A mess of toys on the floor. A heap of laundry strewn over every inch of your kid’s room. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there, but these minimalist kids’ rooms will give you hope – and ideas to banish the clutter. From creating zones so the kids know where to plop their stuff to limiting a colour palette, here’s a roundup of rooms and ideas to evoke a sense of calm.
A Boho Touch
Kids tend to acquire lots of stuff, which is fine if everything has its place. Three shelves anchored over a desk make for a good display spot for curios in this boho-inspired girl’s bedroom. It was decorated by the blogger behind Emmerson & Fifteenth, which you can read more about here. Textural interest and colour arises from the caneback headboard, shaggy pillow and the vibrant tie-dye bedspread.
Lovely in Lilac
“I’ve seen first hand the benefits that organization has on a child’s developmental growth,” says professional organizer Ivanka Siolkowsky of The Tidy Moose, a former elementary school teacher. Siolkowsky worked with her nine-year-old client to remove items that don’t spark joy, so she can enjoy the ones that do – they’re on the bookshelf.
Neat in Neutral
To encourage neatness, create zones so your littles know where to stow their stuff. This sweet, simple Scandi-esque space by Winter Daisy even has a little desk station and a basket (great for corralling bits and bobs). A bunk bed in fresh white bedding against subtly patterned wallpaper evokes a sense of calmness.
In a small room, clutter can get out of hand fast. Make sure to use every inch of space: go vertical, like Winter Daisy’s Melissa did in this lovely room, where shelves are both for display and storage (don’t forget to anchor that shelf to the wall!). Slouchy seagrass baskets on top offer more hidden storage.
Invest in Millwork
If budget allows, custom millwork is perfect for your mini Marie Kondo. Work with your contractor to design a space packed with hidden storage to keep clutter at bay. This multi-purpose bunk bed features drawers at its base, a tall closet with drawers below it and even sliding storage for each child behind vibrant green panels.
So much groove with so little! This cheery, colourful room harnesses the power of repeated pattern and colour to create punch – hello matching pillows, books and wall decals.