12 kids' room ideas – smart and stylish bedrooms for kids

Add an air of magic to kids' room ideas with striking features, practical storage and a creative color scheme

Kids' room ideas in a pale gray-green bedroom with dressing area and pink and white upholstered bed and drapes.
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Looking for stylish kids' room ideas that are fun yet sophisticated? Putting together bedrooms for kids is no easy feat. Kids' bedroom ideas need to be cohesive and functional – as well as fun and playful.

It’s time to shake up their room with some on-trend colors, stylish accessories and super clever storage. 

Here, you will find bedroom ideas for young children, teenagers, and kids of all ages in between that will soon have them personalizing their own spaces with artwork, photos and interesting prints.

Kids' room ideas

Here are the perfect kids' room ideas that you will love just as much as your children, to create a room that’ll last them from childhood through to adolescence.

1. Add vibrancy with wallpaper

Kids room with bunk bed and botanical wallpaper

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Wallpaper is a wonderful way to add color, pattern and interest to your interiors. Find a wallpaper that your child loves and go wild with it. As it’s likely to be a small space, it’s also not the most expensive area to redecorate if their tastes change. This look would work well for both girls' bedroom ideas and bedroom ideas for boys.

Keep the rest of your interiors neutral and understated so as not to distract from the star of the show – the wallpaper. 

2. Warm up with yellow

Yellow painted kids' room ideas with built-in bunk beds and a pale gray chair.

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Have you always lusted after yellow for a bedroom, but haven't had the courage to decorate in this sunny color? Warm colors are having something of a revival – and there is no better place to decorate with this on-trend color palette than bedrooms for kids.

'When you open the door, even if the room isn’t filled with sunlight, color can alter your mood dramatically, and that should never be underestimated,' says says Kit Kemp, co-founder of Firmdale Hotels. 'Sunshine isn’t always a guarantee, so I like to add a touch of yellow to brighten up our schemes.'

3. Build in storage

White storage bed and shelves built into an alcove illustrating storage solutions in kids' room ideas.

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As the popular saying goes, there’s 'a place for everything and everything in its place', and it’s certainly true that most of us feel better when we are organized. ‘It helps us think clearly,’ says Mark Adam, MD of Vitsœ. And when it comes to tidy bedroom ideas for teenagers, proper storage is your finest weapon in the battle to control clutter.

Here, an awkward corner has been transformed into useful space with a boxed-out design. It allows any electrical wires to be hidden away safely while also creating a clever recessed shelf for bedside essentials. 

4. Keep it simple – and gender neutral

Gender neutral kids bedroom ideas with a dolls house, pale blue drapes and tartan blankets.

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Gender neutral color schemes are a practical decorating choice for kids' room ideas. Plus, simple bedrooms for kids will grow and adapt with their ever changing tastes and style. 

As with gender neutral nursery ideas, ditch the conventional baby pink and blue color palettes, and go for calm and grounding colors, such as neutral and green. Green can renew your connection to nature, as it is said to evoke feelings of balance and serenity.

5. Carve out a work – and play – space

A dark blue-gray kids' room idea with playroom area, white staircase and dark wood floors.

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Sometimes you’ve just got to give your children some space and creativity, and incorporating playroom ideas into a spare room will create the perfect place for them to express their imagination. 

Make sure your kids enjoy an inspiring, clean and practical table space to complete homework, draw and play. For an on-trend option, go for a desk that takes its inspiration and modern touches from much-loved Scandi design, or that has a slotted-together construction to keep it looking homemade and youthful, perfect for style-conscious kids.

6. Go for an all-white scheme

White kids' room ideas with a teepee, shelving and toy car.

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White bedrooms always work, regardless of your style of home. Evoking purity and cleanliness alongside confidence and sophistication, white is a wonderfully versatile color for kids' bedroom ideas. 

It will also encourage them to keep their bedroom neat and tidy, all year round.

7. Decorate with one color

Red accent color used on a desk and curtains in kids' bedroom ideas.

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Does your child have a favorite color? Use it with aplomb in your kids' room paint ideas

However, if the thought of committing to one color scares you, stick to one bold accent instead. Red as a wall color can be difficult to get right, especially in small spaces, but bringing in accents of red couldn’t be simpler. 

When using an accent color try to stick to one or two shades. Choosing one large piece of furniture or accessory grounds your scheme, then pick out areas to highlight with the same color: a rug, a light and a picture for example.

8. Smarten up with practical furniture 

Sophisticated kids' room ideas in a neutral scheme with statement gray wall, midcentury wooden desk and chair and anglepoise lamps.

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Choose a color scheme and functional furniture for kids' room ideas that can be effortlessly adapted as they grow, and have fun doing the decoration together. 

The feature wall here adds interest and helps to define the desk area. A bedroom accent wall doesn't have to be brightly colored to give a scheme the wow factor, and works well behind a key item of furniture such as a desk or a bed.

9. Add interest and intrigue with color

Pink bedroom for kids with zig-zag pink and white patterned wallpaper and twin beds.

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Introducing some fun elements into simple kids' room ideas will ring the changes. ‘The zeitgeist is to avoid trends – instead embrace your children’s passions and interests,’ explains Ashlyn Gibson from Olive Loves Alfie. 

Take a color they love, and use it to create a grown-up scheme that is as fun as it is sophisticated. This room's rather daring use of a bold children's bedroom wallpaper turns the whole scheme into a work of art.

10. Walk on the wild side

Kid's bedroom with blue headboard and shelving

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Using animal motifs in the right way can be a sophisticated and fun addition to your kids' room ideas.

This soft blue and white wallpaper is a tasteful, modern take on leopard print designs that creates a fresh, cool scheme.

11. Introduce monochrome magic

Black wallpaper with white spots, red, white and blue accents and a storage desk illustrating how to design clever bedrooms for kids.

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Black and white bedroom color ideas can work equally well in a kids' bedroom scheme. This space has a neat, tailored finish that is smart and practical. 

Break up the pops of black with as many colors as you like to create a striking look – the red accents here add an element of fun to the scheme.

12. Create fun play space 

A large neutral kids playroom with table tennis table and colorful cushions and wall art.

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Kids' room ideas are the perfect place to let your imagination go wild, especially when it comes to decorating a playroom. 

Bright colors, quirky furniture and playful accessories will create a personalized, multipurpose space for your little (or not so little) one. Give them a room that is fun, interactive and the perfect place to unwind after a hard day at school.

How do you style bedrooms for kids?

Bedrooms for kids need to be flexible, so they can accommodate their changing needs from babyhood through to teenage years. So it makes sense to opt for classic big-ticket items – beds, wardrobes and chests of drawers – that will stand the test of time. You can then inject color, pattern and fun touches through lighting, fabric, quirky artwork and playful accessories.

It’s so easy to play around with kids' room ideas because there’s space for experimentation and fun, so make sure even shelving and your bedroom storage ideas are interesting enough to inspire and motivate, alongside being somewhere where books, magazines and favourite possessions can be displayed and tucked away.

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. 

Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.