Decorating Ideas For Kids' Rooms

Decorating kids’ rooms is a fun yet creatively demanding task for parents. Here are some great design ideas to make your children’s bedroom a creative and cheerful space.

By Team ParentCircle  • 23 min read

Decorating Ideas For Kids' Rooms
A functional space for your child

With an unlimited colour palette and a plethora of furnishing options, available at the click of a mouse, decorating your kids’ room is no longer a guessing game. So, if you want to re-design your child's room, there are several options to choose from. Of course, with so many options come several questions like 'What colour do I pick?' 'Is the bed too small?' 'How much is too much?' or 'Box up the balcony or leave it open?' To help you with some of the answers we give you some delightful and pocket-friendly decor ideas to transform your child’s room from ordinary to well, extraordinary!

How to decorate your child's room

These ten elements on your checklist are all you need while designing your child’s living space.

1. Colour me fun

First things first — the right colour. It does not mean you pick blue for your boy and pink for your girl. The colour of the walls also affects how spacious the room appears to be and how well it can disperse light. Make sure your child likes the colour. Wallpaper is a good alternative to consider. It gives more room for you to experiment and is easy to change frequently. Talking about options, Pavithra Ravichandran, architect and independent consultant says, “Scribble paints made by well-known brands are also available in the market. These give the children the freedom to scribble as much as they wish on the wall, leaving the parents carefree. It just takes a wipe to get rid of the scribbling. Alternatively, chalkboard paint can also be used for the same purpose.”

2. Floored

Experiment as much as you want with the floors. But make sure your child is comfortable with your choice. Carpets, wood panels, an endless array of tiling options — there’s a lot to choose from. Carpets are a great way to bring in cosiness and luxury to the room. For younger children, there’s the added benefit of cushioned falls. Wooden floors make for an elegant, comfortable set up. Tiles let you continue the theme of the room.

3. Leave a light on

According to Ravichandran, parents should try to bring in as much natural light and ventilation as possible. Don’t go for the single-bright-light deal. Customise light fixtures in different areas of the room based on its purpose — a good white light for the work desk, mellow yellow at the bedside, a shaded lamp by the couch and a night light for snooze time.

4. Bed and beyond

Four posters, canopy, convertible and bunk beds. There’s no dearth of choice when it comes to selecting the right bed for your child. Invest in a quality piece of furniture that’s bound to last through the years rather than a cheap knock-off/assembly piece. Make sure all furniture in the room is child-friendly — no sharp corners, firmly grounded, chemical-free.

5. Bathroom basics

Thumb rule: all essentials should be easily accessible. Make sure the cupboards, counters and basin are placed in a way that’s convenient for the child and accessible. Make sure the flooring is safe and non-slippery. Accessorise the bathroom with funky yet safe tiles, creative fixtures and themed fittings to make it more fun.

6. Work essentials

Efficiency is the key here. Keep the work corner simple, uncluttered and easy to manoeuvre. Naturally, increase the workspace as the child gets older. Make sure it meets your child’s work requirements. His workstation should have the provision for his hobbies. Make space for his musical instruments or sports equipment.

7. No play?

Build in a lounging zone in the room. For younger children, a playpen would be the ideal deal. Older children can indulge in a TV or game console. A comfortable couch always works. Pavithra Ravichandran says, “Levels in rooms are a major attraction for children. If height permits, go in for a mezzanine level in the children's room, which can act as a play or study area. This will create zones with variation in the same room.”

8. Be wise, personalise

Your child’s room doubles up as her own personal haven. So, let it be an extension of her personality. If your child loves to read, put more thought into building her a reading nook. If she likes open spaces, think floor-to-ceiling windows or a spacious balcony. Add accessories that reflect her interests and passions – Harry Potter-themed blankets, Yin-Yang styled work corners and more. Ravichandran adds, “A display area is a must. It can be in the form of pin up or magnet boards or strings with clips. These make the room livelier and more personalised.”

9. Storage solutions

Maximise storage space to avoid clutter. “Use the space below the bed to stow away rarely used things. Build bookshelves in the space behind doors or under staircases,” suggests Ravichandran. Again, make things easily accessible for the child. Invest in a good closet with enough hanging space and built-in shelves. Baskets and cartons around the room for everyday things will come in handy too, making the place tidier and more organised.

