50 Kids' Rooms So Cool You'll Wish They Were Yours

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JOHN MERKL

Kids have very specific visions of how they want to decorate their bedrooms, and those ideas are also usually inspired by epic movie sets and elaborate fairy tales backdrops. And let's face it, the only way their bedroom will emulate the interior of the Millennium Falcon is if they hit the minor-league lottery. But not all fabulous kids rooms ideas live outside the realm of possibility. It just takes a balance of childlike imagination with adult practicality and style. Some expert interior designer advice doesn't hurt either, so we gathered our fifty favorite kids bedrooms to guide you.

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nursery ideas
Marie Flanigan Interiors
Invest In Ageless Furniture

Contained by goldleaf borders, the flowers climbing up the walls of designer newborn daughter's room are actually mural wallpaper. Today, the daybed is "a cozy spot for late-night feedings, but one day it'll be her big-girl bed, with a trundle for sleepovers," the Houston Designer says. Stylish, ageless, multi-purpose furniture is always a good investment.

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teenager bedroom ideas
Laure Joilet
Display Their Passions

In the Hawaiian Kona-coast bedroom of a 13-year-old, surfboards pay homage to his happy place. At the occupant's request, San Francisco-based NICOLEHOLLIS made it a place where he can hang out with friends. "No matter the age, we always ask our clients how they live," she says.

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teen bedroom ideas
JOHN MERKL
Keep a Sense of Humor

Canopy beds are cool no matter what, but make it a tented canopy with a built-in pendant lamp and tassels and we're too floored. Also, why use an end bench when you can install an indoor lucite swing at the foot of your bed instead? Leave it up to Studio Heimat to knock the teenage bedroom design out of the park.

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creative kids rooms 
David A. Land
Go All Out

Is this not the coolest space you've ever laid eyes on? It has literally everything you could ever want: A distinguishable sense of place without relying on a cheesy theme, fun and one-of-a-kind architectural elements with functional value, cozy sleeping arrangements that don't take up the entire room, and plenty of accents that spark the imagination.

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bunk room ideas
Studio Life/Style
Make It Feel Like a Fort

And next in line for most epic kid's rooms that double as play spaces, we bring you this bunk room designed by Southern California-based firm . Aside from being the ultimate sleepover site, it's also tastefully decorated. The cactus-print wallpaper adds a nice neutral splash of color, which is reflected in the curtains that deliver privacy despite being a bunk bed (and hopefully sleep-in mornings).

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timeless kids rooms
Studio DB
Add Dressy Accents

But not every kid's room needs to be overtly playful to be age-appropriate. Sometimes it just makes more sense to keep the kid-friendly elements subtle. Bursting with warmth, this little girl's room designed by Studio DB is going to mature gracefully. That's thanks to the versatile yet distinct color scheme anchored around blush pinks, creamy tones, warm beige accents, and a touch of burgundy.

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boys rooms decorating ideas
Raquel Langworthy
Choose a Cool Bed

To soften the punchy stripes and colors of this bedroom, designer Susana Simonpietri of Chango & Co. hung a leather headboard that will continue to work as the seven-year-old boy grows up. "It's important to keep the child's current age in mind, as well as the years ahead of him," she says.

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fun kids rooms ideas
Hey!Cheese
Make It a Play Room

Obstacle course or dream bedroom? Hao Design Studio, a Taiwan-based firm, used rounded lines and muted tones for the imaginative girls' bedroom in Kaoshiung City, describing it as "an adventure amusement park." The second level is a playhouse and that you reach by ladder while you take the slide to get down.

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yellow bedroom ideas
Paul Raeside
Spread Some Cheer

If a room could be a hug, this is what it would look like. The chipper yellow gingham wallpaper envelopes the entire space designed by Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, unifying the many angles and corners. The architectural quirks, along with the punchy colors and fun fabrics, make it feel like a clubhouse.

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cool beds for kids
Studio DB
Put It On a Platform

A platform bed with drawers gives extra storage. It's perfect for all your kiddos' toys, or if you're lacking in closet space. This one designed by Studio DB doesn't feel overly childish, either.

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cool kids rooms
Stacey Van Berkel
Inspire Curiosity

Don't let that soft shade of purple fool you. MA Allen Interiors' client wanted a room that would empower her two-year-old granddaughter "to grow and pursue anything under the sun," so the North Carolina designer built in magical surprises to promote discovery and wonder.

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traditional kids room
Gieves Anderson
Incorporate Family Memories

When her now 12-year-old twins graduated from bunk beds, New York designer Alexa Hampton brought in grown-up furniture and a custom Dean Barger mural inspired by a family trip to Rome. They share a room, "and that can be kind of a drag, so looking out of a fake window onto an Italian square," is some consolation, Hampton says.

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colorful kids room
David A. Land
Reupholster Furniture to Give It New Life

"Clashing is fun, and throwing patterns together is easy," says designer Fawn Gali. The trundle bed in this teenager's room is from RHTeen, but it's given a personal twist with new upholstery in a cheeky fabric. The glossy white egg chair adds a crisp pop.

