Nursery/Kid's Room design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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The children’s bedroom & nursery ideas


When decorating a child’s room, it’s important to keep in mind how the room can be adapted as they grow older. Your child will use their bedroom not only as a place to sleep, but also a place to play, learn, and to express their own tastes and personalities. Giving your child a say in how their bedroom is designed will encourage them to establish their identities, though of course, it’s likely you will want your children’s room to reflect the decor in the rest of the home, too. It can be a process which involves compromise, but it can also be a rewarding task for both children and parents alike. At homify you will find many nursery ideas, boys bedroom ideas & girls bedroom ideas.

Children’s bedroom ideas & inspiration

Inspiration for decorating the children’s room can be drawn from everywhere, from their favourite books and T.V. shows, to their cuddly toys. We recommend looking through the many children’s room ideas available on the homify website and collecting some ideas that will inspire you. Prints and bright colours will appeal to a young child, but think of what will be suitable in the future. Keep the personal touches to soft furnishings, photos and easy to remove children’s wall stickers for a stress-free time when your child’s interests change. browse through our images for the best boys bedroom ideas & girls bedroom ideas.

What are some great baby nursery ideas & decor? 

Decorating a nursery is usually easier than decorating a child’s room, as the colour scheme and decor is left entirely up to you! However, if this prospect seems a little daunting, there are plenty of nursery ideas available on the homify platform to suit every type and style of home. As mentioned, children’s wall stickers can be a great way to engage a young child’s mind, so don’t be afraid to add these to the nursery. If you’d prefer to take a more traditional approach to designing the nursery, there are lots of great examples of boys bedroom furniture, as well as girls bedroom furniture, that you can find at homify. However, more often than not, parents are now choosing neutral colour schemes and gender neutral decor for the nursery.

How do I design a teenager’s bedroom? 

A teenager’s room is their sanctuary; the place they can relax and truly be themselves. It goes without saying that your teenager will want to have a say in the way their bedroom is decorated, so why not look through a selection of teenage bedroom ideas together, and come to a mutual decision about how it should look. If you’re redecorating the bedroom they had as a child, it’s likely they will want a whole new look. This might mean removing old wallpaper, painting a feature wall, and replacing the carpet or floorboards. If you kept the decor in your children’s rooms neutral, it will be easier to update, and may only require a few small changes, such as replacing cartoon prints with band posters, for example. It could be beneficial for your teenager to have a desk in their room where they can do their homework, as well as drawers and shelves to help them keep their school work organised. 

Tips for designing the child’s bedroom 

When decorating a children’s room, it pays to keep an overall look in mind to avoid the room becoming mismatched or cluttered. You often need more space than you might imagine to store toys, clothes and belongings, to opt for practical storage systems and make the functionality of the children’s bedroom furniture a priority.The bedroom should also be a place to grow and learn, so decorate in colours that will stimulate the mind, and create a safe and comfortable spot for your child to play. Some popular kids bedroom ideas include putting up educational posters, such as colourful maps or letters of the alphabet, which will brighten up the space and help your little one to develop their skills. Alternatively, invest in a whiteboard or ‘washable’ wallpaper where you child can display their artistic flair without making a mess of the house.Children’s curtains should block out the light well,  to ensure that they get the best night’s sleep possible, and children’s furniture should be sturdy and able to stand the test of time. 

Which wall colour should I use for the child’s bedroom?

The colour scheme in your children’s room will depend largely on your child’s favourite colours—maybe they want the colours of their football team, or perhaps they want a ‘princess’ room, where everything should be pink. Ultimately, the colours you choose should reflect your child’s personality whilst also looking tasteful and well-matched (unless you’re going for an eclectic look). A modern bedroom will tend to have neutral colours on the walls, which can be a blessing when the children’s room needs to be turned into a teenagers room. Avoid dark or overbearing colours as they can make the room feel cramped and claustrophobic, but also avoid a ‘clinical’ look with too many white, modern furnishings—children’s bedrooms should be characterful! 

