Kids Room Design: 9 Ways to Design a Space for the Little One in Your Life

If you’ve got kiddos in the family, you know how much they love having a cool space to call their own! Depending on your kids’ ages and personal tastes, kids room design can involve a number of factors to come up with ideas. Whether it’s a girl’s room, boy’s room, baby’s room or pre-teen’s room, kid’s room designs will each have their own set of unique design challenges.

For example, a big consideration is designing a space they love now that will also last over the years. You also have to consider your personal budget, the style of the child’s room, and of course, all of the bedroom essentials: bed, storage, a sturdy rug, and other items that reflect their personality and interests.

All that to say, no matter if you’re looking for girls or boys bedroom ideas, there is a lot to factor in when planning a great kids room design—but you don’t need to hire a dedicated interior designer to make it all come together. If you’re embarking on a new bedroom design for the kids in your house, check out these 9 kids room design ideas to help inspire you!

1. Kids Room with an Under the Sea Theme

This is one of our favorite kids bedroom ideas for boys or girls who love animals! Start with a blue color scheme to set the stage for a cozy sleeping space. Tie in the wall color with a blue rug, pillows, and trunk. The patterned blue decor adds extra texture and makes a child’s room more dynamic. Rustic style furniture is the perfect choice for a warm, inviting bedroom and the natural wood textures fit right in.

There’s plenty of storage with the trunk at the end of the bed, nightstands with drawers and a dresser. Bonus: the trunk can double as extra seating for other family members! This kids room design features a symmetrical layout with the bed centered in the room—great for kiddo who wants a more sophisticated bedroom style. This is one of our favorite ideas if you have a storage or kids trundle bed, so the drawers/extra sleeping spot can be easily rolled into room.

2. Bright, Colorful, and Fun Bedroom Design

This fun, playful design is perfect for a kid who isn’t afraid to have fun. The key elements are the colorful bed, the cheery rug and all the pops of color and texture throughout the room design. We love the spindle bed in cheery orange-pink because it offers a playful update on a traditional design style. And the gallery wall above the bed is one of our favorite ideas because it lets kids show off their unique personality with pictures, artwork, etc.!

The matching set of nightstand, dresser and bookcase are perfect for your young son or daughter’s room. It offers a more coordinated vibe so the furniture doesn’t look too hodge-podge. This makes it easy if you don’t want to think about coordinating a bunch of different pieces—and you can swap in new, fun pieces over time. Plus, purchasing furniture as a set can often be a lot cheaper on the family budget.

3. Bedroom Design for the Rustic Animal Lover

Who says brown walls have to be boring? This rustic, brown kids room design is perfect for the adventurous animal lover in your home. The brown walls give a girl’s or boy’s room a cool, cozy vibe and the neutral base is soothing—a great choice for a peaceful sleeping space.

This style incorporates pops of pattern with the rug, throw pillows, and other decor. The quirky, hanging swing will be a hit among kids and friends and offers a cool alternative to a reading nook. And the fun animal art is kid-friendly but won’t feel too much like a children’s room in a few years! There’s also a ton of extra storage in the end of bed trunk and the tiger basket so you don’t have to worry about excess clutter in this kid’s bedroom.

4. A Kids Bedroom in Classic Blue

Blue is a great color for children’s rooms. It’s gender-neutral and works for a boy’s room or girl’s room. Blue is a soothing color that can grow with them over the years. Not to mention it goes with almost any furniture/decor! Layered rugs are great for adding extra plush to the room to make it even cozier. The layered look makes a colorful pop and still offers extra floor coverage. Putting a jute rug underneath is a great option because you can get larger sizes at affordable prices. They’re also good for high-traffic areas, like kids’ rooms!

The wall-mounted shelves don’t take up any extra floor space and also add a lot of extra storage—always needed in a kid’s room. You can keep books tucked away but still in easy reach for bedtime stories. And the stars and moon decor will be a hit for the outer space enthusiast! The moon is actually a lamp and makes a wonderful nightlight and a charming addition to the space.

5. Pre-Teen’s Bedroom in Sunny Boho Style

This fun room is one of our favorite kid’s bedroom ideas for a pre-teen who’s ready for a room refresh. The vibrant and eclectic look helps to show off style and personality—your kiddo will be the life of the slumber party! The gold bed frame is a super chic look and goes with so many decor styles. Furniture pieces like this are great because they have major staying power—in a kids’ room that’s important because you won’t have to replace it in a few years.

