Kids' bedroom ideas: 20 tips for creating an exciting space

These top kids' bedroom ideas will help make their space practical and pretty incredible too...

Kids' bedroom ideas
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If you are looking for kids' bedroom ideas that are both practical and stylish, then you are in the right place. We get that you want children's bedroom ideas that will look fabulous but will also hide clutter and be a practical space for storage all the paraphernalia that comes with having offspring. 

Whatever shape room you may be working with, and whatever their favourite colour may be, we've got practical and inspiring kids' room ideas to help you turn their space into their dream den.

It may not match the rest of your home's decor scheme, but that is the fun in decorating a kids' room, you can go wild! Now is the chance for you to have fun and indulge in vibrant colours, prints and patterns as you create that perfect, wholesome space for them to grow up in. 

We've crammed heaps of expert advice in with our tips so you'd better get cracking. For more bedroom ideas, see our dedicated hub page . And more information on the practicalities of designing a kid’s bedroom, don't miss our advice guide.

1. Add a tee pee to your kids' bedroom

Stripe Seafoam trim teepee in black

(Image credit: Wildfire Teepees)

If your child's bedroom is big enough, you'll want to include a play space. It might not be the starting point for the scheme, but it is the fun bit. Our top treat? A playhouse. They're an effortless way to create a fun play space, and actually provide ample toy storage (clear the floor into the teepee, close the doors, job done). Best of all, you can buy one to suit your colour scheme (more on that later).

For lovers of stylish and slick interiors, our pick is the Wildfire Kids Teepee, available at Cuckooland. 

More play-centric inspiration needed? Don't miss our playroom design ideas.

2. Use a tee pee a night-time reading space too

Ikea children's play tent

(Image credit: Ikea)

A teepee can also be transformed into a magical bedtime reading space, as demonstrated in this clever Ikea children's bedroom hack. Fill it will toys cushions and fairy lights to create a really cosy atmosphere and then you can both squeeze in before bedtime for your best rendition of their favourite book. 

3. If you have the space add a swing to a kid's bedroom

Bedroom with play space by Ikea

(Image credit: Ikea)

If you are after kids' bedroom ideas with a difference, adding a swing would be a fun addition. A swing would turn the room into a playroom in an instant... bearing in mind that younger children will need to be watched while they're on it, and it's sensible to take it down at night.

4. Roll out a play rug for instant fun 

Child's bedroom with play rug by Ikea

(Image credit: Ikea)

Another easy kids' bedroom idea is to our down a play rug. Stash the toys in boxes on wheels under the bed and everything's to hand for when your child wants to play (or put away). 

5. Get creative with paint colours

Annie Sloan 'Young Artist' kids bedroom

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

If you after kids' bedroom ideas that are quick and easy, paint is your best bet. With children's bedrooms, only your imagination is the limit to creating fun and unusual colour combinations with paint. Blues and pastels are tried and tested kids' room paint ideas, but why not have a go at something a bit different, like painting furniture

Take inspiration from this kids' bedroom room it uses a combination of bright and muted colours to create a striking, graphic effect. Love this look? Find more grown up colour blocking ideas for rooms.

6. Choose one all over colour for a more grown up look 

Ikea children's room

(Image credit: Ikea)

If you are after kids' bedroom ideas that will last into their teens, opt for a bold all-over colour in contrast to an otherwise neutrally furnished room.  We love this deal teal because it's still quite bold and playful but still has a nice classic feel that won't date as your child gets older.  For a similar paint colour, try Vardo by Farrow & Ball. 

7. Pick a lovely pastel scheme 

nursery with pastel colours, a yellow chair, blue stool, mint cot and pink blind

(Image credit: Colin Poole )

How lovely is this kid's bedroom idea? A soft pastel colour scheme is always going to work in a young child's room and is an obvious choice for a soothing space. You can easily paint your nursery furniture in pastel hues too, check out our guide to how to paint furniture. Combine a few shades of pastels too, pinks, blues, greens and yellows all work well together to create a colourful room that's not going to be too overwhelming. 

8. Add a fun mural to a kids' bedroom design 

Child's bedroom by Studio Sirio

(Image credit: Studio Sirio)

It's not just about paint and wallpaper: kids' bedrooms can be given a fun look with a mural. You can go for a neutral colours scheme that can be switched up as your kids' grow up but keep the room fun and creative by adding a mural. We love this kids' bedroom idea – simple white backdrop with pops of colour and a striking mural. 

Check out more inspiring white bedroom ideas in our gallery. 

9. Use shutters to add pops of colour

Shutters by California Shutters

(Image credit: California Shutters)

Another kids' bedroom idea that will add a burst of colour without painting the walls is with colourful shutters, which you can have colour-matched to your exact specification.

These, by California Shutters, match the mountain paint effect perfect; both are painted with the very cheerful Spring Breeze 2 from Dulux.

