Kid Tested, Adult Approved: Grown-Up Decorating Lessons Inspired by Kids Rooms

published Jan 25, 2017
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When decorating a kid’s room, designers (and design-minded parents) tend to give themselves more creative license to let loose and fill the space with their most whimsical and imaginative ideas. To borrow some of these bold ideas and inventive uses for little spaces, we’re scouting out children’s rooms with style lessons to spare. Class is in session.

Lesson: Be bold with your paint choices.

Parents and designers alike seem more willing to take chances when decorating children’s rooms, in part because they are more willing to be playful. Case in point: The bravely painted pink zig-zags around this room from H&M Home. Reconnect with your inner child and try taking your decor choices a little less seriously. When you’re ready for adventure, try one of these unusual painting ideas.

(Image credit: Elisabeth Wilborn)

Lesson: There is always room for a desk, even in tight quarters.

The sleek desk design above would work for a grown-up office, too, or consider these seven other ideas for tiny work surfaces.

(Image credit: Petit and Small)

Lesson: A canopy bed is always a good idea.

This little girl’s room from Petit and Small shows how a canopy turns a bed into a cozy and private sleeping nook. To get the look—without sacrificing sophistication or splurging on a new bed—check out these 10 ways to turn a boring bed into a charming canopy bed.

(Image credit: Cup of Jo)

Lesson: Embrace the transformative power of wall murals.

Gigantic murals that turn a wall into a mountain range or a flower-strewn garden are popping up in kids’ rooms all around the web, including the one above from Cup of Jo. But why let the little ones have all the fun? Here are some of our favorite wall mural sources offering options for the over-20 set.

(Image credit: Solebich)

Lesson: You can never have too many throw pillows.

One enviable quality of kids rooms is that comfort reigns supreme. Throw pillows, floor pillows and cuddly stuffed animals abound, as shown in the cute space above from Solebich. While we may be too old for the plushies, we will never outgrow the pile of pillows. Get inspired by these creative DIY pillow covers, then join the debate on whether there really is such a thing as too many pillows.

(Image credit: Babyccino)

Lesson: Baskets fix all messes.

For storing toys, stuffed animals and linens, baskets are most often the container of choice. In grown-up bedrooms, they still work wonders stashing towels, rogue throw pillows and dirty clothes. We can’t stop coo-ing over the sweet baskets above from Babyccino, but we also love these 15 stylish options.

Lesson: Always make room for books.

While most children’s rooms have at least one shelf devoted to books—Lilou’s room from J’aurais pu m’appeler Marcel has several—many grown-up homes choose tech and tchotchkes over reading materials. If you think you don’t have the space, browse these 17 brilliant ways to fit in a few more books.