December 3rd, 2017

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Decorating a kid’s room can be a fun endeavor for you and your child, but it’s a task that presents a unique set of challenges. While kids’ bedrooms allow for a creative and daring design, they also have more functional requirements than other rooms in the home. You want the room to be a place to play, hangout and learn, but also a peaceful and relaxing oasis when it’s time to sleep. And of course, all your kid wants is for the room to be cool. Having a junior co-designer will give the whole project tons of more laughs (and possibly some tears), and allowing your child to have real input along the way will guarantee a space you will both love. Here are five steps to decorating a cool kid’s room that is fun, functional, and on trend.

Kid room designs

Choose a theme

The possibilities for kids’ rooms are endless. Both you and your child will probably have lots of ideas (read: too many ideas) about the overall design. Focus those thoughts by choosing a theme. Take inspiration from your child’s interests, keeping in mind that the theme is just a starting point and the end result doesn’t have to be a literal representation of that theme. Also remember that kids’ likes/dislikes can change fairly quickly and you want the room to be something that will grow with them.

Avoid choosing a television show or character theme — your three-year-old may love “Paw Patrol” now, but in a year will be on to something new. Instead, think about the theme more broadly; instead of “Paw Patrol,” take your inspiration from dogs and cats. For little kids, adventure themes are the current trend, from outer space to the jungle to ocean exploration. For older kids, the theme could be less particular interests and more design style — Scandinavian design, with clean lines and whimsical patterns, and geometric flair, a throw-back to the 80s, are both on trend this year.

Choose a color scheme

Choosing a theme should naturally lead to picking a color palette, which will help guide your subsequent design decisions. If you’re having trouble choosing colors, soft neutrals, particularly gray tones, are popping up as a base color in more and more children’s rooms. Grays are soothing and soft, and can be paired with bursts of brighter colors or metallic.

Pick out furniture

Furniture is the foundation that you’ll build the room around. These pieces will probably last through several décor changes, so you’ll want to spend time thinking about what you’ll need (a bed, clothing storage, seating, toy storage, writing desk, vanity, etc.) and what is right for the room size. The most important piece in the bedroom is obviously the bed. Start with a good quality mattress. Sleep is so important for kids of all ages, and this is one thing you want to get right. Next, choose furniture that coordinates with your theme. Current trends in furniture include beds with built-in storage and lofted spaces. You want larger pieces that are fairly neutral, making a statement with something smaller, like a retro egg chair, pouf or hammock, says Modernize.


Pick layers like window treatments, bed linens, wall hangings, throw pillows and rugs. As long as you stay within your color scheme, you can layer as many different patterns and textures as you wish. Your theme and color scheme should guide these choices. Decided on a camping motif? Choose a cozy white faux bearskin rug, mountain throw pillows, prints of national parks and linens with a subtle evergreen pattern.

Finish With flair

Finish the room by picking one feature that will make the room truly unique and fun for your child. Bold trends include wallpaper in a busy pattern on one wall, stripes on the walls or ceiling, chandeliers and personalized neon signs, Elle Decor says.

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