Children’s rooms are the best spaces to design. You get free reign to be wildly imaginative. So go on and install the zaniest wallpaper. Take it right across the ceiling! Or, suspend a bunkbed, install a slide or DIY a grassy headboard. These are just some of the inventive ideas in this roundup. But the most important lesson when designing a children’s space? Don’t over think it. There’s plenty of time for kids to take themselves seriously.
“I wanted my daughter’s room to feel like she is sleeping in the clouds with a whimsical and enchanting theme,” says designer Natasha Penzo-McIntosh of Urban Blueprint and Homekin. “It’s a Cole & Son Fornasetti wallpaper that depicts rolling skies and it has an understated colour, which gave us the opportunity to work with pops of pink for her furniture and decor.” Natasha further elevated this space with a regal bed, inviting a stuffed sheep to the party just for the fun of it.
Gallery Wall Goals
Bunched art catches the eye. Designer Alisha Sturino of Otty Design & Build created this adorably whimsical vignette that she anchored over a dresser. There are no rules! Mix up the pieces (vintage and big box) and hey, throw in a a framed drawing from your own kid to free up fridge space.
Ledges and Limewash
Dreaming of a Colourful Art Zone
An art area helps keep kids off their devices — for an hour, anyway. Designer Jo Smeeth of INDA Interiors created this artsy room using elements such as a wallpapered feature wall in happy shades of orange, pink and green that she coordinated with fabulously loud drapes. There’s also the very functional shelf stockpiled with supplies and a sturdy pedestal table with fun rattan poufs.
Small Kid, Big Features
Bring in elements that grow with your child, so you’re not forced to redecorate every few years. In this sumptuous kid’s bedroom designed by Ching M. Tan of Tan Interiors, a cushy channel-tufted headboard adds luxury and sophistication. Pale pinks and creams will grow with the lucky little inhabitant.
This striking yet simple kid’s bedroom by architect Rick Galezowski of Great Lake Studio proves that small spaces can have a big presence. The lofty bunk bed — with a safety barrier made of climbing rope — is accessed by open-riser stairs and features a tucked-away bookcase. And the all-white space has a pleasing calmness to it.
While the tones may be in the clay-grey neutral territory, there’s nothing flat about this adorbs kids’ room by Rebecca Simon of Maison Ellie. The secret’s in the mix: Striped curtains and sheets, a checkered Loloi rug and the cutest jungle wallpaper are the hero design elements here.
Style With Plants
Greenery is often MIA in a lot of kid’s rooms — but not in the case of design director Alexandra González-Vučina. She created this sweet set-up, tucking in a variety of plants in the space to liven it up. The modern desk and shelves aren’t crammed with objects, but have breathing room, making for good eye candy.
Part play structure/part sleep zone, this is a bedroom any kid would be proud to show friends. The brainchild of Maison Ellie the custom pale wood millwork structure incorporates both open and closed storage for display, a bunk bed, stairs and a slide. Weeeee!
Build a Desk Station
Sure, you can throw in a little desk and be done with it — or you can design a bespoke desk area like interior decorator Melanie Kushner did in this beautiful kid’s room. The custom millwork amplifies the space, giving it a luxurious look and all that hidden storage is functional, too.
How amazing is this boy’s bedroom by Michaela Burns of Mint Decor? It has grown-up gravitas. The awesome map wallpaper is by Rebel Walls, while the black sconces give the space architectural heft. If you don’t want to hardwire your lights, Michaela recommends checking out the excellent plug-in sconces on the market. These are from Wayfair.
Every kid loves a daybed. Part sofa/part snooze pad, you can’t go wrong by popping one in your kid’s room. Interior designer Mirelle Goren did that in this girl’s lovely bedroom. Jazzy prints — we’re looking at you, drapes, wallpaper, pillows and rug — also add a layer of headturning interest to the room.
Create a Cool Headboard
This kid’s bedroom by Ashley Rose of Rose Interiors is chock-a-block with cheeky elements that make it sing, including the treatment of the painted-green ceiling, the palm wallpaper, pink wall swatch and suspended chair. Ashley DIYed the headboard by building a wood frame and then attaching faux boxwood onto it.
Kids love secret hiding spots. This cute rendition by Ashley Rose of Rose Interiors was once a closet. Dark paint, thick padding and plush bedding for comfort, plus fairy lights, a macrame hanging and shelves equals perfection.
Wraparound Shelves and a Nook
Every kid loves a reading nook. We’re crushing on this pillow-piled one by interior stylist Christine Viinberg. Wraparound shelves with closed storage drawers underneath complete this fantastic zone that also has a little desk close by.
This is a Stick-Up
Sharing is Caring
Siblings sharing a bedroom? Here’s an incredibly cool idea to let each person have breathing room. Joanne Lam of Picnic Design created this two-in-one kids’ room by taking advantage of the 11-foot-high ceiling. The one-of-a-kind floor-to-ceiling bunkbed acts as a generous divider (the other side features the sister’s space). The millwork is by the amazing 1925 Workbench.