30 Bright White Kids' Rooms

White walls are the perfect jumping-off point for kids' room design. See how a color palette starring white works for any gender, any style and any stage of childhood.

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January 28, 2020

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Graphic + Lively

Take plain white walls from boring to intriguing with decals. Simple black triangles completely transform the look of this kids' space to generate a geometric and playful backdrop. The room doubles as both sleeping quarters and playroom with a pair of clean-lined bunk beds dressed in black-and-white linens and a mix of colorful pillows flanking the ample floor space for playing.

Oceanside Destination

In this vacation house by the sea, the kids' bunk room has soaring ceilings highlighted by exposed beams and shiplap walls. Soft grays, corals and teals combine for a cozy beach palette, and woven blinds and rope chandeliers evoke a decidedly nautical feel.

Room for Two

If neither of your kids wants to climb up a ladder every night to go to bed, try this smart shared space solution. These twin beds lay back to back sharing a headboard, but each has its own built-in bookshelf for storing trinkets and books, plus a reading lamp overhead. There's no wasted storage space though, since the ladder is used to access the shelves built over the beds.

Vertical Lift

Stretch your kiddo's playing space by taking his bed up. The loft bed gives him a cozy spot to survey his kingdom and adds extra room underneath for storage and imagining — it already has the makings for the ultimate fort. Classic area rugs juxtapose the contemporary furniture and fabrics used throughout the rest of the space.

For the Adventurers

Devise a room where your kids can literally climb the walls. The rest of the room is kept uncluttered, from the clean white walls and lack of window treatments to the simple bedding (no fussy pillows needed here), allowing the active kids to take full advantage of the rock-climbing wall. Sliding barn-style doors lead into the closet and bathroom.

A Place for Everything

Kids double (or triple) the amount of stuff in your home, so look for pieces that keep the clutter at bay. At the end of this twin bed is a built-in bookshelf, and drawers that roll underneath add much-needed storage. A chandelier dripping with crystals infuses old-fashioned elegance into the contemporary space.

One in a Melon

Design a room that embraces summer fun year-round with delightful watermelon wall decals. Bedding and furniture continue the color palette of pink, green and yellow, which will work long after a child's melon phase is over. Simply peel off the decals, and you still have an adorably vivid space.

Hidden Treasures

Kids often get the coolest rooms of the house — former attics, clever nooks, cubby holes — full of unusual architecture that makes the space one of a kind. Well-placed windows fill this space with natural light, and petite furnishings give the room a spacious feel. Grabbing its shade from the detailing on the bedding, the interior of the door is painted fuchsia for an unexpected touch.

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A Versatile Setting

White walls act as a blank slate so you can really play around with color and patterns. You want a bold orange table with chairs? It works. Brightly colored artwork (that's also educational — yay!)? It works. Buffalo check area rug? Yep, that works, too. They all pull together on a white background and shape a space that's fun and ready for kids.

Head to the Mountains

Murals are a lovely way to inject your child's personality into a room. The mountain mural in shades of green adds earthy color and style. Pinstripe bedding combines with sheets featuring an arrow motif and a chunky crocheted pillow, while a map of all the national parks keeps the adventurous spark alive.

On the Petite Side

White walls help to visually expand this tiny bedroom. Tucked in the angled nook are open cubbies that act as a headboard to the bed. A mix of patterns, from the butterfly wallpaper and geometric rug to the patchwork quilt, enliven the space with an utterly eclectic feel.

One Note Perfection

White on white on white on white, this kids' room embraces the absence of color (almost!). It does get a blast of hues from the striped rainbow rug. A fuzzy chandelier, shiplap walls and furry swing cushions add dimension and texture to the overall white palette.

Beach Escape

Set on Shelter Island, New York, this classically blue-and-white room is the ultimate kid getaway. Built-in bunk beds give each child their own space to retreat to at night while still getting to be a part of the group. The lower beds also double as reading nooks during the day. With plenty of floor space to spread out and play, an extra-long table for dining or playing board games and a cozy couch for the grown-ups to hang comfortably with their littles, this room is made for chilling after a great day on the beach.

Pretty in Polka Dots

A bright trio — red, pink and purple — in bold shades energizes this sweet bedroom. An acrylic nightstand and lamp provide book storage without distracting from the oh-so-fun polka dot walls.