10. Safety measures

As with everything else associated with children, childproofing the room must be top priority. Every material in the room should be something that the child doesn’t need parental guidance to use. That’s the first step in keeping the room safe. Use eco-friendly paints that are low on VOC (volatile organic compound), pick natural linen or cotton materials for throws and blankets, avoid vinyl shades. If there’s a balcony in the room, make sure the enclosure is of the appropriate height. Mezzanine levels are tricky to monitor for safety; hence, be extra careful when you plan one in your child's room.

Newborn baby room decoration ideas

Bringing the newborn baby home is an exciting time for parents as well as the siblings. Naturally you will want to deck up the baby’s room in a manner that is conducive to her sleep and comfort. But keep in mind that your baby will grow up soon. Hence be prudent and choose a baby room design that is minimal as well as scalable to match your baby’s demands as he grows up. Here are some baby room decoration ideas:

  • Cosy colours: Colour your baby’s room with soft colours such as light pink, yellow, blue or green to give an overall relaxing feel. The colours you choose should have a calming effect on the baby to help him sleep.
  • Decorate the ceiling: Give your baby something delightful to look at while in the crib. Hang some decorative items from the ceiling which are attractive and bright in colour. Also adorning the ceiling with stickers which glow in the dark is a good idea.
  • Baby cradle: Cribs or baby cots are available in different shapes and sizes. Your baby will spend a lot of time in the crib initially. Choose one that is safe and sturdy and has a firm mattress. A rocking model is a great choice to help your baby sleep.
  • Baby room furniture: Add some furniture like a small bed or rocking chair for you to relax and feed your baby. A small changing table will come in handy when you need to change the baby’s diapers and clothing.
  • Avoid clutter: Things strewn around the place can be a nuisance especially when you are walking around carrying your baby. A large basket is essential to store items such as stuffed toys and clothes. Place a small closet in the room to store all other essential items.

Boys’ bedroom design ideas

  • Cool wallpapers: Kids love to revel in fun and fantasy. Your boy will love the walls adorned with pictures of his favourite sportspersons, superheroes or even wildlife. Carefully choose the theme according to his taste.
  • Shelves: Give your son a space to display his trophies and collection of books. He also will need space to store his toys and sports equipment.
  • Play area: Ensure there is some free space in the room for your toddler boy to play along with his little friends.
  • Workstation: Provide space to keep the computer and music system for 10-year-old boys and older. It also doubles up as the study table.
  • Lounge area: For a teenager it is important that his room reflects his personality. He will certainly love the idea of a lounge area to study or hang out with his friends.

Girls’ room decor ideas

  • Wall colour: Ask any little girl her favourite colour and the answer is most likely pink. While a pink themed room is certainly awesome, adding a princess theme to the bedding and rugs will delight your daughter even more.
  • Wall hangings: Soft, frilled, pretty curtains and wall hangings with flower motifs lend a classic feminine touch to any girl’s bedroom.
  • Storage: A girl’s bedroom needs storage space where items can be neatly organized. She will need bookcases and shelves with beautiful cabinets to store her favourite possessions.
  • Study area: Provide a study area which is attractive as well as comfortable for your daughter. Place a wallboard with her favourite pictures.
  • Dresser: A dresser with a large mirror and a chair is an essential fixture in a teenage girl’s bedroom.

Pocket-friendly decorating ideas for kids' rooms

For a long time your little bundle of joy has been happy to share your room. But, now that he is growing up, and has a rapidly expanding collection of toys and books, he needs a space of his own. If you have ever browsed through an online decor retailer, you already know how ridiculously expensive children's furniture can be.

So, how do you create a magical space for your little one to learn and grow? And all within a budget. Here are some tips:

1. Know your child's personality: If your child's passion is in all things that involve wheels, there is no point in creating an animal-themed room for him. He might have his own style and interests, so it's better to have a word with him before painting the room. Take him along to buy accessories like curtains and bed covers. However, let him know the budget beforehand. When he is happy in his space, it will save you money in the long run. There will be no need to buy new stuff or re-paint the room.