The desk in the corner offers the perfect study spot and also doubles as a nightstand on the other side of the bed. Rattan accents like the desk chair and nightstand add a fun 80s pop. Plus they are stylish AND affordable—just right for a kids room. The fuzzy stools at the end of the bed are stylish and functional and help soften the overall look of the room.

6. A Bedroom for Two!

This cozy bunk beds room is ideal for siblings who share a room. It also works for a little one who loves to host sleepovers! The room is colorful and extra comfy and the pastel jewel palette creates a fresh, youthful look. Pops of pattern in the rug, art and pillows tie all the colors together and make the room look grownup and whimsical all at once!

The oversized blue basket is a perfect storage solution for a kids’ room. It makes it easy to stash toys, clothes and other stray clutter, keeping it out of sight and easy to maintain. Little decorative touches like the star decor, plush horse, and the layered gray rug add magic and personality to the space.

7. It’s Game Time

This is a bold bedroom for the small sports enthusiast in your family. The dark wall color is strong and soothing and creates a cozy vibe for this sleeping space. It’s balanced out by light-colored furniture so it’s not too heavy. Pops of various patterns throughout the room add a playful touch that softens the dark wall color. The twin bed with headboard against the wall leaves room for a desk by the window. It’s a great setup if your kiddo needs space for homework or creative projects.

The trunk at the end of the bed is perfect for stashing sports equipment, extra clothes, blankets, or even games! The basis of this style is simple and sleek foundational furniture—always a great way to go in a kids room. These pieces work with a variety of styles so you won’t have to replace items when they grow out of them. You can also repurpose pieces like the trunk, dresser, nightstand, desk, etc. in other rooms (or for younger family members) in a few years’ time.

8. Serene Sleeping Space for Two

This kids room idea also features a bunk beds setup. It’s a smart solve for a small bedroom like this because the second bed doesn’t take up any floor space. This is great if you’re tight on space or live in a city apartment and have to make a small room work for two twin beds. And if/when your kids don’t need to share a space anymore, you can remove the lower bunk bed and convert the space into a hangout/lounge or a mini study spot with a desk.

To make your kiddos feel like they each have their own space, personalize each “level” with art and decor of their choosing! We think a wallpaper accent wall is a great way to let your kids show off their personalities. You can even try removable wallpaper—it’s easy to hang and remove if/when they outgrow the flowers and butterflies.

Stylist tip: Try dual laundry hampers or baskets in shared spaces! Each kid has their own section to be responsible for so it helps avoid squabbles over cleaning the space.

9. Kids Bedroom Design in Pink Perfection

This kids room design is perfect for the kid who loves pink! Hot pink can be overwhelming in a bedroom (AKA you’ll likely need to repaint in a few years time). But a blush or dusty rose has more staying power. We like to balance out this look with lots of natural textures, like woods, tassels, plush, sheepskin, etc. It helps add a sophisticated touch and keeps the space from feeling too fairy-tale cheesy.

We love the pendant cow portraits—they’re great for the animal lover and are as charming as they are stunning. The mobile, decorative pillows, and white accents serve to balance out the child’s room and create a cohesive look that’s smart and spectacular!

 

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Inside Our Nursery Design For RHOBH’s Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave

Homeowner: Teddi Mellencamp of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Room: Blank canvas nursery and playroom

Her Style: Modern and fun!

teddi mellencamp nurseryThe Backstory

Teddi and her husband Edwin already have two kids, son Cruz, 5, and daughter Slate, 7. And now with baby number three on the way, it was time to create more space in their family home.

Teddi was ready to start fresh with a blank canvas room that would become a nursery design for her new little girl. But she didn’t want to stop there. She wanted to take this opportunity to also build out a playroom that would be a space for all three kids as well as a fun gathering place where the whole family could relax and hang out. It all made perfect sense. There was just one thing: She knew she needed design help to pull it all together.

teddi mellencamp nurseryThe Design Dilemma

“We have been in our current home for a little over two years. I never had a knack for design, and when I had [my husband] Edwin design our other kids’ rooms, he chose everything in white,” says Teddi, pointing out how it wasn’t exactly the most practical or kid-friendly choice. “So this time, I thought it would be best to have a pro come in and do it,” she says.

