Personalization in kid room decor is another inexpensive way to make a room feel special. As designers the messages we are communicating to our younger clients have to be a little more literal. Where form meeting function is paramount for adult’s spaces, perhaps educational and functional decor take precedence with young children as it did here in the boys’ room. Once the room has a great foundation, it’s easily and inexpensively transformed as children’s interests evolve.
We’ve made it upstairs to the family’s private spaces and here’s a snapshot of Whitney and Micah’s daughter’s room. The design has not strayed far from the principles already established. This room boasts yet another lovely shade of green and promotes imagination and creativity. There’s a collage of the girl’s own art above her bed and a special piece above the bookcase created by Whitney reflecting her younger self with her own mother. The quilt was hand sewn by Whitney and her mom and the cute crochet animals were handmade by Whitney’s sister. How’s that for three generations of artists? The design is simple, the colors are bright and the mood is happy.
Everything in the young girl’s room has meaning. Here is a closer look at the quilt gifted to her from her mom and grandmother. Whitney and Micah bought this vintage bed, restored it, and lacquered it red especially for their daughter. It works perfectly with her well-organized red bookcase. Micah had the colorful rug woven specifically for her room when she was born. Lastly, the well-preserved hardwood floors are original to the house.
The Stansells are clearly a family of artists and at least two future world travelers. Maps are an easy and inexpensive tool for decoration in a child’s room. It’s amazing how the boys share the same wall color as their sister but the mood of the rooms is completely different solely based on decor. The boys were also lucky enough to have a rug woven for their room, which by the way successfully marries all the colors together harmoniously.
This space hosts the two Stansell boys, who share this bedroom that could also be described as their own little well-curated museum of interests. Their personalities and evidence of their adventures are proudly displayed around their room. If you look closely you’ll spy that at least one of the boys is a budding chef. They also have a small family of hamsters between them, and they love yellow tractors. The boys’ room is a really good example of how I approach kids' spaces: always go monochromatic with walls and bedding. Between their toys, books, art, rugs, etc. there will be plenty of opportunity for stimulation/adding interest without becoming too busy. My fave in the room? The drapes are perfectly appointed: they look fun and put an exclamation point on the entire space.
On HGTV's Fixer Upper. the custom Lego walls in this boy's bedroom is a Lego lover's dream. The large wall features a library style rolling ladder for easy access to the top of the wall, as well as, clever storage baskets for extra bricks at the bottom of the wall.
To mix patterns with stylish success, keep a room's details within a similar color palette. In this girls' bedroom, the beds, wallpaper, pillows and linen use the scheme of blues, pink, green and brown.
For older children and even adults, a loft bed is a great way to leave floor space open. It takes advantage of otherwise unused space and makes it possible to add a desk or a seating area in a small room that would have been otherwise overwhelmed by a large bed.
Consider using a portable caddie to gather and store balls, building blocks or action figures, so you can bring the items right to a playroom table or your backyard. As your kids grow out of their toys, the caddie can be used for holding utensils, garden tools or for a gift basket.
A pair of twin beds with striped bedding anchor this kid's room. A large window is dressed with a black-and-white patterned roman shade, which stands out against the bold red wall. A lamp with a cow-print lampshade brings a western vibe to the room.