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12 Cool Ideas for Children’s Bedrooms

12 Cool Children's Bedrooms

There’s something so endearing about kids’ bedrooms, don’t you think? They’re literally the place where childhood dreams take form. With goldfish wallpaper and Ikea bunk beds, these 12 rooms from our house tours are full of great ideas. Take a peek…

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Pick a theme for artwork. “I get art from 20×200, which sells affordable prints,” says Yen Ha. “If you want to do all animals or transportation, you can buy different styles and put them all together. We have a lot of baseball prints!”

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Create a peaceful place (even for you). “We wanted a soft, simple atmosphere for the girls,” says Morgane Sézalory in Paris. “That way, they feel peace and we feel peace. When we’re in the kids’ room, we feel like we’re in another world.”

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Gather vintage pieces or hand-me-downs you love. “The baby’s room is full of vintage stuff inherited from my husband’s family. The white horse came from his late aunt. She was a pediatrician and had a little menagerie in her waiting room. I like knowing that so many children have enjoyed it,” says Darya Kopp.

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

The more, the merrier. “I know River and Oak will eventually want their own space, but right now they love sharing. Whenever one of them is in my bed, the other one will be like, ‘I want you to come back!’” says LaTonya Yvette.

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Add a little magic. “I gave my daughter a fairy door as a gift. It doesn’t open, but sometimes at night a fairy will ‘come through’ the door and leave handwritten notes. It’s fun to see her sense of wonderment,” says Heather Palmeri.

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Embrace Ikea. “The boys constantly draw and put stickers on their bunk bed. That’s the beauty of an Ikea bed,” says Gisela Gueiros. “And our Ikea armchair had a weird pattern, so I got it reupholstered with a Mexican blanket.”

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Consider fun instruments. “Both boys take piano lessons,” says Gisela Gueiros. “Since it’s an electric piano, you can turn it into drumming sounds or water sounds, so of course that’s what they do. You never actually hear the piano. It’s always ‘wah wah wah.'”

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Fill the room with favorite books. “When I found out I was pregnant, the first thing I bought were copies of my beloved childhood books. We read a lot of William Steig. And Julia Donaldson. As for me, I read a lot of non-fiction for work, but I just finished The Mothers and After Birth. I recommend them to all my friends who are having a hard time. I had postpartum depression, and when you read it in novel form, you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m not alone,’” says Miriam McKenna in Denmark.

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Let kids decorate. “Eleanor’s room is all her. She chose the bed frame and even added the disco ball in the window. The fairy lights are from the holidays, but she didn’t want to take them down,” says Kristen Mittler in Ohio.

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Maps inspire wanderlust. “I grew up in a small town in Utah, but my dad wanted us to have a bigger worldview. So, he wallpapered a map onto one of our living room walls,” says San Francisco-based Jordan Ferney. “After I had my own kids, I saw this map, and I was immediately like, ‘That’s going on the wall!'”

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Embrace what your family loves. “We’re really into national parks. We took our daughter to the Grand Canyon when she was four months old,” says Alan Harris in Brooklyn. “So, I painted mountains onto her bedroom wall. I plotted out the points mathematically and took thumbtacks and yarn and taped it all. We went to Home Depot and found the paint, and did it up!”

Cup of Jo house tours: 12 best nurseries

Choose soft rugs. “The mishmash of layered rugs piled in Cleo’s room are there out of necessity. We have the squeakiest house in the world. You have to do ninja moves to get out of the room when she’s asleep,” says Sarah Storella in New Hampshire.

Any other fun ideas?

P.S. 11 cool ways to hang family photos, and our own Brooklyn family apartment.

(Top photo by Freya McOmish of Miriam McKenna’s house tour in Copenhagen.)

  1. Emily says...

    Hi Jo! Can you post links to where the beds in these 12 photos are available besides the ikea one? Thanks :)

  2. Kelley says...

    Hi! Love this post. Is there an available source for the curtains in image #4? They are so beautiful! Thank you for your time.

  3. Kelley says...

    Loved this post! Is any source available for the yellow curtains in image four? They are so bold and wonderful! Such a beautiful addition! Thank you!

  4. Emily says...

    I love these, so magical and cozy and capture the wonderment of childhood. I want to know more about the (hand-drawn?) yale tennis match poster in Guisela’s room? Was that an official poster or something someone made? I love it!

  5. Frankie Rose says...

    Absolutely love this post! Would love to see even more house tours and kids rooms. Thank you!

