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 to create a space that will look fabulous but will also be clutter free and hide all the paraphernalia that comes with having offspring.
When it comes to decorating any kid's room, we always say make sure they are involved too, get them to look through ideas with you, pick colours out and decorations. Sure you might have to vito some things, a slide that takes you from your window into the garden might not be that realistic, but getting them to pick a paint colour will at least make their space feel their own. If you are not sure where to start, go and get your child and have a look through these ideas...
- If you're working with a small space, check out our small kids' bedroom ideas page
- For nursery room ideas, we've got that covered too
1. Add a tee pee to your kids' bedroom
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).
More play-centric inspiration needed? Don't miss our playroom ideas.
2. Use a tee pee a night-time reading space too
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
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
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
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 paint colour schemes for kids' bedrooms, 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
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
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
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
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
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.
11. Go for a stylish botanical print
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
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.
13. Paint a rainbow in your kid's bedroom
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
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.
15. Add personality with a gallery wall
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
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
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 window treatment for children's bedrooms in our guide.
18. Or choose window films for pattern and privacy
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.
19. Choose furniture that stands the test of time
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)
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 ideas and plenty of stash space for their clothes, too. By the way, did you know there are even Lego storage ideas, too? Tell your friends..
Elfa's storage solutions are a good place to start. This one is available at A Place For Everything.
21. Maximise under bed storage
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.
22. DIY a wall mural in a kid's bedroom
Loving the soft colour scheme in this kid's bedroom! And that wall mural is perfect for adding in even more of those rosy hues. You can DIY this look so easily too, all you need is some masking tape and some paint. Just create your mountain shapes with masking tape and paint in between the lines – easy peasy and you can go with what ever colours you and your child like. To add some stars, just pick up a a really cheap stencil if you don't trust your freehand skills.
23. Incorporate a workspace into your kid's room
Looking for kids' bedroom ideas for once they start school? As kids get older they are going to need a space to get homework done, or at least pretend to get homework done. Finding space to squeeze in a desk can be tricky in a smaller bedroom so look for neglected spaces that could be put to good use – alcoves are perfect for this – then install a small desk or even a shelf and you've got a work space.
No alcove? No problem. A wall mounted drop down desk with a few wall shelves will create a mini workstation and won’t take up too much precious square footage.