Choose Timeless Pieces
Instead of mass-produced, ready-to-assemble kids' furniture, designer Sarah Richardson opts for thrifted antiques paired with vintage fabrics. Heirlooms that will stand the test of time, these pieces will transition easily from little girl to tween to teen.
Add Handmade Touches
RMSer MayganM turned a few squares of inexpensive felt into an adorable owl mobile for her little one's nest. By making it herself, she created a sweet keepsake that perfectly matches the nursery's colors.
Let Kids Express Their Style
A child's room will truly feel like their own space if you allow her to weigh in on the design choices. True, she won't be into turquoise and tone-on-tone stripes forever, but this colorful teen lair is pitch-perfect for a style-savvy teen. Design by Judith Balis.
Create High Impact/Low Cost Artwork
Like icing on the cake, artwork adds the finishing touch. For less than $20, RMSer KristianArt created an eye-catching focal point above her daughter's bed by painting a large board in colors pulled from the bedding.
Plan for Play
Hanging bubble chairs and plenty of open floor space create an irresistible indoor play area for kids eliminating rainy-day cries of, \"I'm bored!\" Design by Randy Weinstein.
Add a Workspace
Homework isn't such a chore when there's an organized and dedicated area set aside for it. Designer Sarah Richardson put this tight space between two closets to work with a custom-made desk and floating shelves.
Oversized vinyl wall decals punch up the color and playfulness in this teen's bedroom. Bonus: They won't damage the paint and are easily removed when your child outgrows them.
Start Them Out Organized
Create a seriously tidy closet for baby with labeled storage bins and baskets. Clothes grouped by size will make dressing junior a snap. Add a small dresser for storing foldable clothes and tiny togs.
Spark Their Imaginations
RMSer 8666045 turned this corner of a suburban kid's room into a tropical getaway with a custom-built treehouse complete with a slide, ladder and comfy cabana for naptime.
Make a Nursery Multifunctional
A space-saving futon is a smart addition to this nursery; a cozy spot for reading a book with Mom, it also provides sleeping space for overnight guests.
Add Artistic Elements
RMSer BrunetteMommy added a sweet detail to her nursery without lifting a paintbrush. The tree with tiny pink birds is actually a handmade wall decal from Etsy.com. Affordable and easy to apply, the decal can be removed when the nursery later transitions to a big girl room.
Celebrate Their Passions
RMSer lizardshop got creative to give her son the beach-themed room he craved. Using an old-fashioned projector, she traced the surfer and wave design onto the wall then filled it in with latex paint. Custom-made to coordinate with the bedding, mini surfboards are the perfect accent.
Make the Most of the Space You Have
Sleek, modern bunk beds maximize square footage in this boys' room. An open bookshelf adds both privacy and display space. Design by Shane Inman.
It's All in the Details
Soft shades of pink create a restful backdrop while a golden bed crown and diminutive chandelier add fun, dramatic accents to this 3-year-old's princess room. RMSer ajerde chose furnishings, like the daybed, that tastefully fit the room's princess theme but will grow with her child.
Prep for Quick Changes
Designer Sarah Richardson turns a corner of this nursery into a cute and functional changing area with multiple wooden bins to hold diapers and toiletries. Stainless coat hooks provide a handy place for baby's next outfit.