Achieving that sweet spot of storage and style is possible in any child’s space with enough planning and inspiration. Whether your little one wants to reach for the stars or is content with tummy time for now, we’ve got small kids room design ideas that are both small space friendly and stylish.
Going with brighter neutrals (like warmer gray and taupe shades) opens up your nursery space makes the room feel bigger. Rather than just painting a wall a solid color, use painter’s tape to make stripes or triangles like the above picture for something truly eye-catching.
Since your little one most likely isn’t big enough to have an elevated bed that requires a staircase (the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no children under 6 should sleep in a loft bed or upper bunk), make sure you utilize the walls for extra storage. Use wall shelves, cubbies and other kids organizers to keep everything clean–and place other keepsakes higher than your toddler can climb so they remain safe.
Transforming your child’s closet into a storage hub for clothes, books and toys is the perfect way to maximize the space (especially if room is limited). Keep out of season clothes tucked away in a bin or cubby and hang any jackets or dresses on hangers. The less there is to fold, the better!
In small spaces, every square inch is a precious resource that cannot be wasted! Case in point: the back of your door and the wall space behind. They’re both handy places to stow away extra toys, towels, books and other commonly used items.
This is especially important for babies transitioning into toddler beds–you want a place they’ll feel safe and secure. Push the bed against the wall so there’s fewer sides they can risk falling or hurting themselves. Although most toddler beds come with rails, some small children can get inspired to climb, so it’s important to be mindful.
Brighten up your little one’s room with a mix of vibrant and soft colors–not only do they complement and present as very eye-catching, but there are so many ways you can play with color: picture frames, wall art and bedding are a few that come to mind. Accenting with a bright color can make the room seem bigger and livelier. You can also color code bins so your child can start learning cleanup early and know where things go.
Feeling inspired yet? Creating a space that encourages kids to dream and imagine bigger is something they’ll always appreciate –now and in the years to come. Check out our website and Pinterest to get more small kids room design ideas. We’d love to see how you end up decorating your little one’s space–feel free to use the hashtag #MyAshleyHome on Instagram for a chance to be featured!
Setting up a nursery is one of the many exciting things you’ll do in preparation for baby. That said, picking a theme can feel overwhelming with the thousands of options out there, so we’ve narrowed down some of the most stylish and practical finds for baby’s new space.
The nursery is, after all, where you both will be spending a lot of time bonding, so why not make it a space you’ll love? Forget traditional “pink or blue” themes–there’s a variety of fun color palettes and patterns you can explore! Make it special; they’ll only be this small once.
Simply follow our essentials checklist for the nursery, and the rest is completely up to you to customize and decorate!
But First: Nursery Essentials
You can embellish and decorate to your heart’s content–but make sure you have day-to-day necessities close-by and organized for ease of access. Check that you have the following:
Crib: The only area you’ll be leaving your baby alone for the first few months, the crib is arguably your most important purchase in the nursery. Take the time to research and ensure baby’s crib meets all safety standards (check out our crib buying guide for more info)
Changing table: You’ll want to have all the essentials at-the-ready at your changing table, because things can quickly get messy. Keep diapers, baby powder, rash creams, and burp cloths and towels nearby in case of an accident. The less you have to lean or dig for something, the better! You’re going to have your hands full as it is.
Plenty of storage: Giving everything a “home” in your nursery is vital for organization. Whether it’s wall shelves or cubes with extra bins, you’ll feel much better being able to tuck clothes and toys away when they’re not being used. Consider labeling your compartments–it’ll help you later when you’re sleep deprived.
A nursery chair: Sometimes baby is going to have a hard time sleeping, so having a chair to rock him or her to sleep and nurse them in is a must-have. Just be sure you also don’t fall asleep with them, as that can be a safety hazard.
Now that all your essentials are out of the way, it’s time for the fun part–decorating!
#1: Neutral Nuance
Gray is a popular neutral and very fashionable by today’s standards. Not only that, it’s also the perfect color scheme if you prefer a gender-neutral nursery. The relaxing hues are sure to keep you and baby feeling soothed and calm.
#2: Colored/Patterned Ceilings
If you’re worried about too much color on your walls, then a colored or patterned ceiling is a perfect alternative. Add a bold shade or an accent pattern that complements a rug or ottoman like the image above. A vibrant nursery can make a happy nursery!
