This Nursery Staple Belongs in Your Grown-Up Kitchen, and Here’s Why
You may be surprised how well this youthful decor element works in this setting.
The Great Toddler Bed DebateDesign Ideas
One of the enduring debates among our readers is whether to transition a child from their crib to a toddler-size bed or go straight to a twin bed (or bigger). It’s a decision most parents will make at one time or another, and there is a multitude of competing factors to consider. This debate has come up time and again on Apartment Therapy, with hundreds of comments on the topic.
Oct 19, 2022
Want a Stylish Alternative to Cubbies for Kids' Storage? Try a Faux MantelDesign Ideas
Putting your kid's toys away just got a lot easier — and a lot more stylish.
Sep 19, 2022
How I Made Zero Holes Hanging a Nursery Mobile from the Ceiling of a RentalDesign Ideas
I designed the perfect custom felt baby mobile on Etsy and realized sometime between ordering it and receiving it that I also needed something to hang it from.
Apr 30, 2022
These Are the Top Nursery Trends for 2022, According to InstagramDesign Ideas
From neutral colors to bold patterns.
Feb 26, 2022
You’ll Want Kate Hudson’s Daughter’s Nursery Wallpaper in Your Own BedroomDesign Ideas
If you’re a frequent flyer of Kate Hudson’s Instagram page then you are well aware that she’s the queen of floral wallpaper. Her entire home is plastered with gorgeous garden prints in pastel blues and dreamy greens. In one of her most recent posts, Hudson gave followers a glimpse at her daughter Rani’s nursery, which is also bedecked in floor-to-ceiling florals — and this design may just be the best one yet.
Oct 1, 2021
This Is Why Chip and Joanna Gaines Painted Their Son’s Nursery Gray
The paint color is surprisingly dark for a nursery, but it looks great.
Sep 22, 2021
10 Cute Kids’ Desks to Make Homework Time and Crafting Way More FunDesign Ideas
These desks are parent- and kid-approved.
Aug 10, 2021
Tiny Person, Tiny Room: Homes With Clever Solutions to Fitting in a NurseryDesign Ideas
If only the universe were a little more accommodating, every time you added a new person to your family, a new room would magically be added to your abode. Alas, it is not so. But the good news is that, for a while at least, tiny people do not take up very much space, so in the same way that you can morph part of a living room into a home office or a closet into a (grown-up) bedroom, you can carve out a spot for your little one.
Jul 10, 2021
The Tropical Mural In Gabrielle Union’s Daughter’s Room Is So SereneDesign Ideas
Lulu and Georgia have a best-selling wallpaper that is almost an exact match.
Jun 14, 2021
Hilary Duff Shared a Charming Shelfie From Her Daughter’s NurseryDesign Ideas
The arch! The stuffed animals! The ceramic mushrooms!
Jun 13, 2021
Ashley Tisdale’s Nursery Is “Calming, Grounding, and Minimalistic”Design Ideas
Tisdale posted photos of and wrote about Jupiter’s minimalist nursery, which she furnished with both high and low-end pieces that will grow alongside baby Jupiter.
May 6, 2021
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik’s Daughter Has a Retro Accessory in Her NurseryDesign Ideas
Is this retro home good making a comeback?
Feb 6, 2021
Nursery Number TwoDesign Ideas
My task was simple, or so it seemed: create a chic, boyish nursery for my second baby. It should’ve been easy – I’ve been designing and decorating kids’ rooms and nurseries for years – well before I had my first child and fully understood what and who they were for: the parents. I’ve researched and reviewed baby and kids’ furniture – I know what’s out there but more importantly, I know what I like.
Jan 15, 2021
9 Baby Essentials That Won’t Cramp Your Grown-Up Decorating StyleDesign Ideas
Form and function for the little ones!
Dec 6, 2020
Your Fave Luxury Bedding Brand Just Launched Crib MattressesDesign Ideas
Allswell's Littles collection just got bigger.
Oct 18, 2020
The Genius Small Bedroom Trick That Works for Kids & AdultsDesign Ideas
Small rooms with big ideas for little people.
Oct 14, 2020
A Blogger Designed a Black-and-White Nursery That’s Anything but BoringDesign Ideas
Decorating for littles can still be big on style and sophistication.
Sep 24, 2020
Leanne Ford’s Crate & Barrel Collection Will Make You Want Nursery FurnitureDesign Ideas
For your living room—even if you don't have kids!
