Affordable Kids' Room Decorating Ideas

With a little money and a lot of creativity, you can transform your child's room into something magical. Try these affordable kids' room decorating ideas.
By: Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio
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Create Mini Art Galleries

The wonders of great artwork! Walls adorned with gallery-style wall decor are popping up, and the best part of this fun trend is that it celebrates all styles of art and doesn't have to cost a fortune. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Create Mini Art Galleries

Monochromatic or filled with color, an accent wall featuring photos, pictures and wall decor is a great way to kick it up a notch in any kids room. And who knows, maybe you'll inspire a mini Picasso in the making? Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Accessorize With Patterns

An easy way to add flair to any child's room is with patterned accessories. This $350 playroom makeover comes to life with the addition of colorful and vibrant pillows. The feminine floral rug complements the pillows, and together they create a cheerful play space. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Collect Pieces Over Time

Use individual pieces accumulated over time instead of buying a matching furniture set. Not only is it an excellent way to save, but in the case of Evyn's nursery, it achieves a colorful and eclectic look, layering in the new with the old. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Get to Know Etsy

If you are willing to spend some time digging online you can uncover original and affordable gems on Etsy.com and other similar marketplace sites. Items that are custom made will not only make the room feel special but help make it unique. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Break Out the Sewing Machine

A plain, boring glider becomes super chic with the addition of new cushions in a trendy, graphic pattern. Throw in a few colorful pillows for added back support and this nursery essential suddenly becomes and a real showstopper. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Create the Little Details By Hand

You don't have to be a super-DIYer but it certainly pays off to start thinking handmade even if it's just for the smallest of details. Crafting a bit of decorative bunting or printing your own graphics for framing is a great way to catch the do-it-yourself fever. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Give a Cheer for Pom-Poms

Inexpensive and easy to make, the tissue pom is a whimsical party favorite that can also add pizazz to a child's bedroom decor. Try incorporating different size poms and tissue paper in shades of the same color for maximum impact. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Design Your Own Bed

Creating your own headboard with easily accessible materials such MDF (medium density fiberboard), foam, fabric glue and a staple gun will have you feeling like a true craftsman in no time. Crazy Wonderful blogger, Shelley, updated her daughters toddler room by creating a white, classic tufted headboard her daughter can grow with over the years. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Get Creative With Paint

Rather than painting the wall behind the crib one color, why not get creative with paint and go for three or four colors? Horizontal or vertical stripes are super dramatic. Here, Rebecca Propes of Fresh Chick Designs frames the center of the wall with molding and paints the stripes down the middle giving the room an instant focal feature. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Choose Oversized Wall Decals

Add graphics in an instant along with a bit of drama. When selecting decorative wall decals or wall stickers, think big. For just a little more, many companies offer custom designs and sizes so you can let your child's imagination run wild. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

Make Your Own Mobile

Add a little whimsy to your child's space and create a handmade mobile. Birds, butterflies and geometric shapes are currently the most common mobile designs on the market. Make your mobile from a simple quilt hoop, fishing wire and fabric, or cut the shape you desire from simple cardstock. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com

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