Curtain designs your child will love:

Decorating Ideas For Kids' Rooms
Split curtain

Decorating Ideas For Kids' Rooms
Lace curtain

2. Choose functional furniture: Child-sized furniture costs a bomb. Your best bet is to find adult-sized or have it custom-made, according to your child's needs. Rather than invest in an expensive child-sized rocket ship bed, you could buy a single bed and add a space-themed bedspread, instead. Feel free to include some glow-in-the-dark space stickers on the walls and ceiling! You can buy an inexpensive bed rail to keep your child from falling off the bed. Another idea is to talk to your local carpenter who may charge much less than the retail shops.

3. Re-purpose old items: Avoid getting fancy character-themed tables and chairs. Give your old table a coat of paint and varnish; add a motif if you are creatively inclined. Your child will have her very own study table! In the same way, you can give a new lease of life to a pre-loved or used, wardrobe or shelf for  your child's room. Be creative. Go ahead and paint these pieces in fun, bright colours.

4. Display your child's artwork: There will be no shortage of artwork with children at home. Here is a practical way to appreciate the Picasso in your child. Use colourful tapes to display them on the wardrobe or frame the pieces on the walls. There are several benefits to doing this — you're boosting your child's self-esteem and giving the room a character of it's own, without spending a dime!

5. Try DIY for a personal touch: Do-It-Yourself can be a life saviour if you want to do something special for your child without spending a ton of money. Look up social media forums for inspiration. Rope baskets, quilted carpets, pompom rugs, hand-sewn cushion covers, and quirky knick-knacks — you can literally create anything you want, out of anything you already have at home. And, don't forget to ask your child to do it with you. 

6. Jazz up the walls: Wall stickers can bring life to boring, plain walls. Buy these online at very affordable rates. Then, sit with your child and let him choose the ones he likes. If you have an older teen, he can do customised decals on his own with the help of adhesive paper. He could even create textures on the wall as a fun art project. Magnetic or chalkboard wallpapers are trendy too – they can be educational and serve as a board to display motivational quotes.

Wallpaper designs

Decorating Ideas For Kids' Rooms
Wallpaper with animal designs
Decorating Ideas For Kids' Rooms
Wallpaper with floral design

7. Set up a cosy nook: Apart from the bed and study table, your child needs a comfortable place to read books or, simply unwind. You can add a re-purposed plush chair or a comfy rug in a corner and throw in some cushions. Include soft toys or soft balls to personalise the space.

8. Store toys well: Have you ever accidentally stepped on a building block or a toy car? If yes, you know what we are talking about. All your child’s toys need to be properly stored, after play time is over. Toys strewn on the floor are not only unpleasant, but can be hazardous too. So, buy stackable containers or cloth caddies for different types of toys. Things like sports and musical equipment should also have a dedicated space for storage.

9. Look out for the details: As you concentrate on the big items like beds and wardrobes, it is easy to overlook the little, yet essential, things. Your child also needs hooks, hangers, pen stands, table lamp, etc. You can always re-purpose old items or buy new if there on offer. Time to load your online wish list.

10. Keep it simple: You mean well for your child, but do not overdo things. Aim to buy only the essentials and encourage your child to keep her room clean and clutter-free. Also, it is not a good idea to keep your unused things in your child's room. At the end of the day, your child should be happy to be in her airy, well-ventilated room. Nobody likes to be in a room full of clutter that make you feel claustrophobic.

You don't really need a hefty budget to give your little darling's room a makeover. With some creativity and imagination, you can create a functional space for your child and also, avoid unnecessary expenditure, in the process. 

Space-saving ideas for your children's room

When you become a parent, it is natural to start yearning for a nice, big house with comfortable rooms for everyone, especially your children. Moving into a spacious villa in the city outskirts may be a dream for many of us, but it can be impractical for reasons like commuting and easy availability of facilities. So, keep the idea for your retirement and make the most of the apartment you currently live in.

Here, we show you how to make the most of the space you have, especially in the room allotted for your little ones!

Bunk bed is your best friend

If your children are sharing a room and you're short on space to accommodate two beds, don't fret. Think vertical instead and get a bunk bed, which will give each child the luxury of their own cot but occupy the space of a single bed. That means, your children will still have space for their things along with some furniture. Also, it is so much more fun to sleep on a bunk bed than a regular one! Don't blame us if your children end up quarrelling for the top bunk. Another option is a trundle bed that can be stowed away when not in use. You can also consider a foldable bed that can be easily tucked into the wall during the day.