Sep 15, 2020
30 Beautiful Kids’ Desks & WorkspacesDesign Ideas
Sometimes the kitchen table will suffice, but if you’re tired of cleaning up math books and stray pencils every time you want to eat dinner, it may be time for a dedicated work space for you little one. Not only will it provide a home for their burgeoning backpack, it will give them a space to focus on that homework, complete that art project, and write in that journal. And for a little inspiration, here are thirty of my favorites: 1. Scandinavian Deko 2. Fantastic Frank 3.
Aug 5, 2020
Target’s New Pillowfort Collection Is For The Adventurous Kid In All Of UsDesign Ideas
You're never too young (or old) for a sloth lamp.
Jul 18, 2020
Target Just Unveiled the Cutest New Brand for New ParentsDesign Ideas
Hey new moms and dads (and aunts, uncles, grandparents….), Target just made setting up a nursery even easier—and cuter. The retailer is launching a new brand called Cloud Island, and it is as dreamy as its name. As if Target wasn’t already a one stop shop for new parents, they’re really going all in with this collection.
Jul 18, 2020
Little Kids, Big Style: Our Favorite Kids Rooms & Nurseries of the YearDesign Ideas
Be prepared, upon diving into this slideshow, to be uncomfortably jealous of babies, toddlers, and teenagers. These 15 rooms, home to kids of all ages, are utterly delightful: playful yet sophisticated, orderly yet inviting, and lovingly designed without being fussy. The thoughtfulness of the decor means that these nurseries and kids’ rooms will accommodate their young occupants as they grow—and that there are plenty of design ideas to steal for our own grown-up rooms.
Jul 18, 2020
Age is Just a Number: 10 Kids’ Rooms with Grown-Up, Steal-able StyleDesign Ideas
Whether you’ve got little ones at home or not, you’ll be able to take some inspiration from these cheerful but totally mature spaces from our house tours. It turns out that kids (and of course their indubitably stylish parents) have mastered the secret to a youthful yet refined space.
Jul 18, 2020
20 Ways to Customize the IKEA KURA Loft Bed & Make It Your OwnDesign Ideas
The KURA loft bed has earned its cred and its staying power. It’s cheap, ideal for small homes and, as you’ll see in these twenty examples, offers endless opportunities for customization. Paint, wood, fabric: choose your medium and make your KURA your own with a simple color upgrade or a full-on hack. 1. Wood slats cover this KURA to totally transform the look and lend it a tree house feel. (IKEAHackers) 2.
Jul 16, 2020
15 Adorable Baby Room Ideas to Inspire Your Home NurseryDesign Ideas
From neutrals to pastels and beyond.
Jul 16, 2020
Creative Gallery Walls in Nurseries and Kids’ RoomsDesign Ideas
Creating a gallery wall is a great way to display a myriad collection of art, framed or otherwise, and more and more I’m seeing them popping up in nurseries and children’s rooms. Installing one can be a bit of an art as you balance different sizes and mediums, but they also allow a ton of creativity. The example above is a mega (awesome) gallery wall, but don’t be intimidated by it. Choose a smaller wall or partial wall to fill with the art you’ve been collecting.
Jul 16, 2020
Raise the Roof: Kids’ Loft Bed InspirationDesign Ideas
When I was in college, my roommate and I got a loft bed system, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Not only did we have lots of floor space to hang out and study, I loved having the privacy and coziness of my own secret bed platform. For small spaces, a loft can be a great way to open up floor space, but even if you don’t feel you need the extra room, a loft can be a great hideaway for a kid.
Jul 16, 2020
Polly’s Bold & Colorful Retro RoomDesign Ideas
Name: Polly Age: 3 Location: Totnes, Devon, UK Room size: 16.4 x 11.4 foot Chances are, you’ve probably seen Jane Foster’s work, and we’ve featured her many times ourselves. Her work whole-heartedly celebrates the bold shapes, patterns and colors from the 60’s and 70’s – one can’t help feel a bit nostaligic when admiring her designs. When it was time to create a space for her daughter Polly, she replicated this passion for vintage and retro design.
Jul 16, 2020
Make it Work: 8 Combination Nursery & Office Shared SpacesDesign Ideas
Let’s face it—kids don’t really take up too much space. It’s all of the junk we buy for them that gets in the way! In an effort to downsize and share space, some savvy folks turn to shared offices and nurseries! Mom or Dad can work while the little one snoozes. We’ve scouted out some favorite office and nursery combos to inspire you. Take a look! 1. Teressa and Ryan’s Fresh & Friendly Home 2.
