Kids have very specific visions of how they want to decorate their epic movie sets and elaborate fairy tales backdrops. And let's face it, the only way their bedroom will emulate the interior of the Millennium Falcon is if they hit the minor-league lottery. But not all fabulous kids rooms ideas live outside the realm of possibility. It just takes a balance of childlike imagination with adult practicality and style. Some expert interior designer advice doesn't hurt either, so we gathered our fifty favorite kids bedrooms to guide you.
Contained by goldleaf borders, the flowers climbing up the walls of designer Marie Flanigan's newborn daughter's room are actually mural wallpaper. Today, the daybed is "a cozy spot for late-night feedings, but one day it'll be her big-girl bed, with a trundle for sleepovers," the Houston Designer says. Stylish, ageless, multi-purpose furniture is always a good investment.
In the Hawaiian Kona-coast bedroom of a 13-year-old, surfboards pay homage to his happy place. At the occupant's request, San Francisco-based NICOLEHOLLIS made it a place where he can hang out with friends. "No matter the age, we always ask our clients how they live," she says.
Canopy beds are cool no matter what, but make it a tented canopy with a built-in pendant lamp and tassels and we're too floored. Also, why use an end bench when you can install an indoor lucite swing at the foot of your bed instead? Leave it up to Studio Heimat to knock the teenage bedroom design out of the park.
Is this not the coolest space you've ever laid eyes on? It has literally everything you could ever want: A distinguishable sense of place without relying on a cheesy theme, fun and one-of-a-kind architectural elements with functional value, cozy sleeping arrangements that don't take up the entire room, and plenty of accents that spark the imagination.
And next in line for most epic kid's rooms that double as play spaces, we bring you this bunk room designed by Southern California-based firm Studio Lifestyle. Aside from being the ultimate sleepover site, it's also tastefully decorated. The cactus-print wallpaper adds a nice neutral splash of color, which is reflected in the curtains that deliver privacy despite being a bunk bed (and hopefully sleep-in mornings).
But not every kid's room needs to be overtly playful to be age-appropriate. Sometimes it just makes more sense to keep the kid-friendly elements subtle. Bursting with warmth, this little girl's room designed by Studio DB is going to mature gracefully. That's thanks to the versatile yet distinct color scheme anchored around blush pinks, creamy tones, warm beige accents, and a touch of burgundy.
To soften the punchy stripes and colors of this bedroom, designer Susana Simonpietri of Chango & Co. hung a leather headboard that will continue to work as the seven-year-old boy grows up. "It's important to keep the child's current age in mind, as well as the years ahead of him," she says.
Obstacle course or dream bedroom? Hao Design Studio, a Taiwan-based firm, used rounded lines and muted tones for the imaginative girls' bedroom in Kaoshiung City, describing it as "an adventure amusement park." The second level is a playhouse and that you reach by ladder while you take the slide to get down.
If a room could be a hug, this is what it would look like. The chipper yellow gingham wallpaper envelopes the entire space designed by Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, unifying the many angles and corners. The architectural quirks, along with the punchy colors and fun fabrics, make it feel like a clubhouse.
A platform bed with drawers gives extra storage. It's perfect for all your kiddos' toys, or if you're lacking in closet space. This one designed by Studio DB doesn't feel overly childish, either.
Don't let that soft shade of purple fool you. MA Allen Interiors' client wanted a room that would empower her two-year-old granddaughter "to grow and pursue anything under the sun," so the North Carolina designer built in magical surprises to promote discovery and wonder.
When her now 12-year-old twins graduated from bunk beds, New York designer Alexa Hampton brought in grown-up furniture and a custom Dean Barger mural inspired by a family trip to Rome. They a room, "and that can be kind of a drag, so looking out of a fake window onto an Italian square," is some consolation, Hampton says.
"Clashing is fun, and throwing patterns together is easy," says designer Fawn Gali. The trundle bed in this teenager's room is from RHTeen, but it's given a personal twist with new upholstery in a cheeky fabric. The glossy white egg chair adds a crisp pop.
When you have the space for it, why not build more bunk beds? The more, the merrier. Rather than just putting two queen beds in the guest room, Studio McGee added twin bunks crossing overhead to maximize sleep space.