#3: Monogram Your Newborn’s Initials
Pay homage to your baby’s name by placing their initials upon the wall. Whether you choose a fancy script or big, block letters, it’s sure to be a fun decoration piece in the nursery. Experiment with colors, materials and even patterns in the initials for a pop of excitement.
#4: Use Decals or Wallpaper
Going with a specific theme in the nursery means you have a lot to play with, including wood panel decals and wallpaper! Pick a print that encourages curiosity and exploration in your little one. You’ll also want to make sure it’s something you don’t mind looking at, either. Many places have easy stick-on and removable decals and wallpaper, so you can replace once they’re older and want a different look.
#5: Add Nature Elements
It’s amazing how greenery can add such an inviting and lively element to a nursery. Those looking for real plants can go with child and pet safe options such as a spider plant or jade plant–which are also conveniently easy to care for. If your green thumb is lacking, though, faux plants are just as beautiful and feel right at home with a forest, tree or animal theme.
#6: Add an Eye-Catching Mobile
Keep baby entertained in the crib or at the changing table. The fun shapes and subtle movement of a mobile bring a sense of magic to the nursery. Just make sure the bottom hangs around 16 inches above the crib mattress surface and the strings don’t exceed seven inches for safety reasons. Newborns have a line of sight 8-12 inches, so positioning it too high means they won’t get to truly enjoy it.
#7: Explore Rugs
Give your baby a comfortable place to crawl and have tummy time–while also accentuating style. Rugs integrate texture and interest into any space; all you need to do is unroll and enjoy. Just clean regularly so when it’s time for your little one to explore, they don’t get a mouthful of hair or lint.
#8: Use Blackout Shades or Dimmer Lights
It’s been proven that babies need darkness to sleep–so using blackout curtains or shades can be integral to helping them take daytime naps. There are a variety of styles to choose from, and it’ll help them feel comforted and sleep better. Another option to help them get in the mindset of bed is to use a dimmer switch before bed. All babies are different, but it’s important to regulate their circadian rhythm and put them to bed and wake them up around the same time every day.
#9: Include Things They’ll Grow Into
Your little one is going to grow up quickly (almost too quickly). To help their developing minds, it’s important to have things they can easily transition into, such as a cute chair like the picture above or a pouf that they can sit on as toddlers and play tea with, for example. Transitional pieces such as crib-to-bed models also help ease the financial burden of constantly buying new furniture every few years as they grow out of cribs and toddler beds.
#10: Personal Items for Design Flavor
Whether it’s a personal keepsake for baby or grandma’s hand-stitched blanket that’s been passed down, decorating with something personal gives the nursery homey charm and a sense of identity. You can even use this item as inspiration for the entire nursery theme–it’s entirely up to you!
We hope you found this blog useful as you decide on the perfect nursery theme for your family. Have any cute nursery pictures you’d like to share with us? Make sure you follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag #MyAshleyHome to display your gorgeous space to the world!
Impressing us left and right, Natalie Thompson from Deeply Distressed is at it again with her stellar design skills. This time, however, she enlisted the aid of her daughter Endia, and turned her latest project into a bonding moment. The mother/daughter team sought out colors, chose stylish furniture, and not only designed a chic, functional new space, but they created great memories as well.
As you can tell by her Instagram username, “PreppyBohemianAtHome”, for Amber Shirley, boho is the only way to go – even in her son, Rylan’s bedroom. But she discovered that creating a “fashionable” boy’s room can be a tricky task when it’s video games and sports that take top priority for him. Thankfully her little man’s lack of interest in a stylish room couldn’t stop her from creating a space that’s infused with boho chic, yet still meets his demands for fun.
Ashley HomeStore style influencer and artist/blogger, Robin Long (aka, Coastal Crafty Mama) is short on patience. Robin will update a room and within a few months be ready for something new. But when it came to sprucing up the bedrooms for her three children, Robin was determined to think long term—establishing looks that her kids can appreciate today and tomorrow. Rather than go overboard with “theme-focused” kids rooms, Robin chose to focus on finishing touches to create chic, cozy retreats kids of any age would be proud to call their own.
If you’re a parent, you know just how important a good night’s sleep is for children. A lack of quality sleep can bring out problems at school and at home. We’ve crafted a handy guide that details everything you need to know about children’s sleep. From how to make the nightly bed time routine a breeze, to choosing the mattress that’s best for their growing bodies, it’s all right here.
