Kids room design - The art of creating a space for little dreamers

Designing a kids’ room is a delightful journey that involves creating a space where your child can learn, play, and grow.
To help you get started, I’ll break down the process into my 5+1 design method:
from assessing your child’s needs to finding a style that reflects their personality, creating a functional layout, choosing the right furniture and materials, optimizing lighting, and adding the finishing touches.
Let’s dive in and transform your child’s room into a place for creativity and comfort.

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Kids room design

Hi, I’m Nadine

Interior design expert, globetrotter and the creative mind behind this blog and NH.DESIGN.

I’m originally from Germany but have been living abroad for over 10 years, from Canada and the UK to Sweden.

So I ask myself the question what “home” means every day.
I have made it my mission to help as many people as possible to find their own answer to this.

Join my creative world on Instagram @nhdotdesign or find out more about me

Step 1: Needs analysis - Tailor the space to your kids age and capabilities, and how it should grow with them

First things first: before you dive into the fun design part and start looking for inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram, take a moment to think what your kid actually needs in their space.

Things like a bed, wardrobe and play area may be easy to think of, but what about considering how the room should change as your kid grows?

Start by thinking about the needs your little one has now, but also what they may need and want when they grow older. Younger children often require more play space, while older kids might need a quiet study area for homework and projects.

Also think about your kids individual capabilities, and how you want them to use the space (or how you want to use the room with them, too).

Does your child get dressed by themselves, or do they need help?

How tall are they, and what should be within reach vs outside their reach?

Will you help them tidy up the room every day, or do you want to teach them to do it themselves with smart, kid-friendly systems?

All these things should be thought of before you start diving into the pretty design part.

Kids grow up faster than you might expect. To ensure your room design stands the test of time, think long term. Invest in modular furniture and versatile decor that can adapt to your child’s changing interests and requirements. This way, you won’t have to overhaul the entire room every few years, saving you time and money.

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Pro tip:

Take your child's age and capabilities into account and make sure the room adapts to their changing needs.

Nadine, founder of Malmö-based interior design studio NH.DESIGN.

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    Step 2: Discover your style - Infusing personality into your kids room design

    The next step in creating a dreamy kids’ room is finding a style that resonates with your child’s personality and preferences (and yours, too).

    Fun themes for your kids room

    Kids love imaginative themes, so consider incorporating them into the room’s design.
    Whether it’s a cosmic adventure, a jungle safari, or a fairy tale wonderland, your child’s interests can guide you in choosing a theme that ignites their creativity and sparks their imagination.

    Create a cohesive colour palette when designing your kids’ room

    The colour palette you select plays an important role in setting the tone for the room.
    Bright and cheerful primary colours, soft pastels, or soothing neutrals can all work wonders in creating an inviting atmosphere. Involve your child in making these decisions so they get excited about their new room.

    Also read my post about creating a cohesive colour palette.

    Once you know in which style direction to take your kids room design, create a Mood Board to make sure all your ideas work nicely together.

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    Step 3: A functional layout - Designing kids rooms with purpose

    Designing a functional layout is the backbone of a well-organized kids’ room (or any room, really). This involves careful planning to make sure the space works for your child’s needs.

    Zones and traffic flow

    Creating designated zones for sleeping, playing, and studying is key for maintaining order in the room.
    Think about the traffic flow and make sure that everything your child needs is within easy reach.
    This way, they can navigate the space by themselves.

    Storage solutions

    Kids often have a lot of toys, and keeping them organized can be a challenge.
    Invest in smart storage solutions like bins, shelves, and under-bed drawers to keep the room tidy and clutter-free.
    Encourage your child to clean up their things by themselves, for example with easy colour coded bins and boxes.

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    Step 4: The right furniture and materials - Combining functionality, form and safety in kids room designs

    Selecting the right furniture and materials is not only important for safety reasons, but also for creating a beautiful and functional space for your little one.

    Versatile furniture

    I’m a big fan of designing timeless spaces that can adapt and change to the needs of the people living in them.

    So it’s a no-brainer that I believe kids rooms should be designed the same way: with furniture and solutions that can adapt to their changing needs. A loft bed with space underneath, for example, can save space and grow with your child as they transition from using the space to play, to placing a desk there for school.

    Also read my post about how to maximize small spaces.

    Soft furnishings and textiles

    To create a warm and inviting atmosphere, add cozy rugs, comfortable pillows, and soft curtains. These not only enhance the room’s comfort but also add texture and colour to the overall design.

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    Pro tip:

    Textiles also help regulate sound, which is great in kids rooms when things can get a little out of hand.

    Child-safe materials

    Depending on your kid’s age, non-toxic materials are important as they might interact with them differently than intended.
    Also make sure that edges are rounded to prevent accidents.
    Safety should always be a top consideration when choosing items for your kid’s room.

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    Pro tip:

    Opt for furniture made from non-toxic materials with rounded edges to prevent accidents. Choose pieces that can adapt as your child grows.

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    With my virtual and in-person interior design services you get everything you need
    to transform your home into a space you love.

    Book a free Discovery Call with me and let’s chat!

    Step 5: Let there be light - Choosing the right lighting for your kids room design

    Proper lighting can make a world of difference in a kids’ room, creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

    There are 3 types of lighting any room should have: general, task/functional, and mood lighting. A mix of these 3 gives the room the right level of lighting for different activities, from reading to playing.

    Also read my post about layering lighting like a pro.

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    Pro tip:

    Strategically place mirrors to reflect the light and make the room feel bright and airy.

    Nadine, founder of Malmö-based interior design studio NH.DESIGN.

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    Need expert advice for lighting in your kids room?

    During this 1 hour virtual Design Consultation you get my expert advice on your specific interior challenge.
    From finding the best layout, choosing the right colours to solving storage problems and styling tips – ask me anything!

    + 1: Styling magic - Adding the finishing touches to your kids room design

    It’s time to add those finishing touches that will bring the space to life!
    I know styling kids rooms can be tricky sometimes because toys are just so colourful. And most people don’t choose them because of their aesthetics, either.

    So how can you style your kids room without an explosion of colour, and a mis-match of stuff that can easily look cluttered?

    It’s (fairly) simple: make sure everything in the room has a home!
    It all goes back to your needs-analysis from the beginning, and what furniture you chose to store these needs.

    A mixture of closed doors that hide away clutter, and open shelves to show their favourite toys or trophies is a great way to find a balance.

    You might want to display the little artist’s drawings, photos or favourite posters. A gallery wall or picture ledge gives art a specific place, and each piece can easily be changed.

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    With these design tips it’s easy to design a fun(ctional) and beautiful kids room.

    Thanks for reading!
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    Take care, Nadine

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