5 Tips for Designing Better Kids Rooms
06/02 Design Tips

5 Tips for Designing Better Kids Rooms

Balancing playfulness and longevity

The process of designing kids’ rooms brings a different set of challenges than any other space in the home.

It can be hard to find a balance between playfulness and longevity in the process. When working with our clients to design kid’s spaces, we want to make design choices that reflect their personalities and give them room to grow, whether they are three or thirteen. 

Here are five of our favorite tips for designing kids’ rooms: 

No. 1: Give them room to grow

Unfortunately, we can’t keep our babies little forever, and they have a new favorite color every week. Although we always want to design kids’ rooms that feel playful, the truth is, if you’re always designing for your child’s age, you’ll never stop.  

Investing in essential pieces that are versatile enough to grow up with your little one gives you a base to layer age-appropriate accents so you can avoid needing to re-haul everything at every stage.  

Start with a streamlined dresser, a bed that can transition from one age to the next, versatile nightstands, and even lighting that will evolve with the space over time. 

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5 Tips for Designing Better Kids Rooms
5 Tips for Designing Better Kids Rooms

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Room to grow

Versatile essentials for every stage.
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Mina Upholstered Bed
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Keil Swing Arm Wall Light
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Faris Bed
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Uli Dresser
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Zenon Nightstand
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Tess Ceramic Table Lamp

No. 2: Incorporate pattern

Patterns bring so much dimension and energy to a design, and although we incorporate them in every room, kids’ spaces provide the perfect opportunity to go bold.  

Whether you’re going bold with wallpaper or layering in patterned textiles, don’t be afraid to mix and match for a playful look. 

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Mix match and layer for dimension.
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Demi Floral Stripe Wallpaper
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No. 3: Layer in soft seating  

When designing kids’ rooms, we always try to create more seating with soft rocking or swivel chairs in the corner that can later be used for a reading nook, layered ottomans, or even end-of-bed benches. 

Considering seating pieces that can be used by both you and your kids throughout different stages is a great place to start. Even a more mature chair and ottoman pairing can be styled with pillows and throws for a playful touch! 

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5 Tips for Designing Better Kids Rooms

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5 Tips for Designing Better Kids Rooms

From our Cove Remodel: Kids’ Spaces

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Layer in seating for the everyday.
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Beau Bench
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No. 4: Add personality with styled mementos 

Although we love using baskets for hiding away toys and books, displaying a few favorites as decor makes for easy access and added personality.  

Hanging a pinboard or memo board is another great way to create a space for things like photos, movie tickets, or other mementos. 

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No. 5: Bring in playful artwork  

We love to use artwork to incorporate a child’s personality into their space, so it really reflects them. When choosing artwork, stick with more playful prints to keep their room youthful.  

Animals, florals, and other fun images will make their room feel unique and personal to them. 

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Petites Fleurs
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  1. I am 12 years old, and I got a bed about a half a year ago thats navy blue. Its the wrong color and so its the texture. I really want to change my newly remodoled room right now because its so ugly. I know if I say that my parents won’t let me because it cost so much money, and they make me fel really bad and say I’m spoiled. I really don’t know what to do becuase whenever I walk into my room I want to go out right away, but thats not how a bedroom should fell like, right? Any tips for making it feel a little nicer and lighter?

    1. Samantha, maybe get a job babysitting or something and save up to get some nice things for your room. Paint is relatively inexpensive and can brighten things up.

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