Designed by the queen of boho-cool, Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, this five-year-old's bedroom probably feels like a palace to its inhabitant. "I get in a time machine, think like a kid again, and pull in all the fun patterns and textures," the designer says. Exhibit A: the wallpapered ceiling cocooning the room.
Primary colors! Hand-painted details! Statement chandeliers! This bunk room designed by Bailey McCarthy is full of circus-like whimsy and vibrant energy.
Designed by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design, this little refuge exudes a quiet cheer. The soft, pleasant colors are unexpected in a kid's room, but the playful motifs, shapely daybed, and hanging chair add a fun, kid-friendly vibe.
"Less conventional than your typical navy, this striking green plays well with blue, red, gray, black, and even wood tones, making it the perfect accent color for a bedroom that can easily grow with its inhabitant," says designer Emily C. Butler.
With subtle nods to the whimsy of Candyland, this bedroom is the perfect transitional refuge for a child. Arent & Pyke chose a fun, colorful headboard to anchor the room and surge it with energy without veering on kitsch or relying on an overt theme.
Fair warning: Don't copy this look from NICOLEHOLLIS if you ever want your teenager to leave their room and join the rest of the family in the common spaces. It has everything they could ever need, from a study spot with a retractable desk (easy space-saving solution!) to a comfy hanging chair, and a cozy bed. The raised bed and reading nook create an illusion of separation, really making the most out of one bedroom.
Designed by Emily Henderson, this kid's nature-inspired bedroom doubles as a playroom. The climbing wall is the obvious highlight. The neutral tones ensure a more stylish aesthetic and the strategically-placed floor cushions lighten things up. There's also a canopy over the bed evocative of a tent, so the room really feels like a camping experience.
In this adorable room designed by Mia Brous and Kerri Goldfarb of Madre, everything feels as unique as it does functional (not always the easiest balance to strike!). The stool makes lounging more comfy, but it also adds a fun personal touch with the child's name on it. We're also loving the color scheme in this room. Their clients wanted a happy bright space, so the designers "decided to go bold with coral. Orange undertones keep it from veering too pink."
In this boy's bedroom designed by Barry Dixon, the various prints bring intrigue to the calming blue tones used throughout. The canopies above the twin beds were inspired by his love of camping, infusing the decor with more meaning.
Just because you don't have a giant space doesn't mean there isn't room for play—it's all about using space strategically. In this manhattan apartment, Studio DB went vertical to create a play-pen-meets-bed above a desk, which the child can use as a hang out spot or reading nook when they're older. The pocket door also makes the tiny room feel like double the size.
This bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke takes advantage of every storage opportunity, from the platform bed with built-in drawers to a colorful wall cubby. The little sitting nook at the end of the bed gives the occupant a place to hang out other than the bed without adding a bulky sitting area in the small room.
This little library of books with a cozy built-in daybed is sure to raise a bookworm. The curtains make it feel like a little nest and add a nice sense of privacy, which is perfect in a room siblings .
In this girl's bedroom designed by Studio DB, the whimsical pastel wallpaper, colorful catch-alls, spirited school banner on the wall speak to the occupants personal style. The tiered chandelier, stool, pendant, mirror, and vanity also feel fresh and youthful, but will last beyond those teenage years.
"We energized a kids' room with a trio of island beds from Maine Cottage in a juicy red. Paired with walls in an easy-to-use blue with gray undertones, it's a perfect blend of comforting and cozy," says designer Tom Stringer.
This bedroom designed by Amber Interiors is going to age well over the years. With a full size bottom bunk and twin on top, this is a bed that a child can grow into as they get older. The larger size makes it feel more spacious and mature, while the soft colors and room for playing make the bedroom feel youthful.
Rather than looking at the decorating process as a stressful thing, see it as an opportunity to bond and encourage them to get involved so their personality and passions shine through. This is how their room will become a place that fosters exploration and growth. This space designed by Robson Rak is a great example. It isn't too fussy or over-the-top and can easily be reworked ad the child develops new interests or taste—, it still fits in with the rest of the home. But then the side table/ oversized stacked Legos are thoroughly kid-centric and fun.