It made for the perfect solution given that Teddi herself didn’t really have a clear vision for her playroom or nursery design. “I just wanted something fun and modern,” she says.

The Modsy Moment

When Teddi turned to Modsy for design guidance, we were ready to help her realize her nursery and playroom dreams. And even though she wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted, she knew there were essentials that she needed, which provided a great starting point for the designs. “I knew 100 percent, I needed a rocker, because obviously you spend a lot of time breastfeeding or just cuddling with the baby,” as Teddi tells PEOPLE magazine.

In the end, we were able to build on her needs and create spaces that captured her modern, fun, and comfy style. “Modsy was amazing in how they just took my jumbled words like ‘clean, organized, and family-friendly’ and brought to life the kind of space our family wanted with exactly what we envisioned together in the process,” says Teddi.

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Teddi

“Modsy’s designs live up to the hype! They made everything so effortless and it was such a positive experience,” says Teddi of the design process. “There was always great energy throughout the whole process. Seeing the initial completed rooms felt so good—and it really gave us peace of mind,” she adds. “It instantly improved my life because it was one less thing to give me anxiety in the long run.”

The Real Results

Teddi has since finished decorating her nursery and playroom. Now she’s ready to welcome her new little girl into her new nursery design. In the final decor, Teddi also included one adorable and heartfelt accent piece. “Slate and Cruz both had artwork that said “You are loved” and I made sure to have a similar piece in the new nursery,” she says. “There’s also an adorable llama that I hope the baby will be as obsessed with as I am.”

The final spaces also incorporated function in a way that serves both children and adults alike. “In the playroom, having a Murphy bed is great because it can also act as a guest room in a pinch,” says Teddi. “I’m so grateful to our designers for getting us baby-ready. It feels truly real now and our home is finally fully prepared for our family.”

“Modsy has been truly a godsend in helping us prepare not only our nursery but our children’s playroom,” says Teddi. ”Everybody is happy and we are all obsessed. The kiddos don’t want to leave their new space. It really feels like theirs and I love that for them.”

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Layout Guide: Two Sleepover-Ready Kid’s Room Ideas

kid's room layoutsIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re working with a small kid’s room with an awkward nook.

The Space: A 15×12 kid’s room with limited floor space and a quirky layout.

Style: Fun and playful

The Challenge: Maximizing the small space to create a fun kid’s room that can handle sleepovers and makes the best use of an awkward nook.

kid's room layout ideasIdea #1: Full Bed Styled for an Animal Enthusiast

Our first kid’s room layout incorporates a full bed to make use of open floor space. While it might seem like too much space for a younger tot, if your kiddo is right on the cusp, a full bed can be a great investment that your little one can continue to use as they get older.

This design features bright walls and vibrant splashes of color throughout the room to make the space more youthful and playful. Not to mention, this layout idea offers plenty of extra storage by way of the dresser and bookcase so you don’t have to worry about a cluttered room. So whether your kids are sleeping, studying, or just kicking back and reading, this setup has room for it all.

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Why this Kid’s Room Layout Works

The full bed makes great use of open floor space without disrupting the flow of the room. A full bed is a great size for your small sleeper to grow into over the years and plenty of room on the floor for when he or she has sleepovers. This setup also leaves space for a nightstand on one side of the bed and a desk below the window – the perfect study spot for a young scholar!

With a few special touches, the corner nook becomes a fun, cushy space to tuck away for lounging and reading. And the tall bookcase provides more clever storage space for books, toys and other items when they’re not in use.

awkward nook ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Need plenty of room for sleepovers.
  • Want a bed that your child can use over the years.
  • Hate clutter – there’s tons of extra storage.
  • Love having a distinct space for different activities such as reading, studying, sleeping, etc.

kid's room layout ideasIdea #2 – A Twin Bed with Room to Stargaze

Design idea #2 is all about making a warm and cozy room with lots of sleeping options for when friends stay over. The rich colors and layered rugs create a fun and welcoming enclave for a child. Kids will have plenty of space to play, stargaze and let their imaginations roam free in this open layout.