10. Create a bedroom full of pattern with wallpaper

Pale pink swans wallpaper in child's room

(Image credit: Swans wallpaper by Hibou Home at Rockett St George)

Want to introduce a fun pattern to your kids' rooms' walls? A colourful kids' room wallpaper can bring added character to a plain, boxy room, making it the ideal choice for both modern and period homes. 

This Swans wallpaper by Hibou Home at Rockett St George is perfect for a young child's bedroom. 

11. Go for a stylish botanical print

Jungle wallpaper designed by Rina Donnersmarck

(Image credit: Photowall)

And for an effect that's both fun and bang on trend, why not give a botanical wallpaper a go? Choose a woodland or jungle motif, rather than an abstract botanical print, to conjure up a sense of adventure. 

This very cute and colourful Jungle wallpaper designed by Rina Donnersmarck is from Photowall Sweden.

12. Or classic spots will always work in a kids' bedroom

Ikea children's room

(Image credit: Ikea)

Want a wallpaper that they won't grow out of quickly? Choose a simple graphic design that you can redecorate around as you child's taste changes. These wallpaper designs are happily gender-neutral, too, useful if your kids want to swap rooms at some point.

For similar wallpaper used in this Ikea bedrom, try Wilko.

13. Paint a rainbow in your kid's bedroom 

Ikea hack with side board and rainbow paint

(Image credit: Ikea/Benjamin Edwards)

We love this Ikea kid's bedroom idea, the colours are lovely but the pattern is fun and creative. You could definitely DIY this look too, just create the rainbow shape with masking tape and painting in between them with some lovely pastels. For more DIY ideas, including loads more fab kid's room ideas, check out our Ikea hacks feature. 

14. Choose a multi-tasking bed

Christopher Jungle Bed

(Image credit: Noa And Nani)

If your child is pining for a treehouse, but you don't have a garden with the space, why not copy this fun kids' bedroom idea and recreate treehouse fun in the bedroom? Choose a raised bed with a ladder and accessorise with plenty of plants for a full-on jungle effect. 

Discover the best kids' beds in our buying guide.

Quirky wall art for children's bedrooms

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Make the kids' rooms pretty as well as functional by creating a gallery wall, whether with wall-hung toys, pictures or family photos. Kids' rooms tend to be transitional, ever-changing spaces, so use decoration that is easy to put up and take down as their moods – and ages – change. Choose a simple colour scheme as a backdrop for brighter, fun accessories.

Our pick is this delightful selection of children's room decorations from Hurn & Hurn.

16. Choose sturdy flooring in a kid's bedroom

laminate flooring in a child's bedroom

(Image credit: Flooring Direct)

Kids' rooms need forgiving, hard-wearing floors that are easy to clean – and replace, if needed. Laminate flooring is a good, budget-friendly choice, with the latest designs mimicking real wood convincingly.

This Series Wood professional 12mm laminate flooring in white oak from Flooring Direct is light and elegant, with just a touch of rustic, and its pleasingly neutral colouring will work in any interior.

17. Dress the windows with cute prints 

world travel map window blind

Window treatments add the finishing touch to a room, pulling together a whole colour scheme in one sweep. Choose one that is bright and colourful but works with the rest of the decor. See more kids' room window treatments in our guide.

18. Or choose window films for pattern and privacy 

Cheery animal pattern window film

(Image credit: Purlfrost)

Window film can instantly cheer up a room and is quick and easy to install. It also can be easily removed if you rent, or you want to try a new design after a while. Window film can be a great option if a bedroom faces a busy road, too and your child needs privacy.

We like the adorable Cheery Kids Window Film from Purlfrost. Have a browse through our window film ideas for more inspiration. 

19. Choose furniture that stands the test of time

H&M Home kid's bedroom

(Image credit: H&M Home)

Whether that means really well-made pieces that will take a good hammering/climbing upon or furniture that will look as fabulous and work as well in their nursery as it does in their teenage pit, think hard before you buy. Tons of nursery-specific furniture is all well and good, but it's a short-term investment (in other words, not the best way to spend a tight budget). Older children will need a proper computer desk, too. Think one that will need to last for quite a few years and will be used for everything from homework to reading and gaming. 

20. Invest in plenty of storage (and we mean loads)

Elfa storage

(Image credit: Elfa)

One thing is guaranteed with kids – their rooms tend to gather messy clutter. Make it easier for them to keep things tidy with toy storage solutions and plenty of stash space for their clothes, too. By the way, did you know there are even storage solutions for Lego, too? Tell your friends...

Elfa's storage solutions are a good place to start. This one is available at A Place For Everything. 

Mountain scheme on a children's bedroom wall

(Image credit: Little Folks Furniture)

Exploiting under bed space for storage is a no-brainer in a kid's room, so why not super-size yours by going for a raised bed with plenty of storage space beneath? The floor space used is the same, but the storage gain is maximised. 

We love the Mid Sleeper with drawers and storage bookcase from Little Folks Furniture.

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