Jul 16, 2020
10 Cheap IKEA Rugs Meet Real Kids’ RoomsDesign Ideas
I’m sure we’ve all been there: hanging around some bargain in a big-box store wondering “will this actually look good in the room, or will it look… you know…. cheap?” But there’s no reason why a reduction in cost should result in a reduction in style. Here are 10 IKEA rug bargains, priced from $2.99 – $129, all looking stylish in situ. 1. The TÅRNBY rug ($99) in Samantha Rose’s Daydream Nursery (top two pictures).
Jul 16, 2020
Daphne’s Glamorous NurseryDesign Ideas
Name: Daphne (1 month)Location: Charleston, SC Size: 10′ x 13′ Many nurseries start off as home offices that are then bequeathed to the newest family member upon their arrival. This was the case with Deirdre’s office which she used for three years before finding out she was expecting. Luckily, the paint color worked well for the nursery she had in mind.How did your office become Daphne’s nursery?
Jul 15, 2020
Birdhouses Add Dimension & Color as Nursery DecorDesign Ideas
Some of us have a little birdhouse in our soul and others hang them in the nursery. They’re inexpensive, completely customizable and what could better symbolize the “nesting stage” than a birdhouse? If you really wanted to start from scratch you could build your own birdhouses, but they are also readily available (and inexpensive) at craft stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc. Decorate with paint, washi tape, or decoupaged paper or fabric.
Jul 15, 2020
Small Space Inspiration: Bunk Beds & LoftsDesign Ideas
The only time I’ve ever slept in a bunk bed was at summer camp, and I loved it. While most of us aren’t sleeping away in cabins, everyone can use space-saving furniture. For kids, lofted and bunk beds are a great option.Bunk beds free up floor space in a shared kids room, and you can configure them to work for two, three, and even four beds. A lofted bed can work for kids (and, as in image 5, a baby and crib) as well as adults (Images 2 and 9).Bunk & Loft Inspiration:1.
Mar 29, 2020
2 Rooms, 2 Kids: Share a Bedroom & Gain a Playroom?Design Ideas
It seems that, increasingly, it’s becoming the norm for kids to have their own bedrooms, especially if there’s adequate space for it. But what if you have two rooms, two kids, and no playroom? Is it a better use of the space to have the kids share a bedroom? In my experience, young children don’t feel much of a need for a private bedroom. They would rather have ample space to play.
Mar 12, 2020
Travel-Inspired Nurseries & Kids RoomsDesign Ideas
For some of us there’s no place like home, but for others wanderlust reigns supreme. Naturally the latter want to pass on their love of travel to their little ones, and what better place to start than where they’ll be spending much of their first few years of life – the nursery.
Mar 12, 2020
On Trend: Neon in Nurseries & Kids RoomsDesign Ideas
Neon has been enjoying a design redemption in a big way. These hot colors are hot again, but unlike most design trends, neon hasn’t trickled down into nurseries and kids spaces as much as I’d expected. But for those parents who have chosen to use neon in big or small ways, I say hats off to you!
Mar 12, 2020
A Compendium of Clever, Creative Ways to Set Up a Shared Kids RoomDesign Ideas
I don’t know about you, but when I think of a shared kids’ bedroom, my mind immediately goes to two twin beds side by side, or maybe bunk beds. (Or if you’re as unlucky as my sister and I were, a shared full bed. We often daydreamed about building a wall right down the middle of the bed!) If you let yourself start to think outside of the box, there are so many creative solutions to a shared kids’ situation. Here are a few of my favorites from our archives: Short on space?
Mar 11, 2020
4 Ways to Inspire Wonder in Your KidsDesign Ideas
Wonderment. The state of awe. And the starting place for creativity and delight. Sounds…wonderful? Then how do we increase wonderment in our kids’ lives? By surrounding them with things that inspire wonder, that’s how. Most items that increase wonderment in a child’s life fall into one of the following four categories. Consider placing them in your child’s room as your four-step plan to designing a wonderful, creativity-inspiring space.
Mar 11, 2020
Shared Kids Rooms: Making a Multiple Bed Layout WorkDesign Ideas
So, you’ve decided your kids are going to share a room which means you have two beds (or a bed + crib) to fit into the room. The size and shape of the room may guide or dictate where you place the beds, but it’s worth taking a look at some different bed layouts to see if they spark inspiration for you. Probably the most traditional layout, this formation has a nice visual symmetry and conveys a sense of each child’s claim to the space being equal.
