Kids Room Decorating Ideas: The Basics

Kids Room Decorating Ideas: The Basics
Jun 10

Kids Room Decorating Ideas: The Basics

Decorating a kid’s room can be a fun and creative experience while at the same time presenting several challenges. A child’s room is a place for sleeping, playing, and letting their imagination run wild. The goal is to channel that creative energy by creating a room that’s practical, safe, organized, and with an enjoyable theme.

With that in mind, there are some basic ideas and decor concepts we need to go over: choosing the right type of furniture, keeping things organized, and creating a flexible theme.

Basic Furniture Tips:


Kids room decorating ideas

Though every kid’s room needs a bed, desk, and storage items, the most important aspects of choosing the right furniture are selecting basic colors that can adapt to a changing room theme while at the same time selecting durable, well made pieces from the right materials. Popular materials are aluminum, plastic, MDF, and hardwood. In terms of safety, it’s important to do your research because materials such as MDF can cause irritability due to formaldehyde. There are definitely stores that do offer chemical free and eco-friendly kid’s furniture if you’re interested in moving towards organic decor.

In any case, make sure that the furniture you select has rounded edges, is easy to clean, can survive all sorts of “wear and tear,” and sits well on the ground. Lighter pieces of furniture have a danger of tipping over, so it’s crucial to secure them well. If you’re going to purchase kids bunk beds, make sure that the material is durable and that it is built well enough to keep your younger ones safe. Check that the bed meets industry standards and that the guard rails are at least 5 inches above the mattress. Bunk beds can be an excellent way to create more breathing room and are a long-time favorite with children when space is limited. Versatile kid’s furniture can also be a great idea depending on your style. This type of furniture can transform as your child grows, such as cribs that turn into beds or multipurpose desks and dressers. There is no substitute for good furniture that can be passed on through the family line!

Organization Ideas:


Kids storage organizer

Keeping toys and accessories organized is of vital importance to any kids room. Although it’s easier said then done, there are many creative ideas to help keep things organized and tidy.  The best way to do this is to look at things from a child’s view point.  Kids have a hard time reaching high places, so only keep things out of reach that they aren’t using on a regular basis.  Hooks are great for holding coats, jewelry, bags, umbrellas and more and are kid friendly if they aren’t too high!

You can also try clear storage containers (kids use what they can see!).  Kid friendly closets have low hanging rods and minimal clutter.  Beds with compartments underneath such as captain’s beds are great storage solutions.


Kids bed with under storage

Flexible Theme:

Sports theme idea

Sports theme idea

Having a theme your kid will love is another important aspect of kid’s room decor.  There are many great theme ideas out there like fairy tales, sports, the jungle, ballet etc.  The most important thing is that your child’s room can be modified with his or her ever-changing hobbies and interests.  It’s therefore a good idea to keep walls and furniture neutral colors. To add color and style to the room, try using less permanent accessories such as: area rugs, bean bags, posters and wall stickers.  These fun decorating objects can be found in many colors and themes. And who knows…you may enjoy decorating the room as much as your kid will!


Butterfly theme

I have eclectic interests - I enjoy reading a good book or getting up at the crack of dawn for a vigorous hike. Good friends, God, and country give my life meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. I also like good wine and cheese.. :-) In my free time I design Web sites so my creative energy is something I use on a daily basis. I also love playing guitar, experimenting with interior decorating, and I am madly passionate about my congas.. Throw in a trip or two every now and then, and that's basically me.

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  1. Sharon

    April 25, 2010

    It can be very hard to decide on how your child’s bedroom will be designed, besides great tips.

  2. Richa

    November 14, 2009

    There are so many variations to storage and organizing in a kids room these days, that it is easy to find something that matches your taste and theme of the room.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lolo

    November 8, 2009

    BE CAREFUL!! Kids age 10 or so tend to grow out of their rooms quickly. When picking paint, remind them, this room will be yours for a while. I suggest a light color, easy to cover and accents, accessories, and furniture are very easy to choose!;)

  4. Nancy

    June 11, 2009

    Kids room is very important to be designed in the right manner
    since a kid can love his room only if he likes it
    so right from furniture’s to small things have to be correct