately, the present guidelines are that once a child reaches the age of 10 years, ideally, they should not want room share with a sibling of the opposite sex.

While it's not illegal for them to share, it's recommended that children over the age of 10 have their bedrooms – even if they're siblings or step-siblings. We know this isn't always possible. If kids are sharing, try to have regular conversations about their feelings.

Becoming more independent is a normal part of the developmental process, and a messy room is an easy, safe way to declare that independence. Arguing won't change that, but setting a few sensible family rules can make things easier. The main rule is to live messy but not health-threatening.

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