Mar 11, 2020
Better Together: The Power of CollectionsDesign Ideas
When I was a kid, I had a huge keychain collection. Why on Earth I felt I needed so many keychains, or why I decided to start collecting them in the first place is absolutely beyond me, but nevertheless I loved that jingly ball of metal. I’m starting to find that my own daughter is beginning to gather collections of her own — shiny rocks, plastic princesses, and sticks, to name a few.
Mar 11, 2020
Trend Watch: Moroccan Poufs in the Baby’s RoomDesign Ideas
They’re everywhere! And why shouldn’t they be? Moroccan poufs add an incredible pop of color, are comfy to sit on, and handy for Mom to pop her feet up on while feeding. And unlike the crib, they’ll only get better (and more use) with age. Interested in investing in one of your own? Read on for the down-low on perfecting the pouf! If you’re planning to use the pouf as a footstool, think about what will complement your rocker.
Mar 11, 2020
Color Blocking: Two-Tone Walls in Kids’ RoomsDesign Ideas
If you’re like me and you’re torn between the look of a bright, white room and a fun, colorful space for your little one, you might be a perfect candidate for the two-tone trend. It’s the best of both worlds, and the only thing you need to make it happen is a good roll of painter’s tape (and, of course, paint!). Here are ten of my favorite two-tone spaces to jump-start your imagination: 1. Petit Sweet Nursery 2. Timothy’s Nursery 3. Nursery 4.
Mar 11, 2020
Real Rooms, Real Style: 20 Kids’ WorkspacesDesign Ideas
In our neighborhood, it seems you can hear both the collective groans and cheers as the children in each home receive their teacher assignments for the upcoming school year. Whether or not your children snagged the teachers of their dreams, you can make heading back-to-school a positive experience. One way to build excitement for the upcoming school year is to create a special workspace just for them.
Mar 11, 2020
Kids’ Room Inspiration: White Walls + Statement CurtainsDesign Ideas
If you’re looking to add color, pattern, or texture to a kids room in a rental, don’t despair! Even with requisite white (or bland beige) walls, statement curtains can come to the rescue: 1. Arden’s White & Black Wonderland achieves a sophisticated look (and good nap time dimming) with black curtains. 2. Bright, Colorful Abode owes its name, in large part, to its golden yellow curtains. 3.
Mar 11, 2020
Can’t Paint Your Child’s Room? Add Color with a Statement RugDesign Ideas
If you are thinking of ways to start decorating your child’s room and are daunted by the white walls, start with a large, colorful statement rug! The rug can be the starting point of adding color to a neutral palette. Check out some of these rooms that do this very thing and pay attention to the way each room builds layers of color and texture in order to create a pulled-together look. This rug in Isabella’s room packs a colorful, geometric punch.
Mar 11, 2020
For Your Inspiration Board: Dark Nurseries & Kids’ RoomsDesign Ideas
Colorful walls are cheerful, and light walls can be peaceful, but I think dark walls are soothing and cozy. Those two adjectives sound just right for a little one’s room. I’ve recently transitioned a guest bedroom with an almost-black accent wall to serve as a nursery. Although for a minute I thought the existing color might seem overwhelming or unhappy, I quickly realized it was a soothing and yet modern backdrop for baby. (Photos to come, once I finish the room!) TOP ROW 1.
Mar 11, 2020
Small Space Ally: Stokke Sleepi Crib in 10 Real RoomsDesign Ideas
The crib is often one of the first purchases a family makes in preparation for welcoming a child home. Some people don’t sweat it and pick something quickly and without fuss. Others hem and haw…and then hem and haw some more. Personally, I love seeing products in real homes before I buy them. A few months ago we showed you the affordable Sniglar crib in ten real homes and now we’re back with the Stokke Sleepi. The Stokke Sleepi is decidedly not a budget crib.
Mar 11, 2020
Trendy Kids Decor on a Budget: Black-on-White Wall DecalsDesign Ideas
They’re everywhere! From playrooms to nurseries, we keep seeing black wall decals appearing on kids rooms all over. They are affordable, renter-friendly, versatile and chic. Interested in following suit? Click through for a few tips on how these Moms and Dads used black wall decals with style. 1. First up, go geometric. Not just any black wall decal will do. Stick to a simple geometric shape for a modern look. 2. Use black and white elsewhere in the room.