  6. Lovely rooms, definitely inspiring ones! Thanks for sharing! Carolina at Ironmongery Experts.

  7. Calla Martyn says...

    I love that Sutro tower coat rack in Jordan’s room! Any idea where it is from?

  8. Denise says...

    I love the map idea. Would it be too much to put a map on my own bedroom wall I wonder?

  9. This is so great! Super helpful. We’re making our little guy’s room more “kid” and less “toddler.” I love the map idea. We have the convertible Ikea bunk and he’s now using the bottom as his clubhouse.
    We’re also moving the artwork around and I’m debating whether to get this for our miniature Dylan fan – https://www.miltonglaser.com/store/c:posters/824/dylan-reproduction-2008/

  10. Nade says...

    The tiny door for a fairy to come in stole my heart

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      <3

  11. Jess says...

    I love the rugs in the featured photos. Where do people find such great rugs? Any suggestions?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ve had good luck with loloi and lulu and georgia. xoxo

    • Jess says...

      Thank you!

  12. Meg says...

    Just a note that if you live in certain areas of the country, those nets of stuffed animals–particularly if the stuffed animals remain undisturbed–can quickly become spider havens. I’m still somewhat traumatized by an incident when I was a kid: I retrieved a stuffed animal from the corner net and found a big ol’ hairy spider instead! Lots of screaming.

  13. Christie says...

    I’m struggling to find inspiration for tween rooms lately… my daughter is 8 and is at the age of wanting a desk and bookshelves but also still playing with toys. I have no idea how to organise all of that into her room and I find most inspiration online is for nurseries or toddlers.

    • Rebecca says...

      Hi Christie,
      I haven’t really figured out how to organize my kids’ stuff, but two furniture items that have helped in my 7 year old daughter’s room (and that I think/hope she’ll continue to grow into):
      Ikea Fjalkinge with drawers: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19931865/
      Right now we have this set up with three shelves on top, then two drawers, then shelf on the bottom. She has toys and books on the shelves. I figure when she’s bigger we’ll put drawers on the bottom too, as she’ll have more/bigger clothes.

      A leaning wall desk! E.g., the Crate and Barrel Sawyer desk. At least in our area (Boston), desks like this are on craigslist all the time — we got a very nice Pottery Barn one for her for $50. (Her sister has a hand-me down CB2 helix desk, which we also like.) Great b/c they don’t take up too much space. (Also great if, like us, you are working around baseboard heaters.) We let her pick out an Anthro Tamsin chair to go with the desk which is cute and whimsical but I am hoping will also age well. They have a bunch of patterns – here’s one: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/eliana-tamsin-dining-chair?category=furniture-kitchen-dining-chairs&color=041
      Anyway, she’s pretty pleased with her room, at least for the moment. Good luck!

  14. Ida says...

    If it`s possible, let the kids choose the color of the floor! It`s easy to paint over the next year, so they can change into different color every year. Floors are easier to color then walls, and it makes a lot of difference!

  15. Not sure if this is what she’s going for, but have you considered decals? A lot of them can get cheesy, but I had great success with both of my nurseries and toddlers’ rooms with Little Lion Studio – simple, modern, beautiful designs. You can choose from their colorways, or you can completely customize the colors. Application is pretty easy. The decals will stay put for years, but you can pull them off in seconds without harming the paint – and they’re reusable if you remove them carefully. http://littlelionstudio.com/so-much-love-custom-colors/

  16. Olivia says...

    I’m having the best time with making our daughters nursery. It’s just gorgeous and makes me feel so calm, I hope it does the same for her. The color is similar to the background when Joanna comments. (Benjamin Moore Queen Anne Pink)…like a tanish-peachy-light pink. No pepto. Brings me joy. 2 weeks til baby day!

  17. Emily says...

    Any good ideas for removable, but maybe a little designy, kid’s wallpaper? My daughter has been begging for “tons of pink hearts” in the form of wallpaper and I just know in about two years she will outgrow it! I somewhat eerily asked for the same thing — literally same theme and color — at her age, and my parents made me stick with it until about age 17. I hated it and covered it in Rolling Stone Magazine photos of Kurt Cobain in 7th grade!

  18. Hi!
    Where is the bunk bed in the 2nd photo from? It looks like it could eventually become two beds which is just what I’ve been searching for….
    Thanks!

  19. Jen says...

    Beautiful rooms! Does anyone have a suggestion for 4 year old’s bedding? I’m still layering on 3-5 crib quilts every evening. Seems it is time to upgrade to a comforter, duvet, other?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Maybe a twin duvet could work? And I love the duvet covers from Lewis. Xo

    • Hanna says...

