Give your kids a space they will love to call their own with these seven tips and tricks from moms and designers that know a space has to grow and evolve with the family to thrive.
01 Find Your Inspiration
Taking on the project to decorate a kid’s bedroom or playspace might feel overwhelming with so many styles and looks out there.
“I’m a lover of design magazines,” says Jamie Harriman, a mother of three, who transformed a part her basement into a play space for her children to put on concerts and dance rehearsals.
She looked at Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz and her favorite design magazine, LivingEtc, to come up with a personal style that is beautiful, playful and most importantly— functional for the family.
02 Start with One Piece
Still feeling stuck on how to start? Find an item that you absolutely love and that you know must go into the room.
“The client had this artwork and quilt that they wanted to use and we built the color palettes from that,” says Cherie Goff, a partner and architect from HMH Architecture + Interiors.
Make these pieces the focal point of your room and let the rest of the design flow through those inspirations.
03 Add a Fun Nook or Hideaway
A great feature to add to a child’s space is a nook, bunk bed, or place for kids to hideaway and go into their own world. Goff incorporated a bunk bed and a play area underneath for the children to have friends over for sleepovers or somewhere to have an alone space. Harriman’s curtain in the playroom creates imagination for her children and helps divide the space from the rest of the basement.
04 Be Mindful of Growth
Children grow quickly and have changing interests as they develop into teenagers.
“Kids change fast; it’s nice to have things that move with them,” says Stephanie Waddell, an interior designer at Agnes & Hoss who designed her son’s room with his growth in mind.
She designs consciously and tries to find pieces that her son and family will use forever.
“Buy things kids can grow with—it’s more environmentally responsible and interesting,” says Waddell. “Buy something that lasts—and it will last you for 20 years.”
05 Take Small Risks
“The idea is to design something for right now, but can be taken out in the future,” says Goff.
Goff recommends keeping cabinets, tiles and other expensive home features sophisticated and adult so you don’t have to make big changes frequently. But taking small risks like painting on the ceiling is a fun way to spice up a kid’s room without too much cost.
“Paint is something easy to fix,” says Goff. “If they get tired of the orange, we can change it.”
06 Add an Accent Wall or Mural
Paint a mural or accent wall to your kid’s room to create eye-popping attention and evoke imagination in your little ones. Waddell took inspiration from the Flatirons to create a custom mural on her son’s wall. It’s now her son’s favorite part of the room. In Goff’s design, accent walls were implemented with different colors throughout the entire house for consistency.
07 Add a Custom Piece
Another way to make your space original and interesting is to add custom pieces. Reach out to a local artisan who can make you custom desks, tables or other pieces of furniture that will be unique and last forever. Harriman even had her husband build the dress-up bin for the playroom. By using custom pieces, the space is made your own.