I know I said that choosing furniture for kid’s rooms was the best part about having kids, but I think picking out kid’s room decor is actually the #1 best thing in the world.
I mean, huge room, small room, whatever your kid snoozes and plays in, figuring out how to decorate it is. So. Fun.
But before you run out and throw a bunch of cash around, take a deep breath and make a small game plan about how you want to decorate your kid’s room.
What to Think About When Decorating Your Kid’s Room
Here are some printables you can use to brainstorm decor ideas for your kids; just click here to download the pdf.
Themed rooms are a super creative way to celebrate your kid’s interests and encourage them to immerse themselves in play.
You can obviously go all out with murals and specially-created structures and props, or you can theme a kid’s room more conservatively.
Wall vinyls, bedding, and a few strategic props can all come together beautifully to still give a bedroom the feel of whatever world you’re trying to create for them.
If you’re brainstorming ideas for a themed room, here are some themes to consider:
- Favorite games
- Snacks (Flamin’ Hot Cheetos room, anyone?)
These can all be incorporated into the theme or be the main theme of the room. You can also narrow into any of these themes or keep the theme broad.
Trying to organize and keep track of all your kid’s room decor ideas can get a little overwhelming, which is why I recommend dedicating some Pinterest boards or a binder specifically for this job.
Decorating shared kid bedrooms can be a little tricky if your kids have totally different tastes.
If this is the case, stick with decor in a more basic flavor, and concentrate on each kid’s bed/desk/shelves to add in personal touches.
Little touches of their personality here and there will let them express their tastes without overwhelming their sibling.
If there’s something they both like, you can concentrate on adding more of that element into their room.
Toys, animals, robots, maps, alphabet, are all pretty common themes that many kids would enjoy, but I’m sure there are a few winners that will pop up if you brainstorm ideas with your kids.
Decor For Gender Neutral Rooms
If you have a boy and girl sharing a room, or you just want to keep their bedroom from going too far ‘girly’ or ‘boy’, you can go in a few different directions.
- Stick with mostly neutral colors. Black and white can be surprisingly fun and playful in kid’s bedrooms, and you can throw in some color here and there.
- Go all-out crazy colorful. If lots of colors are represented, you won’t have to worry about going too far in the ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ direction. Riots of color can be really energizing and creativity-boosting, but make sure you still stick to a color palette or the room will look chaotic.
- Natural woods and earthy tones look great in kid’s rooms, and will stay relevant as your kids grow.
Your kids will find ways to add in their touches, favorite toys, and personality, but you can give them a little more of a simple jumping-off point.
This does not mean the room has to be boring! There are plenty of stunning and super-fun gender neutral bedrooms from which to gather inspiration and ideas.
Girly Decorated Rooms
Of course, if your wee little kiddo is ALL ABOUT princesses, fairies, pink, glitter, etc, you’ll have no lack of resources for ‘girly’ decor. What else would you call this? I’ll just keep using ‘girly’ for lack of a better term.
A word of caution: don’t overdo the pink and purple and gorgeous organza whatevers. A little goes a long way with this stuff, and you can still delight their sparkly senses without smothering them in princess vibe.
Start with a few big, favorite pieces and add more details from there. A lovely, flowing pink bed net can start you off as the focal point, and you can coordinate from there.
- Fuzzy, bright shag rug
- Projector night light – I love this one, but there are about a million of them to choose from. 🙂
- 3D butterfly wall decals
- This adorable small kid loveseat. Those pillows, right?
- Fancy schmancy little chandelier
Now I totally wish my daughter was 4 again….
Cool Decor For Boy Rooms
Again, I know there are girls who prefer a more masculine look to their rooms, but for categorizing sake, I’m sticking with ‘cool boy’ decor ideas here.
Maybe you just got a visual flash of a room full of royal blue and khaki everything, but boy rooms can go in lots of different decorating directions.
Even if you want to take your kid’s room in an extreme girl or extreme boy direction, I would urge you to start with a few gender neutral basics and build from there.
Decorating Kid’s Rooms on the Cheap
You really don’t have to spend a zillion dollars on decorating your kid’s rooms. Invest in a few good quality pieces, and then approach decorating with a sense of experimentation.
- Mix in some garage sale or thrift store treasures to give your kid’s room a more eclectic look.
- Try your hand at a few simple DIY projects for their rooms (get them involved!)
- With their okay, use a few of their toys as decorations. The easiest way to do this is with wall shelves to display some of their favorites, but you can also make toy car sculptures, hang stuffed animals in nets on the wall, etc.
