Tips on designing kids rooms

Updated: Mar 18


Our most recent model home was built for a family with 3 boys. Designing these kids rooms was so fun, and we love how each of the rooms gave a nod to each of their personalities. Here are some guidelines to follow when creating kid spaces:










Building a color palette


Letting children pick out their own color, helps them feel more connected to the space. You can work with any color, all you need to do is just mix in neutrals and textures to make it feel more upscale. Use the color through an accent wall, pillows, throws and fun little treasures that the child can help pick out.




Don’t go too “themey”…just a nod to the child’s interests

In order for a bedroom to really grow with a child, it’s important to not go with a specific theme. Kids grow up and interests change. This is where shelves are always a must in kids rooms to display fun treasures and then you can add or take away very easily.



Go neutral

To help carry the room from childhood to teen, you need a good base of quality furniture. Go for the high quality bed and dresser in neutral tones. Add the whimsy and color through artwork, pillows and fun treasures for the shelves. Painting a wall is easy and inexpensive…you can always repaint once you are done with a bold color wall.


Fun treasures for the shelves

This is a fun way to add the personality of the child. Let them help pick out items at antique stores, target, garage sales and local boutiques in the color scheme. It is a fun way to add character. If you really like something and it isn’t the right color, just spray paint it!


Add a WOW factor

Add a fun wall trim detail, wall paper, unique lighting fixture or a cool art piece. These are just a some of many ideas. Something fun and unexpected adds to kid spaces. Don’t go overboard on the WOW factor, it becomes sensory overload. 1 or 2 things is just enough.


Blue Room

  • Navy, white & black

  • Board and batten detail on the walls (color: Sea Serpent by Sherwin Williams)

  • Local MN landmark artwork on walls. We hung them halfway over the trim detail to give it a more custom feel

  • Black ladder shelving and desk

  • Books and vases from local Stillwater antique shops

  • Bedding from Crate and Barrel and fun throw pillows

  • Navy pottery lamps to layer the blues in more textures

  • Old black and white photos of family, keeps it neutral and adds in a personal touch

Green Room

  • Forest green, warm browns & gray

  • Mountain wall detail (Pine Mountain in Behr…Sherwin Williams color matched)

  • Pine wood bed

  • Dark metal side tables and school house task lamps

  • Pine tree as accent plant (very unexpected) oversized wooden box planter with grass on oversized window sill

  • Oversized wood lantern and wicker basket with cut wood (to give it a mountain lodge feel)

  • Pottery Barn leather chair, with wire basket mounted to wall for a fun reading nook

  • Fun artwork and black and white photo of the boys


Red Room


  • Red, navy and wood tones

  • Tufted blue trundle bed, styled with lots of fun pillows

  • Wood shelf book wall

  • Black and white photo gallery wall

  • Wooden play bench table

  • Wooden toys as decor

  • We are thinking of adding in a fun wallpaper behind the wood shelves


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