How to make your child’s bedroom design last

Designing your child’s bedroom can be a challenge. From bunk beds to bright pink walls and storage, there is a lot to consider when trying to create a space which will keep the little ones happy for years to come.

But you don’t have to choose between practicality and personality. With just a few helpful hints you can really get the creative juices flowing without having to worry about your children outgrowing their bedrooms.

  • Use a soft colour palette

soft pallete


Repainting a bedroom can take a lot of time and hassle, not to mention the costs of forking out on different tins of paint every few months. Your kids will probably be wanting bright pink, blue or yellow walls, which will only seem appealing to them for a short time.


To avoid the fuss choose a subtle off white shade as a base or alternatively, buy the colour they are wanting in pastille. Decorate the rest of the room in vibrant colours with bed covers, decorations, furnishings and drapery.


  • Fit wooden floors or dark carpets

woodenChildren tend to make a lot of mess, and if you opt for fresh white or cream carpets, they can end up getting tired and damaged pretty fast. Instead, have hardwood floors fitted which can handle spills, and put inexpensive rugs down.

If you don’t want to spend a lot refurbishing the floors, just lay dark coloured carpets in navy or soft reds, which won’t give away the tell-tale signs of their messy accidents.

  • Buy sturdy furniture that will last

sturdyDon’t be tempted to get the cheap furniture for the short term. Instead, invest in the sturdiest pieces that will hold up to kids climbing and clambering all over them. That way you won’t be faced with the need to replace their entire bedroom set in a couple of years.

Beds can pose a difficult choice. Bunk beds can be a great option for children sharing a room or for those who want their friends to stay over frequently. However, these have a relatively short life span. Choose detachable bunk beds if they are a must-have, but try to opt for a full sized bed that will see them through to their teens.

  • Choose timeless styles and patterns


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Although you can try to convince them to keep their walls in subdued shades, ultimately their room should be their choice. That means if they want bright and colourful wallpaper it’s only fair to let kids be kids.

To compromise, choose wallpaper in a pattern that will stay in style. For a timeless girly feel choose vintage florals and opt for a pink shade that is not too demanding. For the boy’s bedroom, nautical wallpaper with anchors or sky blue cloud patterns will stand the test of time.

  • Give them plenty of storage

storageKids love to collect lots of books, toys and clothes, which inevitably leads to a lot of clutter. It is therefore important to make sure they have enough storage space. Wardrobes and drawers are always ideal, but if you’re struggling to accommodate all their stuff, or you have a limited amount of space, there are alternatives.

Websites such as offer a huge range of storage options for your children’s bedroom. Bedside drawer chests are great for clothes, and when they are older, a second one on the other side of the bed is a chic storage solution. Under bed storage drawers are great for keeping school books, shoes and P.E. kits in, whilst blanket/storage boxes are the perfect place to keep all their teddies.

  • Personalise the space with decorations

decorOnce you have everything in place, you and your little one can enjoy putting your own stamp on the space. Vibrant and personalised cushions are easy to wash, inexpensive and can really brighten up the room. The same goes for statement lighting. Cute nightlights or colourful lampshades can tailor the room to your child’s style with minimal effort.

Posters, wall stickers and curtains can change the appearance of their room quickly and can be easily replaced when their tastes change. The same goes for bed linens, which are a fantastic way to keep their room feeling their own without you having to spend a lot of time and money.



  1. These are great tips. And very true. I hate painting, so there is no way I’m going to be repainting my kid’s rooms every time they change their mind.

    I will give classic colors for paint, dark floors and then let them personalize to their taste with decorations or pictures on the wall. It lasts a lot longer and much easier to change up when their tastes change.

  2. You gave me some really cool ideas. We just moved and it is temporary, but I still want kids to feel home without putting much money into their room. I just might decorate the walls and create a lot of storage for them

  3. Jenna wood says

    Haggling with children over design decisions can seem tedious, it’s always great to keep these tips in mind and pick your battles. I think painting is the hardest decision to arrive at.

  4. I am so glad I read this post! It’s almost time to upgrade our kids’ room from the baby nursery decor to a more big kid look and these are very useful design tips!

  5. I have followed many of these ideas with my kids. I was also lucky to go gender neutral with art in my babies rooms so that I could pass down art to younger siblings.

  6. Marilyn says

    Thank you for such helpful tips and visuals. I have boys and gave up in this area lol

  7. These really are all excellent tips. My favorite is to paint the walls white or off white and add color with accessories. So true!

  8. love that boys room with the spaceships! would be perfect for my son

  9. Great tips for a child’s room. I believe choosing the right paint color is among the hardest things for myself. I like color, lots of it! Buying cheep furniture is a waste of money. Think of it as an investment.

  10. Lexie Lane says

    These are all great examples but I definitely love the soft colors. I am terrible at designs though. After the colors, I have no idea what to do after. So these are great examples for me!

  11. Great tips! We rent anyway, so we can’t make any permanent changes anyway, but definitely try to keep in mind things that will last longer- going straight to the full size bed after he outgrew his toddler bed, etc…he does have a VERY Thomas room- but he’s been obsessed for 4 years with no end in sight…so it’s a safe choice for him regardless 😉

  12. Kristyn says

    great tips! we just moved into a new home and are getting ready to fully redo her room and hope it lasts for several years!

  13. I guess the first thing to do in making a child’s bedroom last is to make the child love it that they take good care for it themselves.

  14. Emily McMurphy says

    Thanks for the tips! They are excellent, and I will be sure to put them to good use. 🙂

  15. Becky Schollian says

    Wonderful review. My daughter just did my G’daughters room. It was a challenge getting all the colors to co-ordinate but the out come is beautiful. Thanks for the tips.

  16. Looking forward to putting some of your ideas into action.

  17. md kennedy says

    The other thing I’ve seen a lot of lately is wall decals – easy-peasy to add, remove and change as your kids’ tastes change! And not too expensive, either.

  18. Love your tips !!

    I’ll put the tips in action very soon. The furniture you’ve use is beautiful and lovely. Such as furniture for bedroom and living room should be beautiful so that everyone will be happy by seeing our whole house !


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