If you’re looking for kids wall decorating ideas to infuse some personality into your little ones’ bedrooms, you’ve come to the right place. No matter what type of design you’re seeking, you’ll find kids wall decorating ideas sure to inspire big dreams.
Rest assured, these wall designs for kids rooms are fun, budget-friendly and stylish, so you don’t have to compromise on quality. Whether it’s a starry night they’re seeking, or fun girly-girl flair, you’re sure to find inspiration for boys, girls and all age groups with this array of ideas.
That time you’re expecting a new life into the world is special, and part of the joy is creating a space for your infant that’s as imaginative and homey as possible. Don’t hold back on vibrant colors and whimsical themes.
Here are some fun ideas for crafting a nursery that your newborn will feel right at home in:
Under the Sea
Dive below the surface to give your nursery wall decor an exciting — yet relaxing — splash of cool ocean blue.
These underwater creatures are sure to add colorful life and flair into any nursery. Place the canvas art for kids rooms side-by-side, or play with spacing and angles to achieve your desired look.
Beautify your little one’s room with a cascading array of the moon and stars. It’s perfect for girls and boys room wall decor. Many craft supply stores sell an additive to paint that makes it glow in the dark at night, while looking normal during the day as it absorbs light. Painting a starscape on the ceiling is the perfect nightlight for a nursery. Not only that, but it helps maintain a dim glow when you need to check on them at night. No stubbing your toe or tripping on a toy.
If you’re not on board painting, then opt for some glow-in-the-dark kids room wall decals.
Having your kid’s name above the crib (or somewhere in the room) solidifies it as their personal space—even if they don’t yet realize it. Plus, it’s also a stylish focal point when entering the nursery.
Play around with textures, colors and font for limitless options to make it magical.
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Drapery can add an upscale, classy look to your nursery that’s delicately sweet.
So, your baby’s now walking and the reign of terror on your home has begun. How do you decorate a space when the primary objective of your little one is to experiment? By channeling that creativity into something productive, of course.
Girly Canvas Art
Girls room wall decor can be brilliantly bold, and full of girly-girl excitement. After all, they’re toddlers, and the sky’s the limit. If her favorite color is pink, take hold of that, and don’t be afraid to hang up vibrant art that reflects her taste.
Check out our room tour with Carson for more inspiration for toddlers and young girls.
#2: Don’t Ruin Your Walls—Use Fun Growth Charts Decals
Watching them grow is so much fun. Instead of marking your wall, growth chart wall decals in a kid’s room give them a way to measure and track every new inch. Plus, because you can save the decals, it can be a memory to treasure long after they’ve grown tall and that room is painted.
One thing’s for sure—this chart will show you they definitely grow up too fast.
#3: Create Mini Art Galleries
Make a gallery wall with a mix of kid’s art, family photos and other mementos.
Installing wall shelves is an attractive and practical way for your kids to show off keepsakes. As an added bonus, the shelves provide a space for all those toys, books and other items and keep them off the floor.
#5: Chalkboard Paint
In recent years, painting walls with chalkboard paint has become trendy, especially in a kid’s room. No idea is too big with a stick of chalk and an endless imagination, and clean up is easy.
Credit: Apartment Therapy
Teen Room Wall Decor Ideas
You’ll see your kid making some big changes during their teenage years. They’ll be exploring their identity and trying different styles that will surely be reflected in their bedroom. It can still be a chic destination after school, though, by adding appropriate teen room wall decor.
#1: Make Bold Statements
Bold statements on the walls mixed with fun, quirky art can empower your future girl-boss with a strong sense of self-esteem and self-worth.
#2: Showcase Their Favorite Sport With Street Art
If your teenager has a penchant for sports, what better way to express that than with some fun canvas art? No matter what their go-to activity is, these action shots will surely inspire them to keep moving.
#3: Display Photos With Peel-and-Stick Cork
Go to your local craft store, and pick up peel-and-stick cork. Cut it into any shape and apply it to the wall for a quick and creative DIY. Use it to pin photos, reminders, to-do lists and so much more.
#4: Hang a DIY Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatchers are a stylish way to embody happy sleep and general feel-good vibes. They’re relatively easy to make, so whether you or your teen would like to create one, it’s a trendy decor item they’ll love.
