6 High-Design, Low-Effort Kids’ Rooms

Turn your child’s room into an ultra-stylish space with these easy decorating ideas.


Citrusy Chic

Photo by vintagerevivals.com

This girl’s room gets an upbeat energy from a glamorously punchy palette. The honeycomb-style wall is made from wood pieces taped and then nail-gunned in place, with various paint shades within each hexagon. (Some of the colors are diluted with white paint, to create the ombre effect.)

See the tutorial at Vintage Revivals


Starry Space

Photo by Ruth Eileen Photography

A patterned ceiling elevates this beautifully serene nursery. You can get the look using wallpaper or try a less pricey paint-and-contact-paper DIY. Sleek metal shelving offers a boutique-like storage setup. The deep baskets at the bottom are ideal for stuffed animals and baby blankets (or can function as hampers for a bigger kid).

Tour the rest of the nursery at Honey and Fitz


Artsy and Eclectic

Photo by hello-margot.com

This boho-esque, ocean-theme retreat gets its quietly sophisticated look by pairing a variety of textures: smooth wooden crib, woven straw satchel, and plush blankets on a leaning ladder. A seascape print and crisp white sailboat-style kite play up the wallpaper’s wavy print.

Tour the rest of the nursery at Hello Margot


Smart Space Saver

Photo by Paul Ferney

With clever storage and design ideas, this boys’ room combines flair with functionality. Bold, saturated colors in the bedding and giant, wall-size map add style, while ample shelving gives the space structure. The super-high shelves are a perfect spot to display a globe collection or other items that aren’t often in play, and the others—plus the window sill!—keep the rest of the toys neatly contained.

Tour the rest of the room at A Cup of Jo


Pretty and Playful

Photo by littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com

Adult-like pieces (metallic sconces, queen-size bed) give this girl’s room a sophisticated vibe. But at the same time, a big mix of colors and patterns—stripes, plaid, florals, butterflies—brings in a spunky edge. A blanket layered over the headboard adds unexpected texture, and matching artwork above the bed grounds the room’s quirky design with a dose of symmetry.

Tour the rest of the room at Little Green Notebook


Pastels Plus Metallics

Photo by cupcakesandcashmere.com

A faceted pendant sets a striking tone in this high-style nursery. Instead of pushing all the furniture against the wall (the typical design default!), seating is angled in an inner section of the space, making the room feel more inviting. A shimmery pouf stands in for the usual matching ottoman, and other shiny pieces (a sculptural objet on the bookshelf, a tinsel-like garland above the window) bounce light around the room.

Tour the rest of the nursery at Cupcakes and Cashmere