A Multifunctional Little Girl's Room in a Small Space

A great kids' room includes dedicated zones for study, sleep and play, which can be a tall order when you're limited on space. Designer and mom Janice Peters put clever space-saving tricks to work to give her daughter, Audrey, room to grow.

  • Kids wall hooks

    Foster Their Independence

    Daisy-shaped wall hooks allow 6-year-old Audrey to put together her own outfits for the week. Making fashion decisions builds Audrey's self-confidence and allows her a bit of creative self-expression.

  • Mom and daughter

    Customize It

    When decorating Audrey's room, Janice included lots of do-it-yourself touches. The text on the wall looks hand-painted, but it's actually a wall decal that can easily be removed without damaging the paint.

  • Little Girls Bedroom

    Color Their World

    This was originally an all-white guest room, but Janice and hubby Jim painted the room in gender-neutral green and cream when they discovered they were expecting. They added pops of pink when Audrey was born.

  • Kids bedroom dresser

    Bling It On

    Janice added crystal lusters, available at hardware or lighting stores, to a small chandelier, then hung it above Audrey's dresser. The fixture is light enough that ceiling plant hooks are sturdy enough to support it. A long electrical cord plugs into a wall outlet so no direct wiring was needed.

  • Little Girls Bedroom

    Refurbish Existing Furniture

    The twin sleigh bed is a hand-me-down that was originally stained wood. Janice and Jim sanded it to remove the varnish, then painted it white to match the room's other furniture.

  • Dress Up Corner

    Create a Dress-Up Corner

    More wall hooks hung in a small niche behind the bedroom door display Audrey's favorite costumes.

  • Reflected Mirrors

    Fool the Eye

    Mirrors are a great trick for visually expanding a small space. Hung with double-sided tape, these frameless mirrors add a whimsical touch.

  • Storage Bench

    Choose Multipurpose Furniture

    Space is at a premium in a bedroom this small, so furniture needs to do double duty. This bench functions as a window seat, perfect for story time or putting on shoes, and provides much-needed storage for books, toys and games.

  • Little girls bedroom

    Add Pizzazz With Paint

    Janice stenciled daisies on the wall to coordinate with the room's other floral accents and add an artistic touch. A pink-and-white checked rug anchors the space and enforces the room's girly color palette.

  • Lifesize Paper Dolls

    Create Interactive Play Areas

    Kid-size paper dolls provide hours of entertainment while their slim profile takes up very little floor space.

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