Designer Kids' Rooms for Less

Do you love the high style of designer kids' rooms? Here's how to get the look for a lot less money.
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May 29, 2015
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Add a Little Paper

Instead of wallpapering every square inch of a child's room, consider using it more sparingly as an accent, as seen here in this nursery by designer Shirry Dolgin. You'll save money on rolls and the installation will be relatively hassle-free! Paper lanterns hanging in the corners are also an affordable touch of whimsy.

Leave It Unfinished

While giving a child's bed a sprayed paint finish is a fairly inexpensive option, you can save even more money and still be stylish by leaving it unfinished, as the bunk bed pictured. The natural look of the wood fits with the room's color palette and is a nice contrast from the bold chevron rug.

Make a Color Statement

This eclectic French modern bedroom by designer Steven Miller packs a visual punch by overloading on pink. Steal this style at home by sticking to multiple shades of one color and getting playful with texture, pattern and theme instead.

Put Up a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls can serve as fun focal points in kids' rooms. This nursery by designer Susie Fougerousse features multiple limited edition Barbie prints, but you can get the look with practically anything your child might be interested in. Just follow Fougerousse's lead and keep the art's subject matter and palette consistent throughout.

Get Creative With Paint

Grab some paint and brush up on your calligraphy skills for a custom monogram over a bed like designer Anisa Darnell did here. The molding? That's also a clever paint trompe l'oeil. It looks luxe for very few bucks and is easy to paint over if you or your child ever want to change up the look again.

Make Your Own Headboard

The symmetry of this sweet fairytale room by designer Jason Champion is something that's easy to achieve by purchasing multiples of inexpensive lamps, mirrors, and throws. And though the custom headboards look lavish, they're crafted from MDF (medium density fiberboard), which is an affordable alternative to wood.

Hang a Mobile

One of the most captivating features of this David Hertz-designed room is also the most simple: the model airplane mobile. Why not have a craft day with your child and have them make a mobile of their own with paper cutouts, seashells, small stuffed animals or anything that strikes their fancy?

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