Kids room ideas: 45 fresh ideas for a modern yet whimsical kids bedroom

These fun kids room ideas offer a fresh new take on kids room decorating

kids room ideas with pretty wallpaper and vintage bed
(Image credit: Design by Katharine Pooley)

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 45 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.

kids room ideas with pretty wallpaper and vintage bed

Get the look: Wallpaper is from Sanderson. Cushion is from Chelsea Textiles

(Image credit: Design by Katharine Pooley)

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 colour, 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. 

kids room ideas with mid century furniture pieces

Get the look: The canopy, £88, is by Numero 74 at Smallable. Donna Wilson’s Creatures, from £18 each, have a similar feelto these soft toys. Find a Moroccan leather pouffe, from £130, at Graham and Green. Ferm Living sells a similar house-shaped wall unit.

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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.

kids desk area in alcove with curtains

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3. Up-cycle a boat for a nautical scheme

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

kids room ideas with boat bed suspended from ceiling

Get the look: These are the seascape Riviera Fabrics from £31.00 per m, From ILIV Fabrics

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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.

kids room ideas with xl miffy lamp

Get the look: The Lichtenstein print was a gift. The bunny lamp is Miffy XL!

(Image credit: Design by Gachot)

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. 

kids room ideas with cool cupboard fronts

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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. 

kids room ideas with painted mural by beata heuman

Get the look: The headboard is upholstered in Beata Heuman's Palm Drop Linen design in Blue Plaster.

(Image credit: Photography by Simon Brown)

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.

kids room ideas with chalkboard mural by lucy tiffney

Lucy Tiffney for Annie Sloan

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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. 

kids room ideas with painted mural with chalk pens

Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, from £5.95 for 120ml

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Budget no issue? Commission an artist instead.

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

kids room ideas with painted surf scene mural


(Image credit: Design by Martyn Lawrence Bullard)

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

kids room ideas with painted mural of a crow

Get the Look This specially commissioned wall art was created by graffiti artist, David Nash (gnashermurals.com).

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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. Explore more of this home here.

kids room ideas with a mini mezzanine area

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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. 

kids room ideas with a mezzanine level and cubby holes

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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.

kids room ideas with custom shelving in alcove

Get the look: The Nottambule owl wallpaper border is from Cole & Son’s Fornasetti II collection. Check out Rowen & Wren for a similar rocking sheep.

(Image credit: Photography ⁄ Chris Tubbs)

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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11. Bucket Storage

This light-filled kids room shared by two youngsters. We love the pail-inspired bucket storage.

kids room ideas with fun storage buckets

Get the look: Find similar storage buckets at The Original Canvas Bucket Bag Company.

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12. Got space? Build a dividing wall to create a fun play nook

An awkward-shaped alcove was transformed into a cosy play space, divided by a playful partition wall with peep holes. It’s wallpapered in a photo-realistic forest print from Numerart. 

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Get the look: Custom wallcovering is from Numerart. Living Stones pillows were purchased online. Fresno Framed Short Sconce in Aged Iron is from Visual Comforts and window seat cushion is Vervain Barry Dixon Stonewaves.

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The den's round windows are designed for climbing through – or throwing rock-shaped pillows through.

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13. Short on space? Opt for space saving furniture

This compact, pull-down kids desk creates the perfect spot for doing homework.

kids desk area with a pull-down desk which is wall mounted

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14. Invest in custom joinery

We love the Moroccan-inspired look in this kids' room, with a daybed that's fitted into the wall, with built-in shelving and drawers for maximum toy storage.

kids room ideas custom joinery

Get the look: The headboard was custom made, upholstered in a fabric from Lulie Wallace. Wall lights are from Urban Electric.

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15. Create an urban vibe with Grafitti Art

The cool mural artwork in the boy bedroom below was bought in Holland. It’s a collaborative work by a group of Rotterdam graffiti artists.

kids room ideas with grafiti art

Get the look: Head to the Affordable Art Fair for similar artwork. The bed is by The White Company. Find similar wall lights at Made.com. The cushion is by Scion at John Lewis.

(Image credit: Photography ⁄ Rei Moon)

The graffiti art on the ceiling is the star of the show below, but the wall of hidden storage is impressive, too. 

kids room ideas with graffiti on the ceiling

Get the look: Bespoke storage, Dan Clark Furniture. Graffiti art, Rob Irish (signofdesigns@gmail.com). Bed, Loaf. Bedside cabinets, Mustard.