Say yes to smart storage

No space for big wardrobes or cupboards? No problem. Look for smart storage options, instead. You can buy a bed with a built-in compartment. Or buy some storage boxes and arrange them neatly under your child's bed. Floating shelves are small shelves that come in various shapes and can be fixed to the wall. These come in trendy designs and your children can use them to store books, toys or display their bric-a-brac.

Stack em' up

Growing children possess quite a lot of stuff — from toys to sports equipment. It is important that all this is properly organised for easy access. Moreover, some studies claim that clutter can have a negative impact on children's physical health (heavy wardrobes can tip over, there can be mould, dust, etc.) as well their mental (stress and anxiety) well-being. So, don't hesitate to invest in some boxes or baskets for their possessions. Get your children to neatly label and stack them up to save space. There are also inexpensive wire racks or plastic sheets that can be joined with connectors to form a cube. These too can be arranged neatly or made into a lightweight, space-saving shelf. It can even be expanded by adding more cubes as and when you want. Also, stackable chairs at the desk make it easier for you to sit with your children if they need your help with school projects. The chairs can also be kept away in a corner when not in use, leaving the rest of the room clear.

Utilise in more than one way

Today, you can easily find cupboards, desks and tables that can be unfolded, or which can be joined together to form something totally new. So, a cupboard can become a study table too. This means, your children will have enough space for their stationery and books too. They can use the pull-out table during study time. Similarly, you can find multiple uses for other furniture. For instance, you can use sturdy wooden boxes for storage, and fix a cushion on top to convert them into seating options. Chairs and stools with hidden storage are also great for the room.

Accessorise wisely

A well-designed space for storage is a must in the children's room. You can buy dividers or partitions for drawers to help your children organise their belongings. Storage shelves with castors/wheels will make moving things from one room to another, easy. Fix a whiteboard on the wall so your children can doodle away when they feel like it. Hooks at the back of the door can be used to hang up laundry bags. Encourage your children to be creative. Get them to repurpose cloth bags and toys. For instance, an old set of building blocks can turn into a nice, colourful storage box. Also, get your children to make pen stands from water bottles or cardboard boxes.

When furnishing the children's room, find things that reflect their personality. Next, keep an eye on good ventilation and lighting. A dark, stuffy room is a strict no-no — a bright, airy room in a cheerful colour palette is essential. So, ensure you're not blocking the windows with wardrobes and other items. And, remember, less is always more, so go easy on the number of items you buy for the room. That will also make cleaning and maintenance a breeze. The idea is to transform their room into a space where your children will feel happy and loved.

Childrens’ bedroom paint ideas

  • Colour selection: Bring out your creativity when choosing the best paint colour schemes for your kids' rooms. Of course, the selection of colours will depend on their age. Also try to add your child’s favourite colours on the doors, windows or shelves to give their room a personal touch.
  • Select durable paint: Consider wear and tear when selecting the best paint for your kids’ bedrooms. Paints with a satin or glossy finish will help you get rid of stains and are also good in hiding imperfections.
  • Paint patterns: You can paint the walls of your kids’ bedrooms in colourful geometric patterns or stripes as an alternative to wallpaper. Use wallpaper stencils or masking tape to create trendy wall patterns and spice up the bedroom walls with eye-catching design.
  • Paint the furniture: Painting a contrasting colour on the furniture in your kid’s bedroom will make them stand out in case the walls have a neutral colour scheme. Also, it will make them look cute and appealing based on the colour selected.
  • Paint the ceiling: Your kid will be delighted to have a painted ceiling that sparks her imagination and makes the bedroom a fun space. The choices are many - flowers, cartoons, blue sky with stars, circus tent, clouds, polka dots and so on.

You don't really need a hefty budget to give your little darling's room a makeover. With some creativity and imagination, you can create a functional space for your child and also avoid unnecessary expenditure in the process.

Also read: How to Tackle Clutter in Your Preschooler's Room

About the expert:

Reviewed by Komal Porecha on 16 October 2018

Komal Porecha is an interior designer and a freelance writer. Mother to twins, her book, "Bringing Up Your Baby," is a humour-infused comprehensive guide to the first year of your baby.

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Written by Team ParentCircle on 16 October 2018; updated on 4 September 2019

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