The best designed kids' rooms are playful, fun, and imaginative without being overly childish, celebrating the charm of childhood while leaving room for them to grow. Kids' rooms should meet their current needs while remaining flexible enough to be easily adapted as they change and evolve so that you don’t end up having to start from scratch every few years. Here are some bright ideas from a range of interior designers that will help inspire you to create a room that will accompany your kids throughout their childhoods and delight them until they move out of the house.
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Add a Window Seat
This light and airy kid's bedroom from Sissy + Marley Interior Design has a house-shaped canopy bed, a swing hanging from the extra tall ceilings, a glass bubble chandelier, lavender accents, and a dreamy window seat with a priceless NYC skyline view.Continue to 2 of 66 below.
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Highlight Original Features
This London kid's room from Eklektik Studio has a beautiful period fireplace mantel that is styled with charming objects, art, and bursts of color that create a dreamy atmosphere that blends old and new.Continue to 3 of 66 below.
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Use a Tonal Palette
This Upper East Side townhouse bedroom from Chango & Co. has a tonal palette that ranges from blush to fuschia, and a mix of patterns and finishes that adds charm and energy to this winning bedroom.Continue to 4 of 66 below.
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Add a Play Tent
Cathie Hong Interiors set up a mustard-colored play tent in the corner of this colorful playroom and hung a pair of charming French-inspired prints on the wall.Continue to 5 of 66 below.
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Use Calming Shades of Green
Brexton Cole Interiors mixed neutral patterned wallpaper and carpeting with soothing shades of green on the bed, curtains, and built-ins, with warm mustard accents that brings this stylish kid's room together.Continue to 6 of 66 below.
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Add Texture to Walls
Mendelson Group hung textured grasscloth wallpaper to the walls of this kid's room that is contrasted with white trim, mustard yellow accents, stylish lighting, and a built-in wall of storage around the bed to keep it neat and tidy.Continue to 7 of 66 below.
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This kid's room from Leanne Ford Interiors is soft and romantic, with pale pink walls, an arched canopy bed tied with ribbons, and a large stuffed swan at the bedside. But sophisticated touches like a crystal chandelier and a geometric rug add classic elegance, the kind of decor pieces that will continue to work throughout your child's adolescence and beyond, becoming touchstone memories.Continue to 8 of 66 below.
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Use Cool Toned Accents
Heather Hilliard Design accented this sophisticated kid's room with cool tones of blue and lavender, and furnished it with adult-size furniture that will last throughout childhood. A little arrangement of colorful popsicle art in the corner adds a whimsical note.Continue to 9 of 66 below.
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Accent With Red
Interior designer Ghislaine Vinas accented this otherwise neutral NYC bedroom with bold red accents including striped bedding and a French Jielde task light that adds a vivid contrast with the white walls and original brick that feels energized and fun, and that can be changed out easily to alter the mood.Continue to 10 of 66 below.
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Use a Crisp Color Combo
Sissy + Marley Interior Design used a strong color palette of black, white, and red that gives this kid's room a crisp edge that allows whimsical elements like a building-shaped armoire, giant Legos, and patterned wallpaper and textiles to shine without feeling overly childish.Continue to 11 of 66 below.
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Opt for a Day Bed
This NYC kid's room from Chango & Co. has a spacious trundle bed that will grow with the child and creates a place to read and hang out during daylight hours. A built-in trundle can accommodate another mattress for sleepovers or be used for storage. Wallpaper in a large scale abstract leafy pattern and soft colors pairs with wood accents to create a calming atmosphere, and space-saving wall-mounted sconces ensure that the room is well lit for reading before bed.Continue to 12 of 66 below.
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Use Pink as an Accent
This bright and cheerful kid's room from Sissy + Marley Interior Design doesn't shy away from pink, but uses it in bright, concentrated doses for a modern look that can easily be changed out later to accommodate a new favorite color.Continue to 13 of 66 below.
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Paint the Beams
Heather Hilliard Design washed this Upper East Side bedroom with soothing shades of blue and green, painting the underside of the prewar apartment beams the same shade of the walls.Continue to 14 of 66 below.
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Add Fun Storage
Townhouse-shaped storage cabinets add a storybook feel to this shared kids' room from Sissy + Marley Interior Design, while a built-in desk for two is sleek and minimal to add balance.Continue to 15 of 66 below.
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This whimsical kid's room from Eklektik Studio has vivid red accents that keep the pink and gray palette from feeling overly sweet.Continue to 16 of 66 below.
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DIY a Washi Tape Headboard
Fantastic Frank created an improvisational washi tape headboard that gives this low key kid's room a sense of whimsy that makes the low slung mattress piled with pillows and a stuffed owl feel cozy.Continue to 17 of 66 below.
