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Bedroom Decorating Ideas: Older Children

Great ideas for helping older children find their own style

Written by Debra Steilen and Lucy Fitzgerald
  • Perfect for a future pop princess, this stylish bedroom exudes imagination. A sheer purple canopy is draped down from a crown of shimmering beads. Colorful paper lanterns add dimension in the corner. The daybed provides a comfy sitting space with plenty of storage below.

  • Tucked under the third-floor eaves of this New York home, lovely lavender-toned grasscloth, Italian glass lanterns, and India-inspired fabrics create a feminine space with a dream-like quality.

  • This bedroom is perfect for sisters who still want a little privacy. Colorful artwork hangs on a wall with storage shelves for books and knickknacks. A headboard also doubles as a bookcase. The shag area rug matches the bedspread as well as the bright reading chair.

  • Young men can feel at home in this room where neutral colors in horizontal stripes complement the window treatments on either side of plantation shutters. The creamy shag carpeting balances an inky leather mobile ottoman, which houses a storage unit underneath.

  • Wild rainforests inspire this bedroom, with lime green walls and bursts of bright colors. Large leaves shade a comfy bed with wicker head- and footboards. A hot pink tufted ottoman sits on an electric blue area rug. A rosy desk and rolling chair provide even more spunky color, matching the bed’s floral shams.

  • Straight out of a storybook, this beautiful bedroom features all things romantic and feminine. A lovely sheer cream canopy flows over a stately wooden headboard to a lacey coverlet and floral bolster pillow. Soft lavender and cream striped wallpaper extends over the ceiling.

  • Bright colors reign in this stylish bedroom, a masterful mix of Raj princess and hippie chic. “Indira” fabric from Raoul Textiles covers the walls and ceiling while a tufted ottoman sits at the foot of a romantic canopy bed. On the lively bedspread, intricate stitching and tiny mirrors embroidered on the pillows carry an East-meets-West theme. “Spinnaker” sheers at the windows and around the bed are from Osborne and Little. Busty bombe commodes are from Niermann Weeks.

  • A sunny sitting area below a fashion collage adds to the pretty bedroom. A hanging light fixture above the ottoman reflects the water lily essence of the candleholders below.

  • Flowery fabrics and watermelon hues play the starring role in this Chicago bedroom. A vibrant toile of acid-green and red livens up the upholstered footboards, bed linens, and lofty window curtains. A collection of whimsical hot air balloon prints hangs on the far wall. Twin beds allow the bedroom to double as a guest room.

  • A rich Osborne and Little damask pattern covers roman shades and shapely custom foot- and headboards. “Misty Lilac” paint from Benjamin Moore floats behind beautiful white decorative panels on the walls, matching the desk’s drawers.

  • This room is ideal for a classical music lover. String instruments appear on the pillow shams as well as in the art above the bed. Blacks and browns contrast nicely with the lighter shades of citrus on the bed and the dusky blue of the walls.

  • Bright color takes center stage with electric oranges, hot pinks, and vibrant greens. Sparkly shams and a fuzzy orange bolster pillow rest on top of a green and fuchsia floral bedspread over a tutu-esque bed skirt. Hanging above it all is a regal chandelier with sparkling pink and green shades.

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  • A zany green zebra-striped armchair sits in the corner below shapely lime shelving. A distinguished reading lamp has a crafty look. Equally playful are the window treatments, covering classic plantation shutters.

  • Side-by-side daybeds with dual reading lights provide plenty of lounge space. Shallow wooden shelves line the walls above, with additional storage in pullout drawers below. A toned-down color palette makes this room versatile enough to be used as a spare room when the kids depart for college.

  • Side-by-side daybeds with dual reading lights provide plenty of lounge space. Shallow wooden shelves line the walls above, with additional storage in pullout drawers below. A toned-down color palette makes this room versatile enough to be used as a spare room when the kids depart for college.

  • Wide-stripe walls featuring Ralph Lauren paint create an appropriately happy backdrop for the green and purple ottomans and fuchsia chair from American Leather. Circa Lighting’s “U Fill It” lamp fosters creativity. The Greek Key area rug is from Megerian.

  • This boyish bedroom is the perfect place for an aspiring adventurer. An Indonesian bamboo ladder leads to a top bunk alcove, papered by a bumblebee-motif Farrow and Ball wall covering. An oversized cone light hangs above a worktable, surrounded by wicker stools for extra seating.

  • This gorgeous room is ideal for a princess-in-training. A pillowy bed sits high within a four-poster canopy, a demure stepping stool below to aid in the lofty climb. A sitting area features twin tufted armless chairs upholstered in yellow gingham, matching the sunny window treatments. Natural hardwood floors are covered in a couple of shaggy area rugs.

  • A little bit of lavender goes a long way in this fanciful bedroom. A creamy canopy with zebra striped interior drapes over a comfy daybed. Green and purple throw pillows make a cozy nest over ivory bed linens, matching a striped ottoman and upholstered desk chair.

  • Vibrant colors and large-scale patterns give this girls’ bedroom a spirit of unfettered joy. The pink-and-green peony wallpaper partners beautifully with an apple-green-and-white check for window treatments and dust ruffles. A mirrored chest placed between the two beds offers plenty of surface area to share. Plus, its reflective finish doesn’t fight with the room’s bold colors.

  • Sisters can share a happy space in this New York City apartment bedroom. A shared bookcase separates two beds, each with a curvaceous turquoise headboard. Blue baubles line the shelves above. The silver damask motif over raspberry walls suggests a sophisticated toile, its oversized pattern balanced with demure floral window panels.

  • Mint green walls provide a soft backdrop for the dual twin beds and monogrammed nightstand. Pink and brown mix harmoniously on the beds as well as the desk chair. A niche beyond a decorative arch is a cozy spot for homework.

  • We have plenty more bedroom decorating ideas for you. Take a look at our presentation on Bedrooms for Young Children.

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