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16. Make a statement out of built-in storage

Interior designer Katharine Pooley made a feature out of the shelves in this little boy's bedroom, giving them a fun shape, and a contrasting colour.

kids room ideas with creative storage

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Built-in storage is also given a fun twist below, with sloped cupboards that create un-even shelves for toy storage.

And lastly, the black grid-like boxes of the shelving unit below, together with the black lines of the desk and painted ceiling create a Mondrian-inspired effect. We love how the desk flows into the shelves, as one piece of statement furniture.

kids desk built into statement wall storage

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17. Incorporate Pop Art for a modern look

In this teenage boy bedroom, a neon ‘follow your dreams’ sign glows against a graphic backdrop, while Star Wars themed pendant lights are a playful, cool touch.

kids room ideas with pop art and neon lighting

(Image credit: Designed by Jannat Vasi)

18. Lego Storage

The open shelving features Lego shaped storage boxes to keep clutter out of sight.

kids room ideas with lego shaped storage

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19. Book ledges instead of shelves

Shallow shelves are a great way of displaying childrens' books, while a peg board provides a handy place to store super hero outfits.

kids room ideas with book ledges or shallow shelves

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20. Pegboard Wall

The pegboard wall is a key feature in this boys' bedroom, and was inspired by a shop design.

kids room ideas with pegboard wall

Get the look: Shelving unit, Midcentury Modern fair. Pegboards, Kreisdesign. Similar armchair, Swoon.

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21. Make the most of a window sill

Designed by Alice Lane, this clever kids desk area was created between the cabinets, in the window sill area. A full wall of built ins allowed for projects and papers to be organised and out of the way.

kids desk area in the window sill

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22. Or build a window seat

Drawers are ideal storage for children's bedrooms, and can be created relatively easily under beds or window seats.

kids room ideas built under window seat

Get the look: Window Seat Fabric from Jasper Michael Smith.

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23. Dolls house shaped storage

This striking dollshouse shaped wardrobe by Andrew Martin features a stunningly detailed facade, and hides a rail and drawers inside.

Get the look: The bed is upholstered in the theatre fabric in midnight, £85 per square metre from Andrew Martin. The dollhouse storage is £2,950, also from Andrew Martin

Gable-topped model houses in this child’s bedroom artfully conceal individual wardrobes. The couple plan to have a new one made and painted a soft green for their youngest child.

kids room ideas with dollhouse shaped storage

Get the look This is the Stars wallpaper by Cole & Son. The house children’s wardrobe was made by Freeman & Whitehouse. Find a similar bed at Ikea.

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24. Create a sleeping nook

Built-in storage frames the bed area below, turning it into a cosy sleeping nook.

kids room ideas with cosy raised bed area

Get the look The floorboards are painted in Cornforth White modern emulsion by Farrow & Ball.

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25. Inject glamour with a modern four poster

A glamorous four poster bed mixed with quirky accessories make this a dreamy teenage girl's bedroom. The ceiling was opened up during the refit, which revealed an extra metre of room height hidden behind panelling.

kids room ideas with modern four poster bed

Get the look Walls painted in Dove Tale by Farrow & Ball. Maison Bed, Bunny Ears Desk Chair, Maison bookcase, Brass Bunny table lamp, Bunny Alarm Clocks, Aubrey bedside table: all Emily & Merritt at Pottery Barn Teen.

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26. Show off a skateboard collection

The neon skateboards fixed to the wall add fun pops of wild colour to the otherwise bland room.

kids room ideas with skateboard shelves

Get the look: The skateboards are all from warehouseskateboards.com. For custom decks, go to Slam City Skates. Try Retrouvius for industrial-style table lights. The grey bed linen is from Restoration Hardware. For a similar striped rug, visit Ikea.

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27. Go for calm, neutral colours for a restful scheme

Sage green paint creates a neutral, calming backdrop for this kids room scheme.

Gloss white wood gives the four poster bed a more contemporary look in this room, while beading on the walls and closets nods to the building’s landmark status.

kids room ideas with neutral colour palette

Get the look Bed, Room & Board. Light, Emily & Meritt at Pottery Barn Teen. Walls painted in Pale Blue by Farrow & Ball.

