Ah, the bedroom: an all-too-brief pit stop between your little one’s nursery days and the “how-the-heck-are-you-a-teenager-already?” moments to come. The secret to getting it right is finding the right balance.
You want to create a space that reflects their advancing maturity and anticipates future needs. But while your developing child may be growing up, they are not there yet. Growing up is fun, and the bedroom should be too!
Start with a beautiful room—the kind of room you can see your future teen enjoying—and then focus on introducing the key element of fun. Add a touch of whimsy with polka dots or a glittery accent wall, and build on your child’s passions. If they're a book-lover, consider creating a cozy reading nook. Prima ballerina? How about a dance barre? It’s doesn’t take much to make your child's dreams come true, and you can always update these elements as they grow.
Need a little inspiration? These 21 fun and creative bedroom ideas will help you make your child’s space as special as they are.
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Costume Play Stage
Recreate this adorable costume play zone designed by Erin of House of Turquoise. With an elegant costume closet and curtained-off stage—complete with seats for an adoring audience—this simple DIY idea is a dream come true.
Are you looking for a cheap an easy way to put your child in the spotlight? Instead of spending money on expensive curtain hardware, pick up a curved shower rod and try mounting it directly to the wall.Continue to 2 of 21 below.
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What better way to encourage creativity than with a beautiful purpose-built art center?
With plenty of attractive storage for arts and craft supplies, a simple desk that doubles as a homework zone, and a place to display your daughter’s one-of-a-kind creations, this colorful little workstation, spotted on Color Made Happy, is as practical as it is pretty. What’s more, rollaway storage carts make it easy to move the crafting party to a bigger space when needed. Genius!Continue to 3 of 21 below.
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Cozy Reading Nook
Want to encourage your daughter to read? Why not create an inviting space to curl up and get lost in a book?
A simple tent furnished with comfy cushions makes for a cozy little nook in this dusty pink room designed by The Grit and Polish.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Ombre the Sea
This enchanting mermaid-themed room, created by Nagwa Seif Interior Design, boasts an underwater world of sun-kissed aqua blues that get lighter as you emerge from the deep.
Prefer a more blended and organic Ombre experience? Create your water-colored world with this detailed tutorial.Continue to 6 of 21 below.
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Every teen or preteen—grown-up status notwithstanding—loves feeling like royalty, and a lux bed with lots of soft, billowy fabric will give you that royal feeling every time! Need a little DIY inspiration? Check out these 21 canopy bed ideas you can recreate yourself!Continue to 7 of 21 below.
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The Bright Idea
Clean, bright and beautiful, this vibrant hot pink and orange room by Andrika King Design has a fun, fresh feel. Bold colors enjoy a certain infallible trendiness, never really going out of style, and with a clean white canvas as a backdrop, it’s easy to update the space as your little teen or preteen grows.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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Who wouldn’t love the idea of a secret attic hideout where they can get up, up and away from it all?
One lucky person is the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind space designed by Jenny Tamplin Interiors, which features an envy-inducing passage to peace, cut and framed into the attic above their room.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Under the Canopy
Swaths of gauzy white fabric draped from the ceiling give this bold hot pink and grey room from The Frosted Petticoat a palatial feel, making it the perfect space for a little highness.Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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Are you looking for a way to boost your bedroom’s wow-factor? Look up!
This lovely cottage-inspired room by Kristian Salmon Design lends a bold new vibe to a traditional style with a statement-making candy-striped ceiling in vibrant coral.Continue to 12 of 21 below.
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Board and Batten Beauty
Wainscoting lends a touch of farmhouse charm to any space, but installing it can be tricky and expensive. Want to create a traditional look for less? This bright and beautiful room, designed by Kelly Stivers of Bungalow Blue Interiors, uses inexpensive wood trim painted and mounted directly to the walls to create a traditional “board and batten” look without the traditional cost.
Love this look? Get Kelly's full DIY "board and batten" tutorial right here.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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On-Point Ballet Barre
Want to create a space your little one will love? Start with the thing they are most passionate about.
Lauren, DIY genius and devoted mom behind the popular blog Bless’er House, created this beautiful ballet-themed space for her tiny dancer, Olivia. The pièce de résistance? The ballet barre and dance area where they can practice their passion every day.Continue to 14 of 21 below.
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Half-Pint Paint Job
A partial paint job is a great way to add a touch of color and interest to a clean, contemporary space. It can even make a small room look bigger.
With just the bottom third of the walls painted in light pink, this sweet room, designed by Kathryn of House of Hawkes, gives the impression of high ceilings, making this small space look especially bright and expansive.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Paint Pop Bookcases
Are you craving a little color? Try painting the inside of your bookshelves.
A spicy shade of hot pink adds pop to this simple and beautiful space, spotted on One King’s Lane. The vibrant hue also provides a nice contrast for the shelf décor, making each item stand out.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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This lovely little loft bed spotted on Brit & Co, offers the perfect hideaway for your little one. Just install a tension rod and some adorable curtains, add some comfy cushions and some twinkling fairy lights, and you’ve got one happy little bundle of joy! Best of all, IKEA’s KURA loft bed is a steal at just $179.
Wondering what else you can do with this ultra-versatile bed frame? Get inspired with these 12 Amazing Kura Bed Hacks.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Nothing makes a room pop like a dramatic statement piece. These pretty faux flowers arranged in a row make the perfect wall decoration behind the daybed, in this gorgeous room from Forbes + Masters.Continue to 18 of 21 below.
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Want to create a truly dreamy space for the little preteen or teen in your life? Go unconventional!
Unconventional décor is back and boasting a fresh and modern vibe. House of Harvee blends whimsical traditions with clean, contemporary appeal, creating a cleaner, more casual look. With its airy color scheme and rustic-glam approach to lux living, this beautiful room couldn’t be more creative if it tried!Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Have a glam lover on your hands? Provide a space that shines with shimmering metallic accents, crystals, and plenty of soft textures.
With its glitzy accents, this gold-dusted room from Reena Sotropa couldn’t be more glamorous!Continue to 20 of 21 below.
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Room With a View
A built-in window bench, like beauty by Reena Sotropa, is a wonderful use of space, providing your little one with a comfy place to read, daydream, and entertain their friends.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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A Swinging Good Time
Sweet, pretty, and playful, this beautiful rattan swing, spotted on KJ Design Mortar and Styling, adds a touch of play-inspired whimsy that any little preteen or teen would love. It’s the perfect place for them to read or daydream.