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This neutral-toned NYC playroom from Sissy + Marley Interior Design is sophisticated but playful, with a built-in asymmetrical roof-shaped daybed alcove, faux animal skin rugs, a minimalist table and stools for drawing and playing, and a window seat with a jaw-dropping view of NYC.Continue to 18 of 66 below.
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Add a Signature Bed
A striking sculpted sun-bleached wood canopy bed with a neutral upholstered bed gives this kid's room from Kate Marker Interiors a signature anchor piece that will stand the test of time. The plastered walls, trim, and built-ins of the room are painted in Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore, and the accent wall behind the bed is covered in Rebecca Atwood’s “Blooms” wallpaper in soft shades of green. Brass and shell sconces glow softly at night.Continue to 19 of 66 below.
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This energizing Berkshires lake house kid's room from Chango & Co. is a contemporary take on coastal style with shades of electric blue, graphic wallpaper, black accents, and a bearded stuffed sailor man in a striped suit on the bed. The furniture is sleek enough to last through the teen years and beyond, and the wall art is playful but not childish.Continue to 20 of 66 below.
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Limit the Color Palette
Interior designer Ghislaine Vinas used a minimal palette of black, white, and green in this sophisticated kid's room that allows playful details to shine without feeling childish.Continue to 21 of 66 below.
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Add a Neutral Gallery Wall
This kid's room from Sissy + Marley Interior Design is full of pattern and texture, but the neutral tones from the gallery wall to the zigzag rug keep it feeling calming.Continue to 22 of 66 below.
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Scandi Style Toddler Room
In this Scandinavian kid's bedroom from Fantastic Frank, the toddler bed and play tent might not last until college starts, but the black and white palette is forever.Continue to 23 of 66 below.
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Keep It Understated
Heather Hilliard Design used soothing shades of blue and white and a cozy wood rocking chair to decorate this grown up kid's room that will stand the test of time.Continue to 24 of 66 below.
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Mix Black, White, and Pale Wood
This playful kid's room from Sissy + Marley Interior Design has a sophisticated palette of white, black, and pale wood tones that gives it a Scandi-style feel.Continue to 25 of 66 below.
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Mix Graphic Patterns
Sissy + Marley Interior Design used a black-and-white palette in this dynamic and fanciful kid's bedroom that is full of graphic patterns and interesting shapes.Continue to 26 of 66 below.
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Choose Stylish Storage
Chango & Co. placed a round rattan bookcase in front of a graphic wallpaper wall in this kid's bedroom to display toys and books that can remain a fixture but be styled as kids grow and change.Continue to 27 of 66 below.
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Add Open Storage
Leanne Ford Interiors added a tall freestanding unit providing open storage that makes it easy for kids to put their toys and books away while keeping everything visible and accessible.Continue to 28 of 66 below.
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Add a Signature Rug
This soothing green kid's room from Chango & Co. is anchored by a striking signature rug with geometric shapes and soft colors.Continue to 29 of 66 below.
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Hang a Black and White Gallery Wall
A kid-friendly black-and-white gallery wall has a playful but sophisticated feel in this bedroom from Sissy + Marley Interior Design. A few choice color accents keep the room from feeling too regimented.Continue to 30 of 66 below.
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The walls of this Scandinavian kid's bedroom from Fantastic Frank are painted in color blocked primary shades of yellow and blue that provide zones for clothes storage and an accessible teddy bear shelf that is easy for kids to access.Continue to 31 of 66 below.
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Choose Iconic Pieces
In this space from Sissy + Marley Interior Design, the 70s style Panton chair and Vitra Uten.Silo II wall storage unit are playful enough for a kid's room but design classics that can grow with your child and become part of their lives forever.Continue to 32 of 66 below.
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Add Vintage Charm
London-based Studio Peake decorated this kid's room with vintage pieces and timeless charm, from the painted writing desk to the canopy and mix of soft patterned textiles.Continue to 33 of 66 below.
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Choose a Classic Area Rug
Sissy + Marley Interior Design chose a bold blue-and-white sailor striped area rug for this NYC kid's room that anchors the space and sets the tone for a playful mix of furnishings that is classic and will complement the room as it evolves.Continue to 34 of 66 below.
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Hang Black and White Photography
A pair of black-and-white photos with an automobile theme, textured blue wallpaper, a large green table lamp, and identical bed frames and linens give this shared kids' room from Kate Marker Interiors a grown up feel.Continue to 35 of 66 below.
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Interior designer Ghislaine Vinas painted the walls of this NYC kid's room in a deep shade of black, then added whimsical white fence trim and striped textiles to give the space a kid-friendly and graphic look.Continue to 36 of 66 below.
