6 tips to create a stylish and functional kids bedroom

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There’s so much fun to be had creating a themed bedroom for your child!

But no parent wants to spend a fortune decorating a space that’s full of dinosaurs only to discover that the next minute they are obsessed with something else, or to go too overboard styling the bedroom that they cannot sleep in the space.

Today I’m sharing my top 6 tips on how to find that sweet spot of creating a stylish and functional kids bedroom that can grow with them.

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1. Think of function first

Will the bedroom just be a space for sleeping or do you also want to incorporate a study nook or reading corner?

By thinking about how your child will use the space, you can map out what zones to create and subsequently the key items of furniture you will need.

Wherever possible, I suggest looking for multifunctional pieces of furniture that can adapt as your child grows. For example, a change table that can convert into a bookshelf.

2. Decide on a style

Before going shopping and getting overwhelmed by the fabulous range of kids’ homewares, it’s a good idea to think about the style you want to create.

You may be inspired by a colour palette, such as blue and mustard tones as pictured, or by a particular theme, such as superheroes or princesses. Alternatively, you may like to stick to a particular interior style, such as bohemian or coastal.

Having a clear direction of the colours, theme or style you want to achieve, will help you create a space that has design fluency rather than an assortment of styles that may not fit well together. And you only have to use 3-5 key pieces, such as a statement cushion, wall print and décor item, to set the theme.

Styling kids bed
Using neutral furniture and adding colour with bedding is one way to create a stylish and functional kids bedroom
Kids bed styling

3. Show restraint

It’s easy to get over-excited when styling a kids room but it’s important to remember that above all, this is a space for sleeping.

Many children can become overstimulated by bright and bold colours, or large displays of toys.

As a parent, you know your child better than anyone so keep in mind their needs when shopping for décor and think twice before buying canopies or other items that suspend from the ceiling, or before adding a bold feature wall.

4. Style up

Another tip when styling your child’s bedroom is to ‘style up’ and by that I mean, considering how they can grow into the space.

I suggest selecting neutral pieces of furniture that you can easily change the look of with new bedding or accessories. In this bedroom, I’ve used a classic navy upholstered bed from Focus On Furniture that can be styled in endless ways with a new quilt cover or feature cushion.

When creating a feature wall, it’s a good idea to choose a removable option (such as removable decal stickers from Adairs) or to select a paint colour or wallpaper that is more sophisticated and isn’t age specific.

Alternatively, you can add interest to walls with affordable artwork such as those pictured in this bedroom from TK Maxx and Adairs. Over time as interests change, it’s easy to replace the artwork in the frames for minimal cost.

COC artwork
Dinosaur artwork stylish and functional kids bedroom

5. Don’t be shy to DIY

To keep styling costs down and to personalise the space, I love doing a few DIYs or upcycling pieces.

You don’t need to be overly creative or a skilled crafter to find ways to do this, and a few ideas include:

  • painting a wall shelf or smaller objects to tie in with the colour palette
  • making a few pom poms in various colours to attach to storage baskets (another great way of introducing your colour palette)
  • sewing a basic cushion for the bed, chair or reading nook
  • making your own wall print that you can pop into a frame.

The ideas are endless and in Alexander’s room that I recently transitioned from a nursery into a big boy room, I made the bunting garland above his bed, the sage cushion, and the heart wall light. The dresser is also an old piece of furniture that I upcycled.

Alexander Australian inspired bedroom

6. Be practical

You also want to make life as a parent as easy as possible so look for ways you can keep things practical in the bedroom.

I love large storage baskets, such as these ones from Adairs, which make cleaning up toys a breeze and encourage your child to help with tidying too.

Most of the items pictured in this article, including the bed, bedding, artwork and décor pieces are from Canberra Outlet.

Are you considering styling your child’s room soon? Do you have other tips on how to create a stylish and functional kids bedroom? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Photography by Thorson Photography

This article was first published in December 2018 and has been updated with more tips and images

Gina Beschorner
Gina is an Interior Designer and the Editor of Style Curator, an award-winning interiors blog all about helping you create a more stylish home. She is passionate about sharing her love of design, architecture, decorating and homewares. Having recently finished the build of her dream home, she's now tackling the never ending job of styling it. When she's not blogging or working with interior styling clients, you'll find her running after her 2 children or getting her hands messy in a creative project. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for weekly highlights!


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