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neutral bunk bed ideas
Studio McGee
Turn It Into a Bunk Room

When you have the space for it, why not build more bunk beds? The more, the merrier. Rather than just putting two queen beds in the guest room, added twin bunks crossing overhead to maximize sleep space.

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teenage girl bedroom ideas
Tessa Neustadt
Make It Versatile

Designed by the queen of boho-cool, Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, this five-year-old's bedroom probably feels like a palace to its inhabitant. "I get in a time machine, think like a kid again, and pull in all the fun patterns and textures," the designer says. Exhibit A: the wallpapered ceiling cocooning the room.

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kids bunk bed ideas
Trevor Tondro
Balance Fun and Tradition

Primary colors! Hand-painted details! Statement chandeliers! This bunk room designed by is full of circus-like whimsy and vibrant energy.

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contemporary kids room ideas
PHOTO: Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design
Hand a Chair

Designed by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design, this little refuge exudes a quiet cheer. The soft, pleasant colors are unexpected in a kid's room, but the playful motifs, shapely daybed, and hanging chair add a fun, kid-friendly vibe.

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teen bedroom ideas
Genevieve Garruppo
Paint the Walls a Fun but Versatile Color

"Less conventional than your typical navy, this striking green plays well with blue, red, gray, black, and even wood tones, making it the perfect accent color for a bedroom that can easily grow with its inhabitant," says designer Emily C. Butler.

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decorating ideas for teenagers
Arent & Pyke
Anchor the Room With a Statement

With subtle nods to the whimsy of Candyland, this bedroom is the perfect transitional refuge for a child. Arent & Pyke chose a fun, colorful headboard to anchor the room and surge it with energy without veering on kitsch or relying on an overt theme.

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unique kids rooms
Nicole Hollis Studio
Make It Multi-Purpose

Fair warning: Don't copy this look from NICOLEHOLLIS if you ever want your teenager to leave their room and join the rest of the family in the common spaces. It has everything they could ever need, from a study spot with a retractable desk (easy space-saving solution!) to a comfy hanging chair, and a cozy bed. The raised bed and reading nook create an illusion of separation, really making the most out of one bedroom.

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home climbing wall for kids
Sara Tramp
Channel Their Favorite Activity

Designed by Emily Henderson, this kid's nature-inspired bedroom doubles as a playroom. The climbing wall is the obvious highlight. The neutral tones ensure a more stylish aesthetic and the strategically-placed floor cushions lighten things up. There's also a canopy over the bed evocative of a tent, so the room really feels like a camping experience.

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playroom ideas
Emery Davis
Customize Details

In this adorable room designed by Mia Brous and Kerri Goldfarb of , everything feels as unique as it does functional (not always the easiest balance to strike!). The stool makes lounging more comfy, but it also adds a fun personal touch with the child's name on it. We're also loving the color scheme in this room. Their clients wanted a happy bright space, so the designers "decided to go bold with coral. Orange undertones keep it from veering too pink."

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canopy bed ideas
LUKE WHITE
Play With Prints

In this boy's bedroom designed by Barry Dixon, the various prints bring intrigue to the calming blue tones used throughout. The canopies above the twin beds were inspired by his love of camping, infusing the decor with more meaning.

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creative kids room ideas
Mike Garten
Create a Strategic Layout

Just because you don't have a giant space doesn't mean there isn't room for play—it's all about using space strategically. In this manhattan apartment, Studio DB went vertical to create a play-pen-meets-bed above a desk, which the child can use as a hang out spot or reading nook when they're older. The pocket door also makes the tiny room feel like double the size.

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kids room storage ideas
Arent & Pyke
Get Creative With Storage

This bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke takes advantage of every storage opportunity, from the platform bed with built-in drawers to a colorful wall cubby. The little sitting nook at the end of the bed gives the occupant a place to hang out other than the bed without adding a bulky sitting area in the small room.

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Reed Davis
Make Reading Time Fun

This little library of books with a cozy built-in daybed is sure to raise a bookworm. The curtains make it feel like a little nest and add a nice sense of privacy, which is perfect in a room siblings share.

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Studio DB
Include Grown-Up Touches

In this girl's bedroom designed by Studio DB, the whimsical pastel wallpaper, colorful catch-alls, spirited school banner on the wall speak to the occupants personal style. The tiered chandelier, stool, pendant, mirror, and vanity also feel fresh and youthful, but will last beyond those teenage years.

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twin bed ideas
Jorge Gera
Keep It Traditional

"We energized a kids' room with a trio of island beds from Maine Cottage in a juicy red. Paired with walls in an easy-to-use blue with gray undertones, it's a perfect blend of comforting and cozy," says designer Tom Stringer.

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full bed bunkbed ideas
Amber Interiors
Strive for Longevity

This bedroom designed by is going to age well over the years. With a full size bottom bunk and twin on top, this is a bed that a child can grow into as they get older. The larger size makes it feel more spacious and mature, while the soft colors and room for playing make the bedroom feel youthful.

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