15 Cool Kids Bedrooms – How to Decorate a Child’s Room

1973 reis manwaring serigraph hangs in summer and josh son room

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As the one space they can truly call their own, a child’s bedroom should enable them to escape and feel inspired. It’s a challenge to design a bedroom for children without it ever veering too juvenile or mature. The most brilliant bedrooms embody the whimsy of child-like wonder with the discipline and style of a designer—or design-loving parent.

The key lies in playing up the creativity in your child’s bedroom while making sure everything feels organized. Don’t be afraid to lean into your colorful side by using bold paint shades to cover the walls and vivacious fabric patterns on curtains, pillows, bedding and more. Treat your child’s drawings like the masterpieces they are and frame them on walls for everyone to see. And most importantly, make sure there is plenty of storage to hide away all of those Legos and dolls when playtime is over.

Ready to start decorating with your kids? Check out these awe-inspiring and cool kids’ bedroom ideas from the nation’s top designers to help guide you along the process. They may even inspire you to add a little youthful energy to your own bedroom.

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Lacquered yellow-cab walls let the sunshine into Summer and Josh Thornton’s son’s room at their Chicago townhouse. A 1973 Reis & Manwaring serigraph adds an extra burst of artistic inspiration to the room. The side table by Henredon elevates the decor while providing storage for various toys.

A velvet pink headboard, geometric wallpaper, and ruffles come together to make the dream feminine bedroom for designer Janie Jones’ daughter. A delicate reading light (Circa Lighting) and soft linens (Matouk) make for the coziest landing spot for a little light reading before bed.

A kid’s bedroom is not complete without a desk for doing homework—and a groovy lava lamp. In this Pebble Beach girls’ room by decorator Mary McDonald, cotton twill draperies (Pierre Frey) trimmed in a whimsical opal bobble fringe (Houles) frame the incredible views of the neighboring vistas. Playful birds fly across the walls in a wallpaper McDonald designed for Schumacher.

The classic red, white, and blue palette has never felt more youthful than in this Upper East Side kids’ bedroom by designer Chiqui Woolworth. The tomato-red trim (Kravet) and a painted wrought-iron chan­delier energize the watery tones on the bed linens and valance.

This fairytale-like nursery in a 100-year-old Atlanta home showcases Melanie Turner‘s ability to make a monochromatic color palette feel so exhilarating. The faux-tented ceiling and walls are clad in a fresh apricot-hued fabric (Perennials). An Italian ceramic camel sits on a multicolor chevron rug (Missoni).

It’s hard to choose between the top or bottom bunk in this Palmer Weiss-designed bedroom when both offer impeccable views of Big Sky, Montana’s Rocky Mountain scenery. Wire-brushed white oak paneling wraps the bunk room, connecting it to its woodland landscape. The bedding is by Serena & Lily.

While her family’s cottage may be on Long Island, Today show co-host Jenna Bush Hager made sure elements of Texas made it into the interiors. Portraits by Texas native Natalie Erwin hang over her daughters’ twin beds, each dressed in linens by another Longhorn State designer, Bailey McCarthy (Biscuit).

Designers Maryline Damour and Mel Jones Jr. of Damour Drake transformed the upstairs sitting room at the Kips Bay Show House into an imaginative children’s room. Artistic clouds by Sienna Martz float across the ceiling like a mobile while a custom desk and chair create the ideal corner for art projects.

For the children’s bedroom at the Kips Bay Show House, Shelly Rosenberg wanted to highlight how a room can be design-forward while completely functional for someone with special needs. A hanging rattan swing (Serena & Lily) shows the importance of sensory design, as Rosenberg explains swings can be used to soothe a frustrated child. The custom daybed is covered in Yves Delorme linens.

Wishing upon a star is a daily event in this cozy kids’ bedroom by San Francisco-based designer Marea Clark. A night sky wallpaper by Cole & Son sparkles over a riot of florals on bedding by Coco & Wolf. The walls feature a tranquil paint color (Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue), while a white flower lamp by Stray Dog Designs adds a hint of playfulness.

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