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The boy bedroom below also features a neutral colour scheme, with walls papered in a grasscloth wallcovering which gives the space a very grown-up edge.

kids room ideas with chic grasscloth wallpaper and preppy bedding

Get the look: The grass-cloth wallpaper is from Phillip Jeffries.

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28. Or go bold with a statement wallpaper

Neutral bedroom schemes not for you? Inject a bit of drama with a statement bedroom wallpaper.

This nursery bedroom below has the most glamorous wallpaper going, using satellite imagery from Nasa. 

kids room ideas with metallic wallpaper

Get the look: The wallpaper is by Calico. This is The Rocker chair by Ernest Race. Find a similar tepee at Etsy.

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This boy's bedroom wallpaper below is inspired by the Martinique design produced during the Forties and famously used at The Beverly Hills Hotel. It makes a refreshing change from the usual blue choice.

kids room ideas with tropical palm print wallpaper

Get the look: This is La Havane wallpaper by Nobilis. The bunk bed and bedding are from Loaf. The throw is from Anthropologie.

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Meanwhile, street style is the way to go for a more edgily expressive tween or teen space. 

kids room ideas with skateboard wallpaper

Get the look: The Skateboard wallpaper, £30sq m, is by Mr Perswall.

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For a teenager girl bedroom, we love the metallic palm print wallpaper below. The owners spotted this wallpaper on a Livingetc house tour before the family had moved in, so when their daughter said she wanted a turquoise room it was an obvious choice.

See Also: Girl bedroom wallpaper ideas

kids room ideas with bold wallpaper

Get the look Find the Shadow Floral wallpaper, a Florence Broadhurst pattern, at Signature Prints. The door is painted in Blue Ground estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The bed is from John Lewis. The bedside table is from Habitat. The cushions and throw are from Liberty.

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29. Magnetic wallpaper

We love London-based Sian Zeng's creative and interactive magnetic wallpapers, transforming walls into whimsical landscapes, while also making them fully magnetic – so you can easily pin up photos, cards, notes and drawings.

kids room ideas with magnetic wallpaper

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There's also a range of matching whimsical magnetic illustrations, to help tell interactive stories.

It's no wonder her designs have garnered so much attention – and actress Hilary Duff was one of her very first customers. The magnetic wallpaper design also won Sian Zeng the Esty Design Award last year.

kids room ideas with magnetic wallpaper

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30. Get your DIY on with paint effects

Paint effects are a great way to add personality to a kids' room. And they’re surprisingly easy to do if you simplify your ideas down to their most basic graphic outline: think a line of jagged mountain tops or rolling hills, a seascape, cotton-wool clouds, or a star-spangled galaxy. Select your paint, pencil on your design and fill it in. It doesn’t have to be perfect to achieve the desired effect. One feature wall will help you theme the rest of the space. And remember: there is an array of brilliant wall stickers available that will help you create the effect without the worry of it going wrong. 

kids room ideas with painted stars on walls

Get the look: These bunks are from Ikea. Try Rosa & Clara for cute animal-print cushions. The Stars wallpaper by Cole & Son, £72 a roll, has a similar scattered design; or simply replicate the look of this scheme using wall stickers, such as the ones by Parkins Interiors, £20 for 50.

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31. Play with symmetry and repetition

These boys had always shared a room before so instead of them sleeping apart, the couple created one large connecting sharing room with a child-sized hole in the wall.

kids room ideas with twin beds identical

Get the look The Ikea beds are painted in Off-Black estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. Block sells peg boards like this.

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The sharing bedroom below looks smart with identical beds, table lamps and wall sconces in complementing pastel shades.

kids room ideas with identical beds and pastel colour scheme

Get the look: The beds are from Ikea. The cushions are made in Ananas by Raoul Textiles, as is the re-covered armchair. The wall sconces are by Porta Romana.

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This shared twin room is pink to the max, but as young girls get older, some of the fluffy stuff can be trimmed out and the girls can still enjoy it. We love the pleasing symmetry and repetition.

kids room ideas with pink scheme

Get the look: This is Shawnee wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils. The toile de Jouy bedspreads were brought back from Holland. This is Jonathan Adler’s Giraffe table lamp.

