15 Easy Updates for Kids' Rooms

Give your little ones a personalized place to call their own. From uber-organized nurseries to stylish teen hangouts, designers and HGTV viewers share their best ideas for creating a one-of-a-kind kid space.
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November 25, 2014

Photo By: Randy Weinstein

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.

Embrace Whimsy

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.

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