17 Kids' Room Decorating Ideas to Create a Happy, Organized Space
Color-Coordinate the Closet
In her kids' closet, designer Emily Henderson stuck with a teal and white color scheme for the organizers, bins, and baskets. When everything starts out looking nice, it will add incentive for you and your little ones to keep it that way.
Invest in a Standout Bed
Paint a Chalkboard Wall
Chalkboard paint ($10, homedepot.com) is nothing new, but when it's brushed onto an entire wall of your kids' bedroom, it will provide them with hours of entertainment. Whenever they feel inspired to "redecorate," they can use the wall to create some fresh wallpaper.
Make Your Own Artwork
For a striking piece of art, enlarge a favorite photo at an office supply store (make sure it’s to a standard frame height), then cut into even sections and frame.
Pick a Paint That Matches the Mood
Choose a soothing wall color, like lavender, that gives a room an ease-into-sleep feel. A soft blue is another calming hue.
Create a Kid Office
If possible, give children their own “office” space, too. It should be a discrete area where they can do homework, away from the tv and other distractions.
Build a Cozy Reading Nook
Create a warm place for your shared reading time: a bookcase stocked with favorites, good lighting, and cuddle-worthy seating.
Have Some Fun with Storage
Who says storage bins have to be boring or store-bought? Repurposed school lockers are used here to stash gear of all sorts (and would pair well with these locker-style bins, $25, crateandbarrel.com). Other ideas: Paint old metal cans for holding crayons, and use wooden crates to corral toys.
Make the Room Do Double Duty
Unify a dual-function room with a simple, relaxing color scheme. A dresser can work as both a changing table and storage for office supplies.
Give New Meaning to the Term "Gallery Wall"
String wire from wall to wall for a smart, inexpensive way to showcase your child’s masterpieces.
Show Off Their Best Work
Another brilliant kids' room decorating idea: Display a gallery of your child’s artwork in clear acrylic frames that can be updated as often as you wish when new pieces are created.
Sneak in Extra Storage Space
Multi-pocket organizers on a closet door display hair ties, sunglasses, trinkets―and reminder notes from Mom.
Set Up a Play Station
Carve out a play area with plenty of materials to spark imagination, like clothing items for dress-up.
Don't Forget the Arts-and-Crafts Area
Stock cubbies with all the supplies your children would need for arts-and-crafts or school projects: poster board, construction paper, markers, crayons, glue, etc.
Tuck Storage in Everywhere
Exploit all opportunities for storage, like a bed with built-in cubbies and pull-out bins. Even the step stool has a secret stash!
Repurpose a Bookshelf for Toy Storage
Requisition part of a bookcase to neatly stow toys. Clear containers eliminate guessing, while curtains serve to hide everything away.
Rethink the Coat Rack
Think off-the-grid when it comes to a wall-mounted coatrack (similar: $38, amazon.com) which works well as a hanger for art supplies, play gear, and, yes, coats.