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32. Create space for two with a built-in bunk bed

If you are considering a sharing bedroom but have a limited amount of space, a built-in bunk bed could be the stylish answer to your problems.

This bunk bed has a distinct nautical feel to it, thanks to the white painted finish, the shiplap wall, blue and white bedding and the brass wall lights. The effect is very summery – perfect for a themed bedroom or for a coastal holiday home.

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We love the arched surround of this built-in bunk bed below. 

bunk bed ideas

Get the look: Bunk bed in Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Napoleonic Blue and Scandinavian Pink from £5.95 for 120ml, finished with Clear Chalk Paint™ Wax from £5.95. Curtain in Ticking in Graphite £34.95 per metre and Linen Union in English Yellow + Antibes Green £39.95 per metre. Floor in Chalk Paint™ in Old White. All from www.anniesloan.com

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ABD Studio created this chic and elegant bunk bed room below for two young girls. Curtains give each bed privacy.

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If a room is tall enough for a triple bunk bed, you could consider switching up the top bunk for a cool mezzanine play balcony – thus keeping floor space clutter-free. Here a loft play space has been created above the built-in bunks, leaving plenty of floor space to play and creating a calm and un-cluttered vibe. 

bunk bed ideas

Get the look: The lights are oval brass bulkhead fittings, from £174 each, Davey Lighting at Lighting Matters.

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33. Bunk beds work well for single kids rooms too

The platform bed below was chosen to free up floor space and has the benefit of creating a cosy den underneath.

kids room ideas with amazing bunk bed design

Get the look: Thibaut’s Summer Stripe wallpaper, £63 a roll, at Designer Wallpapers, is similar to this. Nidi, the children’s furniture specialist, available at Go Modern, has a huge selection of high-sleepers and loft beds.

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This bunk space pictured below isn't actual a bed, but it makes a super fun play area complete with kids desk, balcony, slide, and even a separate ladder going up to a lookout tower. A mattress could easily be added to the mezzanine level, transforming this into an epic bunk bed. We also love the blackboard wall which transforms this upper story into a creative zone. 

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Get the look: This bedrooms designed by US-based Raad Studio. Add magnets to the mix with Rust-oleum magnetic chalkboard paint, £13 for 750ml at B&Q.

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34. Keep it simple with a modern bunk bed design

The white bunkbed with its soft, rounded edges create a Scandi look. 

bunk bed ideas

Get the look: Oliver Furniture Bunkbed and armoire

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The simple white furniture and painted ceiling beams and doorway help make this room look light and airy.

kids room ideas with simple bunk bed design

Get the look The bunk beds are from John Lewis. The chest of drawers and the rug are both from Ikea.

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35. Install an oversized headboard for dramatic effect

An oversized upholstered headboard creates a feeling of comfort in the room belonging to this family’s youngest member. 

kids room ideas with wall-to-wall wraparound headboard

Get the look The bed is by Prototype Design Lab.

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36. Snap up (or build) a modern canopy bed

With the tree top backdrop and the playhouse shape of the bed, this kids room creates a playful treehouse effect.

kids room ideas with canopy bed

Get the look: This is the Cole House trundle bed from Restoration Hardware. The fluffy pillows are from Room & Board and the smaller pillows are by Studio Four. The striped throw is by Archive NY, sourced through Studio Four. This is Bellewood Black Toile wallpaper from Rebel Walls. The Akari UF3-DL paper lantern is by Isamu Noguchi. Find similar vintage Moroccan rugs at Beldi Rugs. The Scandinavian Design Center sells similar wooden rocking horses.

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37. Personalise with pinboard headboards

Whether through filial bonding or simply lack of bedrooms, siblings are often likely to share a space. So how to make it chic as well as practical? Storage is key, but it’s also important to create areas where each child can express their personality. Pinboards are great, as are shelves. In this room, upholstered, super-tall headboards double up as pinboards. Choosing the same print and furniture unifies the space, while illuminated initial letters add a personal touch. 

kids room ideas with pinboard headboards

Get the look: The bespoke headboards with lights are by The Mint List, made using fabric by barneby gates. The Star rug, from £110, is from rockett St george.

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38. Introduce a design classic

The Eames elephant is a classic piece of furniture. This playful children's chair is the perfect example of Charles and Ray Eames' fun side, and it's become one of the couple’s most famous pieces.

