Nursery/Kid's Room design ideas, inspiration & pictures

The children’s bedroom – A place for dreams

The world can be a daunting place for a child sometimes. That’s why it’s important that a children’s bedroom should create a feeling of security and ownership. It should be somewhere your child feels totally at home, full of things that engage their imagination and curiosity. At the same time, it also needs to be practical, able to stand plenty of wear and tear, and easy to update over time without having to go to a great deal of expense.

Children’s bedroom ideas & inspiration

If you want to discover some great kid’s bedroom ideas, with an array of children’s bedroom furniture and decorating concepts for all ages from toddlers to teens, then visit homify’s children’s bedroom page. Sign up for free, and you’ll be able to create your own virtual ideabook which will help you hone your thoughts until you’re ready to start decorating.

How do I decorate a baby’s room?

When weighing up various nursery ideas, bear in mind that you’ll want the room to be welcoming and friendly. Patterned wallpaper and textiles can create a feeling of softness and comfort, as well as supplying an element of visual interest, and if you’re handy with a brush, you might like to repaint furniture with stripes and stencils to tie them into your chosen colour scheme. Nooks and odd angles can be turned into attractive storage areas for toys, while a large alcove can serve as a seating area or a cosy place to put the baby’s cot. This will free up floor space for other baby-related paraphernalia such as a highchair and nappy-changing table. Lastly, place safety coverings on any wall sockets that are near to the floor to prevent your toddler from poking their fingers into them.

How do I design a child’s room?

Whether your designing a bedroom for a boy or a girl, it’s a good idea to create interest by breaking it up into various zones – a sleep area, a play area, possibly a work area with a child-sized desk where they can carry out tasks that require more thought and care. Make sure you incorporate plenty of storage space to hide away all the clutter after a fun playtime. Give the room some longevity by painting it in bright but sophisticated tones which  won’t seem babyish to your child as they grow older; you can then change some of the soft furnishings to keep up with their latest hobbies and enthusiasms. Also, it’s well worth installing a blackboard or something similar. This will give your child a place where they can express themselves, making them less likely to doodle on the walls.

How do I design a teenager’s room?

A teenager’s room should feel more grown up than a child’s room but still have a sense of fun. Given how rapidly teenagers can go through various phases, it’s perhaps wise to opt for an inoffensive neutral colour scheme which they can personalize with their own individual touches. Any teenage bedroom ideas you consider should also reflect the important themes in your son or daughter’s life. For example, a sizeable part of the room should be given over to a tidy, well-organized area for studying, with a desk and comfortable chair. You might want to install a double bed for their growing frame, and a wardrobe for their prized teen fashions, while what was once the room’s play area could be modified into a seating area where they can entertain friends.

Setting up tips for the children’s room

While it’s tempting to let your imagination run riot when renovating your children’s bedroom, it’s also important to take various practical steps. For example, if you’re painting the room, select a paint which is washable and resistant to knocks and scratches. Be mindful of health and safety. If you want to hang a picture, screw it firmly to the wall so it can’t come tumbling down, and decorate the floor with a low pile, non-slip rug that won’t trip up tiny feet. Set aside a decent proportion of your budget for some fun pieces of children’s furniture, especially ones that swing about and rock from side to side – these can add considerably to the charm of the room and help to stimulate young minds and budding motor skills. If two or more children are sharing a room, consider getting some bed canopies so that they can enjoy a little privacy.

Which wall colour should I use for the children’s bedroom?

Wall colours should be cheerful, reassuring and create a feeling of space – popular options include sky blues, buttercup yellows and rose pinks for toddlers, and slightly muted variations on these themes for older children. You can then play upon these colours in bolder ways in your choice of duvet covers, seat cushions and so forth. Brightly patterned wallpaper is a sure way of injecting fun and vibrant, child-friendly colour into a room, but if you want a more versatile option, consider children’s wall stickers. A simple and easy way of turning a children’s bedroom into an inviting fantasy world of child-size trees and animals, these can be peeled off and replaced as your child’s taste changes.