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Why this Kid’s Room Layout Works

This setup is great for maximizing floor space in the room. Having the twin bed tucked into corner leaves lots of room to play and lots of open space for sleeping bags. The trundle bed is a convenient and comfortable spot for sleepovers, too.

Turn the awkward nook into a cozy corner with a hanging chair and a bar cart for mobile storage. The round jute rug is also a great solve for the nook – it helps define and fill space. Plus, the layered rugs adds cozy warmth. The dark wall color doesn’t feel dark and gloomy because it is offset by the bright furniture, keeping the overall feel super warm and cozy.

awkward nook ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a clutter-free, neat and tidy look.
  • Love dark and moody colors that feel super warm and inviting.
  • Want your child to have a cozy place to read, lounge and stargaze.
  • Love the warmth that textures and layers provide.
  • Need plenty of open space for play and sleepovers.

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My Modsy Story: The Easy Way I Designed My Daughter a Room That Will Grow Up With Her

daughter's room designKathryn wanted a way to combine her ideas with an expert’s guidance to design her daughter’s room. Here’s the magic formula she used to make it happen.

Homeowner: Kathryn A, City Government

Location: Seattle, WA

Room: Daughter’s Bedroom

Her Style: Playfully Serene

The Backstory

My family and I moved to a new home in Seattle and we wanted to give our 4-year-old daughter a “big girl” room. We planned to stay in this house for a while, so it was important to us that our daughter had a room that she could grow into over the years.

The Design Dilemma

Coming from our old house, we really just had a hodgepodge of furniture and decor items we’d accumulated over the years. We tried situating the old furniture in our new place, but between figuring out how to best utilize wall space and accommodate sleepovers, we weren’t having any luck. In addition to not having the right pieces, we were just too busy to devote enough time to it. I wanted to outsource the whole project to make sure we did the job right.

daughter's roomThe Modsy Moment

When I realized we really needed help, I contacted a local designer but was taken aback by the high price and frustrated by the length of time it took to schedule a visit. I wanted something simpler that would allow me to provide a rough budget, offer some high-level direction, and then let the experts take care of the rest.

“I wanted [a solution] that would allow me to provide a rough budget, offer some high-level direction, and then let the experts take care of the rest.”

So when I saw an ad on Facebook for Modsy, I was intrigued right away! It sounded like a low-cost way to get the customized design support we needed. We decided to give Modsy a try with our living room first. To our delight, we loved the layout and items our designer selected and we decided to use them again for our daughter’s room.

daughter's roomHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Kathryn

When I got the designs back, I was in love. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure that someone would be able to take my suggestions and create a room that met our needs and aligned with our design aesthetics. But I was so pleasantly surprised!

I love the patterned rug and fun wall hangings our designer chose for the space – we never would have thought of those ourselves. We were also initially convinced that bunk beds or twin trundle beds would be best in her room. It wasn’t until we saw our designs that we realized a queen-sized bed was actually the best choice.

It was really helpful to be able to communicate with our designer, request changes, and make the design a collaborative effort of our personal tastes and a professional designer’s guidance.

daughter's room designThe Real Results

The room is just adorable and my daughter is so happy with it. Prior to Modsy, we’d been having such a hard time with the layout, but our designer knew just what to do. She was so thoughtful in responding to our requests for revisions, and she really did a great job!

Our daughter’s space is now bright, playful yet serene, and is perfect for a 4-year-old. The best part is we were able to purchase pieces that we can either easily update or will be able to keep in the space and let them grow with her over time.

We’ve now used Modsy for three rooms in our house and each one was a success. They each pretty much exactly mirror our original 3D designs! We bought basically everything and it was so easy to purchase all of the furniture through Modsy. Overall, we saved tons of time and money and are so happy with the outcome. Thanks, Modsy!

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8 Cool Kids Bedroom Ideas From Modsy Customer Spaces

Designing a bedroom for your little one is not an easy task. There’s a long checklist of things to consider: Is there enough storage? What’s the right size bed? Do I invest in quality now or wait to replace everything once they get older?

So it’s no surprise that many homeowners come to Modsy for help with designing their kids rooms. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our coolest kids bedroom ideas, which were designed by our Modsy stylists to help out a few homeowners with their real-life kids room challenges. Read on for more and get inspired!

For a Room That Will Grow Up With Them

“Dear Modsy: We just moved into our first home and have an empty room that we want to turn into our son’s first bedroom. Right now it’s empty and we have no idea where to start.”