      When my twins were around that age we bought a twin duvet, cut it in half, and hemmed it into two separate duvets. It was perfect. The boys are almost 10 now, but the half-duvets are still in heavy circulation for couch and arm chair snuggling, or an extra bedding layer.

    • Nina says...

      I love the ones from Target, they have such cute woodland creatures. Look how cute this is – https://www.target.com/p/dream-factory-woodland-friends-mini-bed-in-a-bag-mint-twin/-/A-18846988.

      I can’t say anything about quality or feel but they are oh so cute.

      I’ve also really liked Ikea. The quality is fine, the feel is fine, and the price let’s you change it when your child wants something different. This one is so sweet – https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90423694/

    • Amanda says...

      Our girls are in a bunk bed, so I recently discovered Beddy’s. It’s the only solution for us that truly works for ensuring our daughters can quickly and easily make a bed. They have been a lifesaver and my girls love the inside minky blankets!

    • Jen says...

      Thanks so much for the ideas! I had been considering a Pendleton-type thick wool blanket but duvets are pretty dreamy. Those Beddy’s seem great for bunks!
      Hanna- did you make covers for your split duvet? I may try that idea but I keep imagining cutting it in half and all of the feathers exploding out and filling the air! Haha

    • CJ says...

      We got a few really cute duvet covers from Ikea and we rotate them. Then I bought in inexpensive washable insert- also Ikea. The patterns are whimsical without being obnoxious (Disney etc) as there are plenty of years for that commercialized stuff!

      My 4 year old still loves his dream blanket from Aden+Anais- I swear it will last forever they are so well made. It will get too small for him eventually but I think it’s a great investment to put at the end of a bed because the patterns are so fun.

  20. Allison says...

    I love this, thanks for posting! I’m trying to wrap my head around designing a nursery for the first time and everything I see is so stark, neutral and dove grey. I love the idea of a children’s room looking like a true children’s space, bright, playful, and lived in!

    • Jo says...

      I love the nurseries from old classics like Mary Poppins and Winnie the Poo. Also if you search Victoria Roper Curzon on Instagram she has the best kids rooms in her London house and her rental cottage (@eatmedrinkmecottage)

  21. Whaaaaat is the dealio with that Yale tennis poster above the electric piano? So güt. Gotta know more.

    ; )

    • Joha says...

      you may want to google-image search it since the photos on the IKEA website aren’t the best. Also it can fit WAY more toys than the online photos suggest. My sisters both had theirs packed to the gills.

  22. Emily says...

    Any good ideas for storing/ displaying a big stuffed animal collection? We have them in bins now but would love to be able to see them all when not being played with!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a good question! what about putting them on a bookshelf? then you could see them all but keep them organized.

    • A says...

      Emily, when my sister and I were growing up, we had shelves lining two walls near the ceiling, similar to the photo of the light pink nursery above, that housed our stuffed animals for display. Since they were out of the way, they didn’t feel as childish as I got older, and I had mine up until after I left for college!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Growing up, I was pretty jealous of the kids who had stuffed animal hammocks. It’s a very 80s/90s solution, but you can see all of them and they’re up off the ground!

    • Ani says...

      When I was a kid, I had my stuffed animals in a hammock in the corner above my bed!

    • Bethany says...
    • Celeste says...

      Pet Nets hang in the corner of the room.

    • Jen says...

      We keep my 2 year old’s stuffies in his old cradle which resides in a sunlit corner in his room. I will need a new display when he gets older but for now it makes me so happy to see his bright, woven cradle filled with his stuffed friends :)

      His 4 year old brother was gifted a storage bin personalized with his name. It holds all of his animals perfectly.

      https://www.3sprouts.com/collections/storage-bins

    • Nancy says...

      We got what’s basically a bean bag without the stuffing that you fill with stuffed animals (google stuffed animal bean bag and a ton of options pop up). It looks like a bean bag and about 80% of the time it just sits in the corner and my kids use it as a chair to read. Whenever they want a stuffed animal they can unzip it and get them out. It can hold a surprising number of animals and keeps the room looking orderly.

    • Jess says...

      I recently hung a shoe organizer with the clear pouches on the outside of the closet in the kids room and stuffed all the smaller stuffies in there. Bonus- it acts as decor and makes it more of a game to put them all away! My daughter loves rearranging them so they can be next to their best friends :)