Their Own Graphic Novel

Let your little superhero lover live in a comic strip. The cityscape sets the scene for life-size imagining — who doesn't need his own Metropolis to save? Sheets with favorite characters and coordinating bedding complete the look.

Get Quirky

Add fun into kids' rooms wherever you can. Paint cacti on the walls. Bring in loads of colors, patterns and textures. Hang a dreamcatcher. This bohemian-style room is a mix of eclectic pieces that all combine for a playful, lived-in atmosphere.

Set Off to Sea

Shiplap walls set the tone for this nautical kids' room. The theme is incorporated in subtle, sophisticated decor throughout the room: a rope ladder leading up to the top bunk, industrial-style piping for the rails, brass detailing on the dresser and a gallery wall of delicate, sailing-inspired drawings. Accents of dusty rose soften the traditional Americana color scheme, and a wave-like rug adds on-the-sea style underfoot.

Work Your Angles

Embrace the architecture of your kid's room. The exposed ceiling beam provides the perfect spot to hang a swinging chair, and instead of taking the wall all the way to ceiling at the end of the room, a playful loft area is created. While soaring ceilings deliver an airiness to the space, the wallpaper stops at the arching walls to bring the height of the room down to kid level. The crisp white color palette creates a contemporary vibe that's dotted by hints of orange.

Epic Playtime

Weather doesn't hinder your playhouse fun when it's in your own room. Black moldings against a white wall could appear stark, but the distressed wood floors usher in warmth. An exposed bulb chandelier acts as a modern foil to the rustic feel of the room.

Planning Ahead

Designed to grow with kids, this nook is transformed with a floating desk for making crafts, eating a snack or storing picture books. As your child grows older, the desk is deep enough to house a laptop or desktop computer. Additionally, the midcentury modern Bertoia chair will go from tot to teen.

Neat + Tidy

Storage is key to any kids' space, and this classic blue-and-white room embraces the use of baskets. Not only are they placed around the room and near the arts-and-crafts table for quick cleanup, but low labeled baskets slide under the bunk beds for easy-to-access but hidden-away organization.

Welcome to the Jungle

Contemporary design meets global sensibility in this safari bedroom. Zigzag bedding and golden pillows define the streamlined bunk bed, and the color palette all combines in the ikat rug. Silhouettes of giraffes decorate the walls, and of course, you need a few big cats to act as guardians.

Elegant + Calm

Soft white walls and muted grays and pinks create a serenely sweet space with a couple of pops of hot pink for a jolt of energy. Vaulted ceilings, a glamorous chandelier and plush window seat give off a particularly romantic atmosphere.

A Study in Contrasts

Always a striking combination, black and white know how to make a bold statement. Devoid of color, this room mixes stripes, graphics and solids for a chic, contemporary space. The ceiling is painted in a cool abstract design so the kids can go to sleep under a cloudy night sky.

Built for a Crowd

Whether you need a space for a big family or to be prepped for major sleepovers, this bedroom is designed to house a bunch of kiddos. Two full beds, both with loft beds overhead, provide ample sleeping quarters. Warm wood molding borders the white walls to establish definition, and notes of sky blue bring bright color.

Cheerful and Mod

Broad gray-and-white horizontal stripes create a contemporary design element in this nursery, which features accents of complementary hues: blue and orange. Large furnishings are kept crisp white to keep the mood of the space calm and fresh, while a soft jute rug offers a neutral grounding.

Tailor Made

Crown molding and board-and-batten wainscoting transform this typical builder-beige room into a custom-designed nursery. Bright white furniture adds to the clean look of the space, whereas the addition of light gray and pink brings in a layer of girly elegance.

Playful Retreat

To enhance the cottage-inspired architecture of the space, designer Holly Mathis of Holly Mathis Interiors brings in an iron rod bed, galvanized light pendant and plaid and striped fabrics in the hanging pennants. The bedroom doubles as a playroom, so she also incorporates a reading nook, table and chairs and a fun teepee.

Mix of Styles

This light and airy nursery blends contemporary and antique pieces. The new streamlined crib juxtaposes against the wicker rocker, an antique the homeowner's mother used to rock her children. Above the crib, a unique monogram features animals and other items that begin with "H."

Fun Florals

This shared kids' room features twin beds with flowing canopies. To keep the space from looking too matchy-matchy, designer Susie Fougerousse of Rosenberry Rooms selects coordinating bedding that isn't exactly the same.

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