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Affordable Kids' Room Decorating Ideas

By: Allie Holcomb King, Melisa Fluhr, and Pam Ginocchio
June 06, 2019

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.

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Photo: Phoebe Chuason. From: Natalie Myers.

Mix Patterns

When it comes to matching, we’re firm believers that too much of a good thing can most definitely become a bad thing. In fact, mixing colors and patterns within a space is a great way to give a room pizzazz and personality. This works to your budget’s benefit. Instead of buying all new textiles and art to coordinate your kid’s room perfectly, mix and match items you own for a spunky, eclectic look.

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Photo: Wake and Loom. From: WAKE + LOOM.

Display What You Already Have

Rather than purchasing pricey artwork to fill a large, blank wall, install inexpensive shelving and decorate it with items you have on hand. In this kid’s sitting area, a wall of wood hexagon shelves is filled with children’s books, stuffed animals, toys and small houseplants. Select your favorite accessories to display and style them so they look balanced.

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Photo: Travis J Photography. From: Mollie Openshaw.

Paint Old Furniture

Give tired, old furniture new life with a fresh coat of paint. It’s cheaper than painting an entire room, yet it can energize a space in a similar way. Consider choosing a lively color like the coral hue of this dresser for a kid-friendly approach.

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Photo: Kendall Simmons

Break Out the Sewing Machine

The easiest way to bring new color and pattern to a space is by switching out textiles, especially throw pillows. Instead of dishing out a pretty penny for a new collection of pillows, use your sewing skills to cover old ones with new fabric. If you’re feeling extra handy, take it to the next level by sewing new curtains, seat cushions, blankets or bedding.

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