Mar 11, 2020
Real Life Shared Rooms for 3 KidsDesign Ideas
Three or more kids in one room is no easy feat, but these parents rose to the task with panache. If you, too, have space constraints, or just desire a little extra bonding time for your children, get inspired by these real life rooms for three. Have you tried having more than two children share a room? How did it work, and would you recommend it? TOP ROW: 1. The Figgle Family’s Cozy First Home 2. Something for Everyone in Parker, Monty, and Elliott’s Room 3.
Mar 11, 2020
8 Ways to Make a Small Kid’s Room Feel Bigger by Drawing Attention to the CeilingDesign Ideas
Just because you can’t actually make a room bigger, doesn’t mean you can’t trick the eye into making it appear and feel bigger. One of the most effective ways to do this is to draw the eye upward toward the ceiling making the walls seem higher and giving the room an air of expansiveness. Here are eight real-room examples—not all of them are small—but you can apply the ideas to your own small room. Embellish the ceiling.
Mar 11, 2020
A Nook of One’s Own: Kids Hideouts & HideawaysDesign Ideas
It’s in their nature: kids love to hide. Some kids hide under the table, some under a blanket fort. And some really lucky ducks have dedicated hideouts at home. Here are ten examples that we wrote about this past year. They range from the very easy and do-able to the more elaborate and fantastical. 1. A Secret Kids Room Through the Closet2. Playhouse from Lori and Jeromy’s Stylish Family Home3. Grey’s Bed Nook from Jill Dan’s Lighthearted Home4.
Mar 11, 2020
Global Style: Beautiful Kids Rooms from Around the WorldDesign Ideas
Great style is a language we can all speak. Each year readers from around the globe share their children’s rooms with us and we delight in seeing which trends know no boundaries and which are new to us.
Mar 11, 2020
Gender Neutral Color Case Study: GreenDesign Ideas
Personally, I couldn’t wait to find out if I was having a baby boy or a baby girl, but plenty of parents prefer the surprise. However, few parents want to wait until after the delivery to put a nursery together. If you plan on painting your walls, this might leave you with a conundrum – what color? Today we’re just going to look at just one color – green – and see how it works, with different accent colors, in both boys and girls rooms.
Mar 11, 2020
A Gallery of Children’s Floor BedsDesign Ideas
There are many reasons parents might opt to use a floor bed for their child: following Montessori principles of independence-building, fear of a young child rolling out of a tall bed, saving money on a bed or easy access for a special needs child. If you’re considering going this route, here are fifteen children’s floor beds to check out for inspiration and encouragement.
Mar 11, 2020
30 Ways to Add Color to Your Kid’s Room Without Painting the WallsDesign Ideas
Renters rejoice! We know that you can sometimes feel left out of the color loop because you can’t bust out that paint brush and splash color all over your walls. But fear not – here are 30 fabulous ways to add color to your kids’ rooms (or most any room of the house) without painting the walls: ROW ONE 1. Hang some colorful curtains 2. Paint the bed 3. Use removable wall decals 4. Add colorful seating 5. Add colorful storage baskets ROW TWO 6. Create a colorful book display 7.
Mar 11, 2020
Fresh Kids Room Color Combo: Green & OrangeDesign Ideas
I’m a big fan of less common color schemes, and I love bold color in nurseries and kids bedrooms. In honor of color month here at Apartment Therapy, I rounded up some fantastic spaces featuring a relatively underused color scheme: orange and green. 1. This “Small Space Nursery Triumph” is tiny, but the mix of patterns lends it lots of personality and the soothing sage green and carrot orange are balanced by the neutral greys and whites. 2.
Mar 11, 2020
Cozy Roommates: Shared BedroomsDesign Ideas
Whether siblings need to bunk together due to space constraints or because they want to, sharing a bedroom is often a convenient solution. Not only does it save space, it teaches them to share space. One of the biggest challenges to designing a space that most likely is shared by children of different ages is creating a restful and inspiring bedroom that fits all their varying needs.
Mar 11, 2020
Modern Nursery Classic: The Eames RockerDesign Ideas
The iconic Eames rocker is a well-loved addition to many nurseries that we have featured here. Most nursery rockers and gliders tend towards enormity, but this little workhorse is a stylish small space wonder that’s great for nursing, reading, or just hanging out.Designed in 1948, the Eames’ borrowed techniques for molding plastic from World War II research to create a plastic chair with a more organic, body-contoured form.
Mar 11, 2020