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The upholstered yellow velvet canopy bed in this light-flooded kid's room from Chango & Co. glows like the sun, complemented with watermelon pink accents and multicolored wallpaper to create a feel-good space for the ages.Continue to 37 of 66 below.
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Add a Loveseat
Heather Hilliard Design decorated this San Francisco kid's bedroom with shades of blue that mirror the decor found throughout the home. A cute little sitting area with a curvy loveseat, tufted armchair, and pair of poufs creates a place to hang out that's separate from the bunk beds across the room.Continue to 38 of 66 below.
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Sissy + Marley Interior Design created distinct zones in this large shared kids' room that provide plenty of room for playing, studying, and sleeping. Yellow accents add vibrancy to the black and white decor that can be swapped for any other color to change the mood on a dime with a minimum of effort.Continue to 39 of 66 below.
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Add a Loft Bed
Interior designer Ghislaine Vinas maximized space in this blue-and-white kid's room with a stylish loft bed, and hung iconic Unikko wallpaper from Marimekko that brings a happy feel.Continue to 40 of 66 below.
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Add Vintage Accents
This kid's bedroom from Leanne Ford Interiors has shades of pink, large-scale swan art, and vintage accents, from the painted rattan lamp to the tufted armchair, that give it a timeless feel.Continue to 41 of 66 below.
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Mix Black and Blue
Sissy + Marley Interior Design added blue accents to the mix in this black-and-white bedroom that add dimension. A throw blanket and pillow remind kids to use their words.Continue to 42 of 66 below.
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Use Vintage and Antique Pieces
An antique chest of drawers and vintage art and toys adds charm to this bright white modern kid's room from Kate Marker Interiors.Continue to 43 of 66 below.
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Hang Ombre Wallpaper
Interior designer Ghislaine Vinas decorated this Florida kids' room with an extra-long shared headboard, a hanging chair, and blue sky ombre wallpaper that feels like an extension of the view from the sliding glass doors.Continue to 44 of 66 below.
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Mix in Moroccan-Inspired Accents
In this long and narrow all-white cottage kid's bunk room from Kate Marker Interiors, Moroccan-inspired decor accents like a patterned rug and a leather pouf add warmth and texture.Continue to 45 of 66 below.
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Pair Orange and Blue
This bright and cheerful twin bedroom from Chango & Co. has matching neutral-toned upholstered headboards, nightstands, and bedside lamps. Bright orange spotted wallpaper and blue accents on the bedding add color and excitement.Continue to 46 of 66 below.
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Set Up a Seating Area
Leanne Ford Interiors added a small seating area anchored by a paper globe light that gives kids a place to draw, write, play games, or do crafts.Continue to 47 of 66 below.
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Mix Pink and Blue
Heather Hilliard Design used pink and blue accents in this sophisticated twin room outfitted with matching canopy beds that have gauzy curtains that can be drawn to create a sense of privacy when desired.Continue to 48 of 66 below.
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Add a Striped Play Tent
BHDM Design added a black-and-white striped reading tent to this kid's room that adds a playful note that isn't childish. Red accents and wall-mounted multicolored paddles energize the room.Continue to 49 of 66 below.
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Add a Whimsical Bed Frame
Chango & Co. chose a light wood house-shaped bed frame that adds whimsy to a white brick Dumbo loft kid's room. A gallery wall that uses the airy bed frame as a boundary helps to make the airy high-ceilinged space feel cozier.Continue to 50 of 66 below.
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Build It Out
Heather Hilliard Design added twin bunk bed bunk beds in this spacious shared kids' room that are connected by a raised walkway that runs beneath the window.Continue to 51 of 66 below.
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Use a Full Sized Bed
This kid's room from Mendelson Group has a grown up feel, with a large bed and twin side tables with matching lamps. The vibrant mix of red, blue and white brings youthful energy to the space that's perfect for a tween and will last until they move out of the house.Continue to 52 of 66 below.
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Hang a Colorful Sconce
This modern kid's room from Cathie Hong Interiors uses an edited selection of bold color accents to brighten up clean white walls, from the selection of kids' books and toys to the colorful, sculptural half-moon wall sconce.Continue to 53 of 66 below.
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Decorate the Ceiling
Decorating the fifth wall with ceiling wallpaper, paint, or star decals is a high-impact way to add charm to a child's bedroom on a frequently overlooked surface. This kid's room from Mendelson Group is decorated in shades of blue and red, with a multicolored patterned window shade and a fun ceiling detail that adds a final flourish overhead.Continue to 54 of 66 below.
