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Kids’ Room Ideas: How to Decorate Your Child’s Bedroom

Morgan McBride5-Minute Read
May 22, 2020

Renovating your home can be an overwhelming process. There is so much pressure to decorate to look like a room in a magazine or the “after” reveal from an HGTV show. However, one area of your home that can be a little more fun to give a makeover is your child’s bedroom or playroom.

Kid spaces are a great opportunity to use lots of colors, decorate on a theme and have fun. It’s so important to let your kids have a say in how their spaces look and to decorate in a way that your whole family can enjoy.

Here are some ideas for how to decorate your child’s bedroom!

Give It A New Theme

kids room with a jungle theme

Photo from Twenty20.com.

One of the most fun aspects of decorating a kid’s space is the fact that themes aren’t only acceptable – they’re preferred. While you might not want your family room to look like a barn or a jungle, the kid’s spaces are a perfect place to take that leap.

While you always have the option to decorate a kid’s space without a true theme – a more “grown up” room theme that incorporates minimalism or other popular home decor styles into the overall look of the space, for example – themes are really fun and usually excite the kids more than a plain room.

Themes for kid’s spaces fall into two categories: broad, more general themes such as space, safari, or princess; and highly specific themes like “Frozen” or Batman.

Broad themes are great because they typically work better for families with multiple kids or a kid with interests that change over time. Broad themes are typically more flexible and have room for multiple interests to be featured in the decor at once or over time.

Highly specific themes are great for kids with a major obsession. For example, if your daughter just had a Spider-Man birthday party, you can reuse the decorations to give her a Spider-Man bedroom! However, keep in mind that highly specific obsessions are often fleeting. Be prepared to mix it up more frequently.

Switch Out The Bed

kids day bed with stuffed animals on the bed and lamps on side tables

Photo from Twenty20.com.

Swapping out the bed in your kid’s room is a great way to totally change the look of the space. The bed is probably the largest thing in the room, so changing the look of it will switch up the entire room.

You don’t have to get a whole new bed to change the look of the bed in your space. If you have a simple bed frame, adding a headboard has a huge impact. If you have a wooden bed, mix it up with a coat of paint. The easiest makeover of all is to swap out the bedding for a totally new look.

For larger rooms, consider adding bunk beds with a trundle pull-out or a second twin bed. This adds tons of extra sleeping room and is perfect for slumber parties.

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Change The Paint Color

kids room with green wall and orange pillows

Changing the paint color on the walls is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to totally change the look of a space. Painting your kid’s room a new color, be it their current favorite color or something that aligns more with current paint color trends in interior design, can be a great way to give the space a refreshed look.

Be sure to grab paint samples and put some of each color on every wall in the room. Look at it for a minimum of 2 days – multiple times a day – to be sure that you like how it looks in daylight and at night with artificial lights on.

Let your kids be involved in picking the color for their room! It might be easier for younger kids if you pick three top colors, selecting options that you would be happy with. Then, let your child choose their favorite based on the samples on the wall!

Create A Gallery Wall

gallery wall in a kids room

Sometimes you want home decor to be permanent, and sometimes you want it to be easy to switch up. A gallery wall is a great option for a room where you want to be able to easily change the art and decor.

Curate a gallery wall of your child’s artwork, prints of their favorite cartoons, or pieces that go with the rest of the room’s theme. If the art is all totally different, it’s a good idea to pick the same, or very similar, frames to help achieve a cohesive look. For example, pick up simple black frames with white mattes in a variety of sizes.

To prepare your gallery wall, try cutting paper the size of each frame and use tape to stick the pieces to the wall to help you decide on a layout before putting the pictures up. You can also lay the frames out on the floor until you get the arrangement you like.

Once the frames are up, it’s really easy to swap out the art or photos as your child’s interests change or if they like to make a lot of art!

Try Going Gender Neutral

gender neutral yellow and gray kids bedroom

When decorating kid’s spaces, a common guiding point is often to choose decor, themes and color schemes based on conventional ideas for a “girl’s room” or a “boy’s room.” However, if that doesn’t align with your child’s personality or interests, going the gender-neutral decorating route can also be a good option and can work with many interests.

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Get Creative With Storage

kids room with storage shelving

Strategically incorporating storage solutions into the layout of the room, in a way that doesn’t clash with the rest of the room, can be a great way to make the space both more functional and more aesthetically pleasing.

For example, a wooden toy chest that matches the wood in the rest of the room’s furniture is perfect for many spaces. A bookshelf shaped like a rocket ship is perfect for a space-themed room!

Look for pieces that serve double duty – such as a bean bag that unzips to hold stuffed animals or an ottoman that lifts up for tons of storage space. The easier it is to clean up, the more likely your kids are to keep it up.

Install Bookshelves

kids room with bookshelves and tee-pee tent

Books are a great thing for kids to have – but they can take over the whole house! Bookshelves are a great option for keeping them organized. Bookshelves cultivate the beginnings of your child’s own little home library and encourage their love of reading from a young age. They can also be used to display your kid’s toys and additional artwork or photos of loved ones.

Make sure that any shelving is securely fastened to the wall in case your child tries to climb it. To be safe, try to keep their favorite books and toys on lower shelves that they can easily reach.

If you want to store a lot of smaller items or toys on your bookshelves, invest in a few baskets or bins. These containers will help to corral small items and keep the shelves looking neater and tidier.

Craft A Reading Nook

canopy with lights over kids bed

If your child loves to read – or even play handheld video games – a nook can be the perfect spot. Pick a cozy corner or even a deep closet in your home. Add comfy seating – a bean bag can be a great option – and don’t forget a lamp or lighting if there isn’t a window.

Ask your child what features they might like – a snack table, a big basket of stuffed animals, or hidden storage are all good options. Don’t forget to make it cozy with extra pillows and blankets!

The Bottom Line

Decorating a kid’s space is a great opportunity to have fun decorating your home. Don’t limit yourself to what you see in magazines. Have fun with color, theme and the things that make your kids happy. Be sure to check out more Homeowner Tips on the Rocket HomesSM blog.

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Morgan McBride

Morgan McBride is a DIY-lover and home decor enthusiast living in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been blogging at CharlestonCrafted.com alongside her husband since 2012, where they empower their readers to craft their current home into their dream home through the power of DIY.