Kids' bedroom ideas: 23 tips for a creative and exciting space

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

Kids' bedroom ideas
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Kids' bedroom ideas should be both practical and stylish, and you are in the right place to find the perfect inspiration. After all, 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 colors out and decorations. Sure you might have to veto 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 color will at least make their space feel their own. If you are not sure where to start, take some time out with your little one to have a look through these looks...

And, if you want bedroom ideas for grown ups, then you can take look at our edit later!

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 color 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

Ikea children's play tent

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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 cozy 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 color combinations with paint. Blues and pastels are tried and tested paint color 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 color blocking ideas for rooms.

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

Ikea children's room

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If you are after kids' bedroom ideas that will last into their teens, opt for a bold all-over color 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 color, 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

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How lovely is this kid's bedroom idea? A soft pastel color 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 colorful room that's not going to be too overwhelming. 

8. Add a fun mural to a kids' bedroom 

Child's bedroom by Studio Sirio

(Image credit: Studio Sirio)

It's not just about paint and wallpaper, you can be playful with kids bedroom design by factoring in 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 color and a striking mural.

9. Use shutters to add pops of colour

Shutters by California Shutters

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Another kids' bedroom idea that will add a burst of color without painting the walls is with colorful shutters, which you can have color-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 and they work great in small children's rooms too.

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 colorful 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. For more wallpapers for children's rooms check out our gallery. 

11. Go for a stylish botanical print

Jungle wallpaper designed by Rina Donnersmarck

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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

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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 

Ikea hack with side board and rainbow paint

(Image credit: Ikea/Benjamin Edwards)

We love this Ikea kid's bedroom idea, the colors 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 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 accessorize 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 color 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

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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 coloring will work in any interior.

17. Dress the windows with cute prints 

world travel map window blind

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Window treatments add the finishing touch to a room, pulling together a whole color scheme in one sweep. Choose one that is bright and colorful 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 

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

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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 

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.

22. DIY a wall mural in a kid's bedroom

Danielle and Andy Lisle transformed her old teenage home in Gateshead so it was perfect for modern family life

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

We are loving the soft color 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 colors 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 

Children's bedroom idea by Norsu Home

(Image credit: Norsu Home)

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. 

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