#5: Fairy Lights to Inspire and Set an Ambient Glow
Stringing fairy lights over your teen’s bed is a gorgeous complement to their decor. Along the lights, they can use clothespins to hang polaroids to showcase great memories, too.
As fun and exciting as it can be to watch your kids grow, it’s a challenge to design bedrooms that grow along with them. Creating exciting wall designs for kids rooms are fun, cost effective ways to refresh their rooms, no matter what their ages. Which of these kids wall decorating ideas are your favorite? Do you have a room you’d like to share? Let us know by using the hashtag #MyAshleyHome for a chance to be featured.
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Having a space of your own is great—but sharing a bedroom with a sibling can be one of the greatest joys of childhood. There’s always a friend close by, secret forts to build together, late-night giggles and of course, occasional squabbles to be worked out, creating cherished memories years down the road.
Although a shared kid’s room isn’t uncommon, the concept can stump parents who want to ensure a space that works for each child’s personal needs. How do you begin choosing a theme that a girl and boy would both love? What layout works best for children with an age gap? And how do you make the most of the square footage you’re dealt with?
Whatever scenario your family might fall under, we have tons of inspirational ideas, visual cues and tips to guide you along the way.
The Classic Duo
It’s the tried and true layout, and we love how this Ashley fan gave it a customized feel with nameplates above the headboard. It gives each child a sense of individual space, even if their bedspreads are matchy-matchy.
If storage isn’t an issue, consider a fun play area in between two beds. A charming tepee is the perfect little hideout during playtime.
Storage tip: Depending on the bedroom size you’re working with, try sliding a dresser in between the beds for extra storage space. This option offers much more vertical space than two short nightstands would.
This is the layout for you if…your children are around the same age, or if you want to create an environment with lots of opportunity to bond.
Practical Demi-Room Divider
Open shelving creates divided personal space without compromising an open-concept flow. If open-shelving isn’t an option and you have a traditional closed back bookcase, no worries. One child will be able to use the practical shelves and the other can admire a faux accent wall that perfectly expresses their style. Simply cover the backside with wallpaper of their choice to turn a simple bookcase into artful furnishing. They can even take their personal style a step further by adding pieces of art or posters to their new customized accent wall.
Mounting these bookcases to the wall is advisable to eliminate some safety concerns. However, the concept is best suited for older children and you may want to consider another layout for younger or more rambunctious children that are tempted to climb shelves.
This layout is for you if…you have an older child who wants their own personal downtime, or if you want to divide up the interior decorations (for example, blue walls on one side, pink walls on the other side).
Bunk beds fit the bill if floor space is limited. And if you’re worried about your little ones fighting over the top bunk, don’t worry. These contemporary options are so stylish, they’ll love tucking into either bunk.
Space-saving tip: Multi-functional furniture is your best friend when you’re tight on floor space. An ottoman bench with underlying storage or storage bed frame will help free up room. Other pieces, like desk hutches instead of additional bookcases take up vertical space instead of floor space.
This is the layout for you if…you have a smaller space to work with, or if your kids need the extra room to run and play.
A loft-style bed will make your kids feel like they have their own personal castle. With a staircase leading up to a dreamy sanctuary, how could one feel otherwise?
Storage tip: If you prefer toys neatly concealed, use colorful storage bins that slide into the bed’s cubbies. They keep loose items tidy while adding a playful punch of color.
This is the layout for you if…storage space is a big priority.
There’s so many ways to play with this versatile option. Set two beds with built-in trundles underneath in a side-by-side layout for maximum bedding. This is the perfect solution for when the amount of children in a household greatly outnumber the amount of rooms, or for kids who love inviting their friends for sleepovers. This idea provides four cozy beds while only taking up the space of two when not in use during the day.
If sleepovers aren’t frequent and you only need to design for two kids to a room, then decorating with just one trundle bed frees up lots of room for storage, desks and play space.
Storage tip: To maximize on space efficiency, consider a trundle bed that also offers under-bed storage. TheLulu trundle bedOpens in a new windowconveniently offers space for a mattress and built-in storage drawers. Talk about resourceful.
This is the layout for you if…need more than two mattresses in a room, or if you’re working with smaller square footage.
And there you have it—tons of ways to create a shared bedroom without skimping on style. How do you plan to design your kid’s room? Make sure to share a picture with the hashtag #MyAshleyHome. We’d love to see!