Which flooring is suitable for a child’s bedroom? 

There are a number of options you can choose for the flooring in a boys bedroom or girls bedroom, but if you have young children, it’s probably best to avoid wooden floorboards, as the child will want something comfy to play on. If you already have exposed floorboards, simply add a large, colourful rug for comfort and functionality. Carpets are a good choice for the children’s room as they are easy to clean, though keep in mind they might need replacing after a few years. Darker colours will make more sense if you have a young child: cream carpets are a no-go! 

Which decor fits my child? 

Only you and your child know what decor will suit them best, but in a general sense, the decor in a child’s room is usually bright, cheerful and fun. This stimulates their mind and encourages their creativity and imagination from a young age. It might be that your child is a big fan of a particular pop band, and so they will enjoy posters, or themed bedding. Alternatively, they might have a favourite cartoon, and want their bedroom to be decorated as a homage to the show. It’s up to you to decide how best to balance their ideas with your own idea of what works, and what is ‘too much’. We recommend browsing through the wide selection of girls bedroom ideas and boys bedroom ideas available on the homify platform to help you.

Transforming the child’s room into a teenager’s room 

Depending on how the child’s room has been decorated, it could take a little or a lot of effort to turn it into a suitable room for a teenager. If the walls are neutral, and carpet is in a good condition, all you need to do is swap the teddys and toys for more sophisticated decor, and think about providing a bit of extra storage. Kids bedroom furniture might no longer be enough, and you’ll find you now need larger wardrobes to accommodate all of your teenagers belongings. A young girl might want a vanity table or full-length mirror to do her makeup and dress up, which is something she won’t have needed before. It could also be the case that your teenager needs a desk where they can do their homework. 

Setting up a small child’s bedroom

The child’s room is often the smallest bedroom, which means you will need to use the space wisely. A small child isn’t going to need a big bed: a single bed will be sufficient for a good few years, which means you can use the floor space for storage. No doubt there will be lots of toys, dolls and games which need hiding away, so invest in a larger wardrobe and chest of drawers, and ideally opt for a bed with storage underneath. Children’s cabin beds are great, as they offer extra storage space, and kids enjoy playing on them, too. However, make sure the furniture is proportional to the room, as bulky furniture can overwhelm the space and make it appear cramped. Consider which lighting options work best, and make sure there is a reading lamp or light switch by the bed. Fairylights are a nice addition to an older child’s room, and will help to creating a relaxing atmosphere.

Which style for the kids? 

It’s better to let your child decide which style suits them best, but of course, it’s also important to create a room that is in harmony with the rest of the home. Consider which approach will strike the best balance. 

Classic

A classic children’s room will incorporate vintage toys such as old rocking horses and intricate toy chests, as well as neutral, classic tones such as light blue and white. The textiles in a classic children’s room may be woven or knitted according to traditional methods, and the curtains will be of a rich fabric that gives the room an elegant and sophisticated feel. White or polished wooden furniture will fit perfectly into a classic children’s room, but as previously mentioned, the furniture should first and foremost be practical. 

Modern 

modern children’s room usually has a neutral colour palette and simple, sleek furniture. To create a modern children’s room, take a ‘less is more’ approach to the decor. Don’t overcrowd the room, or fill it with too many different colours. Opt for stylish, block colour rugs and stick to one colour for the walls, but add a personal feeling through the addition of framed prints and patterned bedspreads. 

Eclectic

An eclectic children’s room will incorporate a number of different styles and colours. When done properly, it can encourage the child to explore their creativity and let their imagination run wild. This look can be achieved by mixing bold colours and vivacious prints such as stripes, polka dots and floral patterns. 

Scandinavian 

To create a perfect Scandinavian style children’s room, use light colours and natural fabrics such as wool, cotton and timber. A faux fur rug would be a great addition to a Scandinavian style kids room as it is soft and comfortable for your child to play on. However, avoid light colours on the floor if you have a young child.