7 Top Decorating Ideas for Kids’ Rooms

Written By Alla Levin
December 03, 2021
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7 Top Decorating Ideas for Kids’ Rooms

Designing a kid’s room can be an enjoyable process – it’s the perfect opportunity to release your inner child and go wild with creativity! However, decorating your child’s room is also an exercise in restraint.

While you may want to give your little one everything you wanted when you were a child, letting loose with an uncoordinated mishmash of neons, pastels, glitter, and animal prints can look like an unappealing dog’s breakfast when you’re done. Plus, it may not age well.

But that’s not to say that harnessing all the most admirable qualities that we love about children – like whimsy, creativity, fantasy, etc. – and incorporating them into the bedroom can’t create a spectacular space for your child to relax or play. Here are the best decorating tips to help you create a bedroom where your child can grow and flourish.

Color Scheme

The trick to choosing a color scheme that won’t be outgrown or become dated is to pick a neutral color to paint the walls. The muted color will serve as a base or blank canvas that will be versatile enough to accommodate a child’s rapidly evolving tastes.

If you want to add more colors or patterns, try to keep it to just one wall. If you can’t resist going two-tone, you could paint the ceiling a different color.

If you want to add some wallpaper, try to choose a pattern that isn’t intrusive enough to dominate the entire room. Neutral shades like greys or muted blues won’t go out of date, and they will go with almost anything.

Decorating Ideas for Kids Rooms: Storage Pieces

An organized room relies on good storage – but for a kid’s room, having good storage pieces is even more important. The closet, bench, coat rack, and dresser for kids room should all be at a child-friendly height to encourage them to use them.

Adding a few other storage pieces like bins, shelves, chests, and baskets will help your child stay more organized and keep the toys neatly out of sight – whatever you choose, make sure it is functional, attractive, and, most importantly, fun.

Versatile Furniture

Choosing furniture that has dual uses is the best way to stay within your budget and make the most of the available space. Chests of drawers can be used as baby-changing stations, and then you can revert them back to their original purpose when your child gets older. When shopping for your child’s furniture, choose pieces that can serve duel purposes – think shelves that can double as a desk later, beds with drawers in the base, bunk beds that can be rearranged to form a desk, etc.

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If your decorating budget is on the smaller side, keep an eye out for bargains, and bear in mind that persistence pays off when you’re looking for a specific feature piece.

A feature piece for your child’s room should be special, but it takes patience and time to find the perfect item to bring everything together – whether it’s an antique storage chest, an unusual wardrobe, or a unique bed frame.

If you can’t spare the time searching for a feature piece, you can upcycle or modernize an existing item with a coat of new paint and some creativity.

Décor and Accessories

When keeping walls minimal, adding removable vinyl stickers, wall hangings, or bunting can add a point of interest and a splash of color – and the best part is that they can easily be removed when your child’s tastes change.

For a wall feature that will spark creativity, consider installing some chalkboard or painting a section of the wall with chalkboard paint.

Lightinglighting plays an important role.

When decorating any room, lighting plays an important role. Decorating a child’s room is no different. You can create warm and practical layers of light with fixtures at different heights, or you can use several lighting methods to light up your child’s space.

Task lighting should be installed above the desk and bed for reading and homework, spotlights can add warmth, fairy lights add dreamy ambiance, and lampshades on the ceiling fixtures can help balance the room.

For children afraid of the dark, having the warm glow of a friendly nightlight or fairy lights can add extra comfort and reassurance.

Cozy Areas

It’s important to remember that children’s rooms aren’t just for sleeping in – they should also be places for playing, studying, and quiet contemplation. Creating functional areas in a child’s bedroom can define when it’s time for serious activities like studying or sleeping and when it’s time to be less serious.

Placing a bean bag or hanging chair in a corner will create a book nook to encourage reading, a desk will promote art and studies, and a fort, tent, or mini teepee will encourage cozy relaxation or playtime.

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