Decoration, Furniture, Wall Art

Kids room ideas: 10 fresh ideas for a modern yet whimsical kids bedroom

Looking for some super chic, modern and timeless kids room ideas?

When it comes to decorating children’s bedrooms, the possibilities are endless. This is a space where you can have a little fun, whether that’s in the form of bold patterned rugs, wild wallpapers, eye-catching murals, painted ceilings and 3D wall art – such as papier-mâché animal busts. Or try a gallery or chalkboard wall for their own creations, floor-to-ceiling open shelving to display their favourite things, even a hidden den under the bed or behind wardrobe doors. Because when it comes to kids’ rooms, you can throw out the rule book.

But be warned, children tend to change their minds easily (and don’t get us started on teenagers), so in general it’s best to stick to fairly neutral furniture and then inject the fun via the walls, rugs, bedding and accessories. These accents can be layered and edited over time to grow with the child.

Or you could keep things simple by just revamping the furniture. Paint them your kids’ favourite shades, change handles, get creative with tones of the same colour on different pieces and when they get tired of it, you can simply paint again.

Short on floor space? Mezzanine levels could be your solution.The latest trend is to go for high-sleepers, multifunctional furniture or custom-built designs, which all lift the sleeping area off the floor and by doing so allow more room for the essentials – whether that’s play space, a study area or simply some storage. Loft beds with a desk and den area underneath are a fab way to utilise floor space. For younger kids, it’s a space-saving solution that has longevity. For older kids, it’s the cooler take on a bunk.

Here are 10 whimsical, wacky, and all round wonderful kids room ideas to inspire you…

1. ADD NOSTALGIC CHARACTER AND CHARM WITH ONE-OFF, VINTAGE FINDS

Not all kids room ideas need to be modern – there’s something to be said for incorporating furniture, accessories or wall pattern that has a more nostalgic feel to it.

We love the elephant patterned wallpaper and vintage-style furniture in this bedroom design below by Katharine Pooley. It would work well for a nursery bedroom, a toddler, or even in a baby’s room as the bed could be used as a daybed until they’re old enough to sleep out of the cot. Under-bed trundle storage keeps toys and clutter out of sight.

This little girl’s bedroom below is a homage to vintage influences. 

The great thing about vintage is that, down to its very nature, it never goes out of fashion. By introducing the softer lines, ornate detailing and warmer tones of retro pieces, you can tone down the angular modernity of a contemporary scheme and create an eclectic space that caters to a more timeless style. Prevent a vintage-themed room from looking like it’s in a time warp by pairing with more contemporary, clean-lined pieces, or introducing bold color, or teaming it with boldly modern furniture. When pulling together a modern vintage look, use retro wallpaper and fabric prints, furniture that can be painted and classic shapes, such as old-school desks or iron-framed beds. 

2. INTRODUCE CURTAINS IN AN ALCOVE SPACE TO ZONE AN AREA FOR CONCENTRATING

A kids desk area uses up an awkward alcove space. A framed artwork and wall light make this space feel very elegant and grown-up for a homework nook.

3. UP-CYCLE A BOAT FOR A NAUTICAL SCHEME

We love this boat-turned-bed, positioned and fixed with ropes from the ceiling. 

4. PLAY WITH OVERSIZED ACCESSORIES

This one’s just a bit of fun: we’re all familiar with Miffy’s uncomplicated design, but we recently spotted an oversized Miffy lamp in one of Gachot’s projects and immediately fell in love.

The design of the Miffy floor lamp is super playful, while still fitting in with a Scandi-inspired scheme in this boy’s bedroom.

5. TRANSFORM CUPBOARD DOORS INTO AN ART DISPLAY

Interior designer Naomi Clarke made these bright yellow cupboards with built-in picture frames to hide away kids’ clutter, meaning you can put the children artworks into the frames from inside the cupboards for an ever evolving look. 

6. PAINT (OR COMMISSION) A MURAL

This toddler’s bedroom below features a striking hand-painted mural by her mother, the famous interior designer Beata Heuman. 

Fancy having a crack yourself but worried about making mistakes? Consider chalkboard paint as a backdrop, using chalk pens to create a mural over time. Don’t like something? Just erase and draw over it.

Or why not let the kids have a go? Just smother the walls in a black chalkboard paint and give them some erasable chalk pen markers. 

Budget no issue? Commission an artist instead.

A surf-mad teenage boy’s bedroom  was hand-painted below, designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

This teenage boy’s bedroom below features another bold mural.

7. CREATE A MINI MEZZANINE

You don’t need a huge amount of ceiling height to create a mini mezzanine that can be used as either a sleeping area or play space, and it doubles your floor space.

The kids room pictured below sits above the living room, on a mezzanine level that overlooks the dining space below through a glass wall. A raised mezzanine area with a built-in bed plays on the multi-level theme. 

8. OR GO ALL OUT WITH A MEZZANINE FEATURE

The kids room below features a striking mezzanine level, built as a play space. The play house is in the shape of a boat, complete with a wooden ladder, portholes for peeking out of, and decorative rope lighting (sourced from Etsy), hanging from the ceiling. 

9. USE ALCOVES FOR EXTRA STORAGE

The below small boy’s bedroom makes the most of an awkward corner with some custom shelving for books and toys.

Similarly, clever bespoke bookshelves by Blakes London make the most of an awkward sloped ceiling in the kids room below.

10. SWAP AN ARMCHAIR FOR A SWING SEAT

Swap out an old armchair in favour for something a little more playful.

Gloss white walls bounce light around, making this attic kids room feel clean, bright and inviting. The swing seat makes this room a favourite spot to hang out and play in.

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