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Use Midcentury Modern Furniture
A pair of midcentury modern rattan beds and a matching shared nightstand gives this shared kids' room from Cathie Hong Interiors timeless style. Personalized accessories in contrasting colors give each side a sense of identity while maintaining a cohesive feel.Continue to 55 of 66 below.
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Go Wild With Pattern
Colorful wallpaper in shades of purple and pink creates a mesmerizing accent wall in this kids' room from Mendelson Group that transforms the space that is otherwise decorated with simple white and wood furniture and beige carpet. A wavy wall mirror adds another layer of wall decor that breaks up the zigzag pattern and reflects light.Continue to 56 of 66 below.
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This Berkshire lake house kid's room from Chango & Co. has bold patterned wallpaper in shades of blue, yellow accents, and a daybed tucked under the window that's stuffed with fluffy pillows to create a cozy place to hang.Continue to 57 of 66 below.
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Let the Outside In
This spacious kids' room from StudioLAB has a calm neutral palette of dark blue and white, with matching beds, a beanbag chair, a table for drawing, and plenty of floor space for playing around. The windows are left bare to highlight the calming view of the outdoors, giving it a treehouse feel.Continue to 58 of 66 below.
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Include a Design Classic
Not every kid is lucky enough to have a design classic in their bedroom, but this room from Mendelson Group added an Eames lounge chair to the mix, a design classic that has stood the test of time and that will last forever.Continue to 59 of 66 below.
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Accent With Soothing Blues and Greens
Accenting an otherwise neutral kids' room with soothing blues and greens will add dimension without interfering with the natural, zen feel, like this shared kids' room from Cathie Hong Interiors featuring a stylish bunk bed.Continue to 60 of 66 below.
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Add Window Seat Storage
This kid's room from BHDM Design mixes warm toned leather with blue and white patterned textiles and wall art to create a grown up feel. Cozy arched window seating with built-in cubbies for toys adds a playful and practical element in the compact room.Continue to 61 of 66 below.
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Add a Multicolored Rug
Cathie Hong Interiors chose a textural, confetti-like multicolored rug for this otherwise understated kid's room that both grounds and livens up the floor while allowing the rest of the space to breathe. The beauty of choosing a multicolored rug is that you can pair it with virtually any color through bedding and smaller accessories as kids' tastes change, so that the room keeps evolving without a major makeover.Continue to 62 of 66 below.
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Make It Graphic
Black-and-white patterned wallpaper, a geometric rug, and a bamboo pendant light give this kid's room from Chango & Co. a graphic, punchy feel.Continue to 63 of 66 below.
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Woven storage baskets on the floor and a white and wood shelving unit and wavy black-and-white illustrated wallpaper on the walls gives this kid's room from Cathie Hong Interiors a calm minimalist feel with subtle details that beg a closer look.Continue to 64 of 66 below.
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This kid's room from Chango & Co. is colorful and graphic, with a mix of multi-colored stripes from the walls to the bedding that make it feel dynamic and fun.Continue to 65 of 66 below.
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Make It Gender Neutral
A black and white palette gives this kid's room from Leanne Ford Interiors a timeless and gender-neutral feel. A giant sparkling disco ball hanging from the ceiling creates an unexpected focal point.Continue to 66 of 66 below.
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Use Juicy Colors
Juicy pink watermelon wallpaper and bright mint green bedside lamps add energy and spirit to this lively kid's room from Chango & Co. with just a few simple elements.
What’s the easiest way to make a kid's room less childish?
The easiest way to make a kid's room less childish is to think outside of cliched color palettes and gender norms. Kids appreciate beauty as well as any adult, so don’t feel you have to fill the room with cutesy furniture and decor that they will soon outgrow. Design your child's room for the person they will become, with quality furnishings, natural materials, and a functional layout that addresses their current needs and can be easily and inexpensively adapted as they grow. And if you have room in the budget, don’t hesitate to choose signature pieces that will become touchstones of their childhoods, from a vintage chandelier or pendant light to a designer armchair or midcentury modern dresser that can evolve from a changing table to a place to store their clothes and belongings as they grow.
What are the best ways to decorate a kid's room?
Kids' bedrooms should be comfortable, organized, safe, and clean. Be sure that your kid's room is equipped with a quiet place to sleep, enough room to play, a place to read or do homework, and storage for their clothes, toys, books, and other belongings. Avoid overly gender specific decor schemes and favor gender-neutral furnishings, art, and decor. You can absolutely paint the walls of a child's room in classic pinks and blues, but shoot for a tonal decor look that incorporates different shades rather than sticking to pastels. Introduce whimsical, playful elements through toys, art, and textiles that can be swapped out as they grow and change.