Tips to Designing a Kids Room

As our kids grow so must the design of their room grow. With Charlie girl is quickly approaching 3 years old and we recently were gifted a queen size bed for her room. With the need for new bedding it only made since to give her room a refresh. As I've been beginning to plan out the updates we'll be making, I thought I'd share my tips to designing a kids room.

1. Storage

Design by Studio McGee

Design by Studio McGee

Hate to point out the obvious but kids have a lot of stuff! Despite trying not to spoil our children we can't help when friends and family generously gift them with odds and ends. Without organization and structure a kids room can remain a disaster day-after-day. Be purposeful with your design and plan your design around needs of storage; but remember, organization never means the design has to be put on the back burner. Don't make the fatal mistake of allowing your design to be ruined by disorganization. 

2. Whimsy

Design by Bailey McCarthy

Design by Bailey McCarthy

Find sophisticated ways to add a touch of whimsy to the room. A kids room doesn't have to be "Themed" in order to feel like a kid lives there. Be intentional with the selections you choose, ensuring there are playful elements to the space. You may want to begin with a neutral pallet, then find ways to include subtle color. Consider finding a fabric that has childlike characteristics too it. Don't be afraid to add sophisticated elements in lighting fixtures or accessories. Sophistication doesn't mean it can't also be child friendly.

3. Mix Patterns

Design by Monika Hibbs

Design by Monika Hibbs

We whole heartedly believe in mixing patterns in pretty much every space but especially kids rooms. It can be such a easy way to add a youthful touch. Mixing patterns adds dimension and character to any room. Yes, for some it doesn't come so easily to but one of the biggest keys is balancing the shapes and size of shapes so the two patterns are not competing but complimenting.

4. Play and rest space

Design by Crowell + Co. Interiors

Design by Crowell + Co. Interiors

A kids room is one space in the house they really can call their own. This should be where they can go to retreat, relax and recover while also being a space they can play and be creative. Providing kids with the ability to do both in their room can be done no matter the size of the space. Whether you've added a teepee, mini table and chairs or a swing there should be elements that encourage their playful spirits and imaginations.

5. Window Coverings

Design by Studio McGee

Design by Studio McGee

Don't forget the window coverings! No, we're not just talking about black out shades to give you parents an extra hour or two of the kids sleeping. While that may be lovely, this is a detail that should not be forgotten. Window coverings always help make any space feel complete. Drapes may not be the route you chose but don't just stick with your wooden blinds. Use roman shades to add that additional element of style while not having to worry about your child swinging like Tarzan from the floor to ceiling curtains.

What are some struggles you run into when designing your kids rooms? We'd love to hear! Comment below.