1 of 20 James Baigrie
Choose a soothing wall color, like lavender, that gives a room an ease-into-sleep feel.
2 of 20 Alexandra Rowley
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.
3 of 20 Aimee Herring
Chalkboard paint makes a fun, interactive backdrop for any bedroom. Note the repurposed school lockers, used here to store gear of all sorts.
5 of 20 Jeff McNamara
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.
6 of 20 Hallie Burton
Create a warm place for your shared reading time: a bookcase stocked with favorites, good lighting, and cuddle-worthy seating.
7 of 20 Hallie Burton
String wire from wall to wall for a smart, inexpensive way to showcase your child’s masterpieces.
8 of 20 Mark Lund
Another 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.
9 of 20 James Baigrie
Multi-pocket organizers on a closet door display hair ties, sunglasses, trinkets―and reminder notes from Mom.
10 of 20 James Baigrie
Carve out a play area with plenty of materials to spark imagination, like clothing items for dress-up.
11 of 20 David Prince
Storage closets are covered with magnetic boards, mirrors, and light boxes, allowing children more ways to play: tracing pictures, displaying art projects, engaging in wordplay, and generally getting creative.
12 of 20 Brooke Slezak
If possible, give kids their own “office” space, too, a discrete area where they can do homework.
13 of 20 Brooke Slezak
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.
14 of 20 Mark Lund
Exploit all opportunities for storage, like a bed with built-in cubbies and pull-out bins. Even the step stool has a secret stash.
15 of 20 Paul Whicheloe
No need to spend on new storage containers when you can repurpose what’s on hand. Here, a collection of potato chip cans become storage bins with the application of mailing labels.
16 of 20 Mark Lund
Requisition part of a bookcase to neatly stow toys. Clear containers eliminate guessing, while curtains serve to hide everything away.
17 of 20 Annie Schlechter
Think off-the-grid when it comes to a wall-mounted coatrack, which works well as a hanger for art supplies, play gear, and, yes, coats.
18 of 20 James Baigrie
Take a growth chart to new heights with a clever theme and eye-catching framing.
19 of 20 Mark Lund