Which floor is suitable for a child’s room?

Carpets provide a cosy, yielding playing surface, and they also help to insulate the rest of the house from the noise that healthy and active children are likely to make. On the downside, they can accumulate stains and retain dust and dirt. Alternatives include cork and rubber, both soft underfoot and easy to keep clean, while a more affordable option is vinyl flooring. Another simple idea that can look very attractive is to paint your floorboards, either in a single hue or in colour-coordinated stripes; this can be an excellent foundation for a tree-house or pirate themed bedroom.

Which décor fits my child?

Certain children’s bedroom themes never seem to go out of style. Boys bedroom ideas tend to revolve around dinosaurs, outer space, sports and pirates, while girl’s bedroom ideas are likely involve romantic motifs such as princesses, fairy castles and mermaids. However, not all children will want their bedrooms to be completely dominated by a single theme, and you should also expect tastes to mature as your child grows older. If you’re shopping for boy’s bedroom furniture, look for sturdy but stylish storage items that can hold plenty of clutter, and pieces that can be engaged with in a very active way, such as an indoors tent or crawl-through tunnel. For girl’s bedroom furniture, consider pieces that can be updated every now and then with new seat cushions, and open-fronted display cases where your little girl can amuse herself arranging her toys and books. Curtains can help to set the tone of a room, from ruffles and swags for a princess theme to stars and planets on a midnight blue background for a sci-fi look. 

Setting up a small children’s room

There’s no reason for a small children’s bedroom to look plain and ordinary. Instead, rise to the challenge and look for inventive ways of turning it into a cosy hideaway with everything a child would want conveniently close to hand. As well as being an attractive feature in their own right, midsleeper or highsleeper children’s cabin beds will make the best use of the available space, doubling (depending on their design) as desks, dens or storage areas. Similarly, quirky storage solutions such as hanging pockets can add charm and novelty to a small space.

Which style for the kids?

Classic style children's room

The classic style offers the timeless dream of a perfect childhood. The colour schemes are conservative – gentle pastels and subdued tones, navy blues and pinks, with patterns used sparingly. You can include modern touches such as a desk for a laptop, but there’s also an element of the traditional, perhaps in the style of the bed or  the light fittings. It’s a style that works best when you have plenty of square footage to play with, allowing for elegant long curtains and substantial padded furniture.

Modern children's room

The modern bedroom style is bright and friendly, usually with white painted walls and sleek laminate floors offset by funky oversized wall stickers and bold, snazzy soft furnishings. Clever storage ideas are a feature of the modern look, from built-in shelving that exploits the room’s nooks and crannies to modular stacking chests in mix and match colours. Easily adaptable both to boys and girls and suitable for teens and pre-teens, this is a look that works well in modern properties, especially those with smaller rooms where space-saving is at a premium.

Eclectic style children's room

The eclectic style looks brings a contemporary, Pop Art sensibility to the children’s bedroom. Don’t be afraid to throw strong colours and patterns together in sharply clashing combinations  - a loud toile wallpaper, for instance, versus a rug decorated with flying saucers. A feature wall is a must, covered end to end in a vivid mural, perhaps, or emblazoned with paintings or posters. No opportunity should be missed to create interest with glittering mobiles, unusually shaped lampshades and kitsch furniture. Great fun, this is a look that can bring the most anonymous of rooms to life.

Scandinavian style children's room

The Scandinavian style is restful and airy but it also offers a powerful feeling of sanctuary and comfort. It can be as simple as neutral-toned walls, some tongue and groove or painted floorboards and crisp white linen. But with the addition of blue and white wallpaper and coordinating bedspreads, you can also create a beguiling fairy tale snow princess world. This is a style that is particularly suited to timber-built properties, countryside chalets and the like.