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Bedroom Decorating Ideas: Young Children

Beautiful kids’ bedrooms that are both playful and comfortable

Written by Lucy Fitzgerald and Debra Steilen
  • Comfort is key in this beautiful baby’s room. A white crib is nestled in a cozy alcove with fluffy white bed linens. A collection of crosses above the crib spark creativity. Shelves on either side of the alcove boast space for all of baby’s belongings, and the heavy cream curtains over Roman shades promise to keep out unwanted light at naptime.

  • This room is a dream for an aspiring artist. A kaleidoscopic quilted bed set starts off a flurry of creative designs, colors, and patterns throughout. Lavender walls and a bright yellow reading lamp simulate a sunny day. Crazy pops of color on a whimsical bedside art table guarantee artistic output.

  • A Lake Michigan cottage home is inspired by the parents’ lingering memories of childhood summer camp. The room is oriented around two Sequoia-scale bunk beds, fitted with drawers below for storage. The rug from Watson Smith plays up the stripes on the wicker chairs and the Classic Cloth shade fabric. The drum table is from Richard Mulligan.

  • This picture-perfect, ethereal pink bedroom would make even the most consummate princess green with envy. The pale pink and cream beadboard of the alcove enclose the bed in classic lines and feminine colors. Folding sconces promise optimal reading light, and the blue-and-pink patterned quilt adds sweetness.

  • Vibrant turquoise makes this nursery stand out above the rest. Black-and-white zebra stripes tame the wild hue without taking away from its energy. White upholstery lends clean and comfortable lines in the crib and the daybed’s canopy. The fluffy daybed is perfect for nursing and napping, while allowing this room to be effortlessly adapted for an older child’s room in the future.

  • Just a two-minute walk from the beach, this boy’s bedroom boasts a “surfer dude” attitude by the surfboard hanging above the bed. The colors of sand and sea abound, from the beige woven rattan wall covering to the ocean-blue area rug below. Starfish pillows add seaworthy style. A distressed-look walnut floor helps hide the sand tracked in during the summer. The built-in bed includes drawers for stowing clothes and toys.

  • This babies’ room features side-by-side cribs for easy cooing and coddling. Playful prints on the walls and plenty of friendly animals ensure the first memories are happy ones. Gauzy curtains diffuse harsh light while keeping this room bright and welcoming.

  • Little girls everywhere would drool over this heavenly bedroom. Pinks and peaches dominate the color palette, with complementary gilded accessories. A black painted bed frame boasts bunnies standing guard, and a zebra rug is made from llama wool hand-loomed in Peru. An adjoining bathroom creates a suite for the teenage years.

  • This Newport Beach, California, bedroom has an understated maritime theme. Boat patterned comforters are met with preppy striped linens on twin beds. The comforters’ fabric extends to the window treatments over the French doors. Woven straw wall covering encloses the vestibule on the far wall, while classic white panels work their way over the ceiling to a vintage-looking pirate ship chandelier.

  • Ralph Lauren Paint introduces warm color on the walls of this children’s room on the Atlantic coast. Also featured is a lively animal print wall covering. Scandia Down comforters warm up the Peacock Alley bedding. The geometric-pattern, tone-on-tone area rug adds to the whimsical array of patterns.

  • Sophisticated yet sweetly feminine, this girl’s bedroom is highlighted by a canopy bed dressed in billowing yards of floral fabric. Pink velvet pillows, a white matelassé coverlet, and a lush dust ruffle give the bed a princess quality that suits the pale pink walls and white tray ceiling. A vintage baby buggy and desk add an heirloom quality to this timeless setting.

  • Restful nights are guaranteed in this soothing lavender baby’s room. A sheer canopy drapes over a beautiful, plush crib. Inviting pale yellow chaise longue chairs rest side-by-side for mother and child. Charming bunnies play around the room and along the crown molding. A cozy fireplace warms the room while a large mirror on the mantel reflects diffused light from the gauzy windows.

  • Neutral colors offer the perfect backdrop for a little boy who likes to play with blocks and cars. Luckily the beige walls and window coverings will grow with him, looking just as appropriate with the hobbies of the ‘tween years. An elegant day bed with canopy gives the room a grown-up gravitas that is belied – for now -- by the overflowing toy box and teddy bear on the gold-toile armchair. As with the rest of the house, the floor is made from bleached wood for a fresh look.

  • Tone-on-tone striped walls and a maple bed stay quietly in the background while red accents (such as the drapery hardware) add energy and life to this bedroom built for a boy. Red-plaid fabric turns an upholstered storage ottoman and decorative pillow into points of interest.

  • This bright bedroom is perfect for a Dr. Seuss-loving child of imagination. Various hues of pinks and oranges take center stage on a plush area rug. Festive puffs hang from the ceiling. The sheer canopy over the bed adds a touch of girlish charm. A chalkboard helps creativity flow, while the floor rug provides plenty of space for tumbling and playing.

  • See more great ideas for bedrooms, some of which can double as family rooms, in Gorgeous Guest Bedrooms.