You don’t need to be under five to enjoy its elegant lines, but unfortunately they’ve yet to make a jumbo size for us adults…

kids room ideas with eames elephant

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The elephant stools come in two different sizes and a range of colours, and are available from conranshop.co.uk, utilitydesign.co.ukand nest.co.uk among others.

Style-conscious teens want white walls, industrial furniture and cool Scandi design. Easy wins? How about introducing a retro Bubble chair by Eero Aarnio in which to while away the hours watching YouTube or Snapchatting?

kids room ideas with bubble chair

Get the look: Find an original Bubble chair by Eero Aarnio at 1stdibs – just remember to hang it from a supporting beam. Abigail Ahern is the queen of faux cacti, from £30 for the mini Mojave. Create your own bold picture wall with a mix of pages from magazines, postcards and photo booth strips.

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39. Metal chute

This one is a bit more out there and harder to install – but if money is no object then we're sure it will be worth it

The Carston Holler inspired metal chute pictured below starts upstairs and twists down the house to this kids room; it’s safe for kids and big enough for young-at-heart parents.

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40. Paint the walls with blackboard paint

Forget off-the-peg posters – instead, give your kids creative free reign and allow them to use their own artwork to decorate their space. After all, there really is nothing cuter than a lovingly home-made potato print or stick person drawing. A chalkboard has perennial play appeal, so take it one step further by painting a whole wall with blackboard paint. And, because it can be constantly changed, it will last right through to their teens. Adding a blackboard-painted wall to an otherwise simple white room is an easy way to introduce an eye-catching feature, and will allow the kids to get creative.

kids room ideas blackboard wall

Get the look: Get blackboard paint from B&Q and heavy-duty white floor paint from Leyland. Find Lack floating shelves at Ikea, from £5 each, along with the Kallax storage unit, from £30, which is similar to this one. Beldi and Larusi have a good selection of Beni-style rugs. Tanguy Rolin sells vintage Serge Mouille lights.

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You could also use blackboard paint for other surfaces, like built-in wardrobes and toy storage.

kids room ideas with blackboard painted cupboards

Get the look: The pendant shade, left, is from Pipii. The wire pendant, right, is from Oliver Bonas. The carpet is by Carpetright.

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41. Throw out the colour rulebook

Rather than never being seen, blue and green work a treat in this kids bedroom.The stylised palm print looks almost abstract when it’s wrapped around a whole room. 

kids room ideas with blue and green colour scheme

Get the look: There are a host of palm print wallpapers available – this is Manila, £61 a roll, by Sanderson. Find vintage Silver Surfer posters on eBay – also a good source for Captain America cushions – or new versions, from £6.99, at All Posters. The shark pendant light, £22, is from Little Home at John Lewis.

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42. Create a cosy bed area with a canopy

Oh-so simple, yet oh-so chic, the canopy is the must-have for all dreamy bedrooms. Use it to demarcate a den area, create a cosy reading corner, or simply up-cycle a bog- standard bed into a fairy tale-worthy dream space. Draped around the bed at night-time, it will help create a cosy sleeping space. An easy way to do it? Buy a lightweight, hanging mosquito net and dye it in the colour of your child’s choice.

kids room ideas with hanging canopy

Get the look: For a stylish bed canopy in various colours, check out the Sebra, £105, at The Modern Nursery. The Kili cotbed in Soft Blue, £699, at Nubie, is similar to the one shown. Ferm Living’s Harlequin wallpaper, £71 a roll, is a good match for this pattern.

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43. Utilise sloped ceilings

A built-in cabin bed is a clever way of making use of an awkward sloping ceiling.

kids room ideas with built in storage bed

Get the look: The cabin bed is a bespoke design by The London Joinery Company, price on request. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Calamine estate emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L. Find a sheepskin rug, £160, from Celtic & Co.

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44. Incorporate a secret den

Bespoke storage opens to reveal a secret hideaway in the eaves.

kids room ideas with secret den in cubby hole

Get the look: The joinery was designed by Nicola Hicks. The wallpaper is by Piet Hein Eek. Try notonthehighstreet.com for a similar star wall light.

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45. Create an interactive feature wall with wall pods

We love the hexagon-shaped wall pods that are featured here in 'The Den', part of Gleneagles hotel. You could easily achieve something like this in the kids room, with the help of a talented joiner / carpenter.

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