—Son’s bedroom from scratch

What the space needs: A bed that can last and smart storage solutions. All while feeling kid-friendly and colorful.

Design Solution #1: Furnishing For Function First

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kids bedroom ideasModsy Room to Grow Up With Design #1

Looking for furniture that can last? Rather than replacing pieces every few years as your child grows up, a few basics will do the job now and later. One of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to invest in quality pieces with a simple shape yet sturdy construction.

Items like the bed, dresser, and storage bench are all kid-friendly options that can work in a teen’s room as well. Dress them up with easy-to-change accent pieces. Fun and colorful decor pieces are an easy, budget-friendly way to make the space feel more personal and kid-friendly.

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Design Solution #2: Going With a Good Bed

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kids bedroom ideasModsy Room to Grow Up With Design #2

Another design where quality foundation pieces mingle with colorful accents. If you can only invest in one or two quality pieces, we say make the bed count. It’s the one piece most families end up replacing as the kids grow up. Storage pieces and rugs are also great places to invest for the long-run.

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For a Girl’s Bedroom

“Hello Modsy: This is a bedroom redesign for my 8-year-old daughter. We would like this design to take her into her preteen years, so nothing too immature.”

—Getaway for my girl

What the space needs: A modern and clean base with pops of blues, greens, and purples. Plenty of storage to maximize the small space and a desk/reading nook set up.

Design Solution #1: Making It Her Hangout Spotkids bedroom ideas

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Modsy Girl’s Bedroom Design #1

In this design, we opted for a twin bed to maximize the open floor space around the room. This let us fit in a two-in-one desk/bookshelf, a big dresser, and a cool reading chair in a corner. We added her favorite colors in small art and accents for some pops of color. This ultimately gives her a space that feels like her own private hideaway.

 

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Design Solution #2: Making It Her Live/Work Space

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kids bedroom ideasModsy Girl’s Bedroom Design #2

The focus here was on a bigger, comfier bed and no reading corner for a more grown-up look and feel. This setup turns the room into a kind of mini studio, where an office area is clearly defined from the storage area and the bed. The upside of this is that even with a large bed, this layout has more floor space and functional storage.

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For a Boy’s Bedroom

“Hi Modsy: Our son just turned 3 and we want to make the transition from a nursery to a big boy room.”

—Ready to graduate my son’s bedroom

What the space needs: Plenty of storage and a teepee play area. The wall decals are keepers as well.

Design Solution #1: A Cool Bedroom For Any Age

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Modsy Boy’s Bedroom Design #1

From the distinctive bed frame to the campaign-style dresser to the farmhouse sconce, this room is all about cool design that’s built to last. The classic blue, white, and gray color scheme makes for a palette that’s easy on the eyes and easy to grow into for any kid.

Also, there’s plenty of storage in this layout, including floating shelves on the walls. And there’s even room for a teepee—take a peek below!

 

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Design Solution #2: A Very Versatile Bedroom

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Modsy Boy’s Bedroom Design #2

This design sports a clean-lined, mid-century look that lends the bedroom an feeling of openness. There’s plenty of storage, but the white tones add to the light and airy vibe of the room. The simple palette of black, white, and red also makes it easy to mix in new art, accents, and even furniture eventually.

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For a Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom

“Hi there: We are a couple with two kids and we’re looking to redesign our four-year-old’s room.”

—Couple on a mini-makeover mission

What the space needs: A queen-sized bed and space for reading and playing.

Design Solution #1: Dedicating Space for Play

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Modsy Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom Design #1

This bedroom is all about making space to play. One of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to carve out a corner that’s entirely devoted to playtime activities. Here we have a mini desk and tent set up for reading, crafting, and playing. Besides the queen-sized bed, the rest of the room is filled with substantial storage pieces that make this space super functional but still bright and fun.

 

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Design Solution #2: Working In Space for Play

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Modsy Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom Design #2

This layout focuses more on the space being a practical kids bedroom. The larger bed is a great option that your youngster can grow into. Another one of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to sprinkle baskets and hampers all around to keep toy clutter at bay. While there’s not a dedicated kids table, we brought in a beanbag chair to create a cozy reading corner and an easel for some crafting fun (see the full room below!)

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