Kids’ bedrooms provide the ideal place for your little one’s creativity to thrive. At the same time, however, they can present challenges as your child continues to change over time; what worked well when they were toddlers may no longer work when they become elementary schoolers.
Help your child’s room develop with them by adding some simple DIY design ideas. Use gallery walls to display their drawings or peel-and-stick wallpaper for quick updates.
- Paint the Walls a Neutral Color
For wall colors that can withstand frequent use, try washable emulsion such as Dulux Easycase or Wickes Tough & Washable Matt. Dark gray works well as it complements most decor options.
Rather than painting their entire room in bright hues, suggest that they choose just one section – like an accent wall – so when they tire of that particular hue you only have to change one small section at once.
- Add Patterns & Texture
Growing children change quickly and the paint colors and bedroom furniture that work for toddlers may no longer suit them when they become elementary school students. Introducing patterns and textures can keep their room looking contemporary.
By mixing textures and patterns that contrast each other, it can add visual interest. Here, orange plaid blankets paired with faux wood-paneled walls create an eye-catching visual. A striped rug adds even more visual stimulation!
- Create a Gallery Wall
A gallery wall can add immense personality and interest to any space. Start by sketching a mock-up on paper before placing each piece directly on the wall – leaving space between each item for easy access.
Don’t shy away from patterns when designing your child’s room; this doodle-inspired mural from Vintage Revivals provides a fun and lively option.
- Add Storage
Storage units on multiple levels are an effective way of maintaining order in children’s rooms, and picture ledges or plate rails can be filled with kid-made artwork, flea market canvases or seasonal pictures to liven up walls and keep clutter at bay.
Shelving can also make a tremendous difference in a playroom, helping to separate living from sleeping spaces and promote an orderly clean-up regime. Here, lower shelves display creative mason jar designs from this room’s collection.
- Add a Fun Rug
Children tend to change their minds often when it comes to what they like and don’t like, making it challenging to keep up with their ever-evolving tastes. To help accommodate for this reality, choose decor that can easily be updated over time.
As their tastes evolve, a washable rug is easily interchangeable for something new. Storage options like travel trunks, teepee-shaped shelves or school locker style drawers add flair and personalize their space further.
- Add a Window Treatment
An energy-efficient blind can add both fun and functionality to a children’s room window treatment, cutting energy costs while controlling natural lighting levels in their bedroom.
Curtains and drapes make an excellent addition to a child’s room, especially those featuring vividly-hued or printed patterns. When searching for child-safe options with no looped cords for safety concerns.
- Add a Pop of Color
Painting your children’s room can be one of the quickest and easiest ways to transform their space, but there are other ways you can bring color into their space as well.
Decorating accents are an effective way to achieve an eye-catching look without making an irreversible commitment. Cup of Jo created this boys’ room featuring an eye-catching map which encourages curiosity about our world while still remaining budget friendly.
- Add a Fun Light Fixture
Light fixtures that resemble climbing walls, bunk bed ladders or pirate ships can help ignite their imagination and serve as nightlights to guide their activities before bedtime. Plus, these pieces may help them burn off excess energy!
Frugal wall art and Amazon window films are other inexpensive ways to add fun touches to your children’s room without breaking the bank. By expressing themselves and their unique personalities without breaking the bank.
- Add a Wall Mirror
As kids grow, so too do their tastes. By adding fun touches like a truck bed frame or mounted dinosaur shelving units to their room, parents can help keep up with changing interests while keeping things fun for themselves and their guests.
Kristin of Yellow Bliss Road used stencils and painter’s tape to give her son’s bedroom makeover an affordable makeover using colorful designs created with stencils and tape to transform his room on a tight budget.
- Add a Fun Bed
Your child’s room can serve as the perfect opportunity for them to express themselves creatively. However, paint colors or furniture that work for toddlers may no longer meet the requirements of elementary schoolers.
Revamp their bedroom furniture with a fresh coat of paint! Pre-made chalkboard or magnetic paint specifically tailored for furniture may even be available; or search Etsy for low-priced digital download wall art that can easily be framed according to interests.