Kids Room Wall Decor
- Gallery walls – Instead of slapping up a few posters or kid art pieces, think gallery wall! Use the same principles you would use with your own gallery wall, and your kid can have a really fun visual focal point on their room.
- Posters – posters don’t need to be 3M tabbed up, they can actually be framed to make them look about a zillion times better. Or try these extra-cool poster hanger frames.
- Wall decals – You can find wall decals in just about any theme or style your little brain can think up. They’re a fun, easy way to decorate walls, and many are inexpensive enough so you can swap them out regularly. These are great for any kid.
- Art – There is SO MUCH good art for kids out there. Here! Here! Here!
- Wallpaper – Wallpaper is a more permanent investment, but with options like this magnetic dino wallpaper, definitely worth it.
- Paint – No doubt you’ve heard that paint is the cheapest way to transform the look of a room. That goes doubly if you get a little creative with how you paint your kid’s room. Think: designs, murals, color blocking.
Bedding as Kid’s Room Decor
Kid room bedding is huge. I remember spending so long looking over my Snoopy sheets every night, and that is what comforted me, slowed my brain down, and ultimately lulled me to sleep.
I firmly believe sheets with characters or subject matter your kids love will soothe them and also probably trigger so many other positive brain connections we can’t conceive of yet.
Wow, that’s a lot to put on sheet designers, but I bet I’m not the only one to feel this way.
So there’s more to bedding. Have a chat with your kid about what kinds of comforters and blankets they like. Bedding is so subjective, and you obviously want them to get the best night sleep they can, so find out what they want and go from there.
I love a kid room with gorgeous hardwood floors, but wall-to-wall carpeting or other materials can work, too.
- Carpeting – The wall-to-wall carpeting above is understated, and you can throw cute little area rugs over it to change it up.
- Rugs – Throw rugs are an amazing way to add color and patterns to a kid’s room. Think about tucking a big one partway under the bed, or scattering a few smaller rugs around.
- Wood or other – Hardwood floors are gorgeous, but you can find some great-looking durable laminates as well. And then you can use these liquid fusion tiles on the floor!
Decorating With Activities
Legos on walls are some of the very coolest kid’s room decor ideas I’ve seen in kid’s rooms this decade. Here’s a tutorial on how to make a straightforward Lego wall, but you can slap Lego plates on just about any flat surface you have.
This giant wall toy holder looks so cool and can be display or a fun toy hotel.
This is what I would say out loud if I scrolled down to this part of the post: PLANTS IN A KID’S ROOM?!?!? I CAN’T EVEN KEEP THEM ALIVE.
But hear me out: My daughter started dabbling in keeping plants in her bedroom at age 13, and after a long string of casualties has learned to keep them alive.
I think there are some great lessons to be learned by giving your kids a plant to care for. Start with an easy one like Lucky Bamboo – maybe they won’t want a puppy if they have a plant to love. 🙂
Window Treatments for Kid’s Rooms
Window treatments make a dramatic difference to any room. In fact I like to think of them as a major piece of artwork that can tie the room together or ruin the whole vibe. No pressure…
- Curtains – On a practical note, blackout curtains are the best way to go for kids to help promote sleep. Luckily nowadays you can actually find some super-cute blackout curtains for kids like these and these.
- Blinds – I’m a big fan of wooden blinds over nasty metal mini blinds. The end.
- Shades – Shades can help block some light in lieu of blackout curtains, or they can be used in a more pared-down bedroom. Try honeycomb shades with or without curtains.
Can we start a law that bans single overhead lights in any bedrooms? Great. Now that that’s out of the way, you can think beautiful lighting for kid’s rooms:
- Lamps – Kid’s lamps are fun! You can go from plain lamps to lamps on steroids that have usb ports, outlets, 45 colors, dimmers, etc.
- Fairy lights – Ya notice the big fairy light boom that just won’t quit? It’s because they are so wonderful and magical in a kid’s room. And you can find them in so many styles and colors. I think a strand or 8 of little twinkly lights might be a necessity in any kid’s room.
- Hanging lights – You can replace the horrid generic overhead light with a cool designy light like this star.
- Wall lights – yep, wall lights can save surface space and still be great in a kid’s room next to their bed. Especially if they like to tell you they are going to sleep, but then they secretly read their book for the next hour.
Above all, have fun and take your time pulling a kid’s room together. Sometimes it takes a little patience when you’re looking for the right decor pieces, but it will by far be the most fun you have decorating!