Get design and decorating ideas for children's rooms, from fun color palettes to clever storage solutions.
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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kid-friendly work space
Adjustable Plexiglas shelves keep everything in this workspace handy but out of the way.
A well-placed heirloom
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.
The eye moves upward
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.
Don't fear color
Be bold with color
This girl's bedroom is a cheerful orange--a happy hue on rainy days.
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Look ma--no batteries!
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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Make it easy to switch up
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.
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Try a trundle
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.
Make your kids' work shine
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.
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Bright colors lighten the mood
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.
Childlike, not childish
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.
A color combo that works
Choose unique combos
A pink-and-brown floral bedding print and a bright-blue floor make an idiosyncratic combo.
Cater to whimsy
Easy-to-apply stick-on circles provide instant art in this boy's room.
Use color to your advantage
Let in light
In this brightly painted and flexibly organized bedroom, steel-troweled golden mustard plaster walls catch the sun in the sleeping alcove.
Stash the clutter
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.
If these ideas have whetted your appetite, read on for loads more home-decorating ideas.