Cool Kids Rooms That Parents Will Love, Too
It’s possible to come up with a design that both you and your child will find appealing, as these schemes demonstrate
Make an asset of a cosy attic room with a space-smart layout. This upholstered corner headboard creates a recess for reading alongside a built-in bookcase.
Extending the side of the shelving unit out to form a false wall works well to balance this snug spot and enclose it further.
Statement turquoise paint in a deeper hue highlights the interesting angles made by the walls and ceiling to shape an intimate space in the eaves.
Wall decals don’t have to mean large-scale patterns or bold murals – it’s also possible to find small stickers that can be used in one area – or a whole room.
These gold stars bring a metallic accent to pale grey walls and offer a playful addition that can easily be removed when they become tatty.
Get your child involved in choosing the design and mounting the stickers.
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If you’re allergic to colour, take a tip from this muted monochrome nursery. Babies have poor vision, but love the combination of black and white for its high contrast.
Stick to a pale scheme with black accents until your little one is old enough to commandeer colourful plastic toys and bright, cuddly creatures. No negotiation needed with a newborn.
Other fuss-free décor details include a wall-mounted rail as an adorable mini wardrobe in the alcove, and pale wooden furniture for a dose of simple Scandinavian cool.
Make sleep a treat with a den-like slumber spot. This room isn’t huge, but boxing in the bed at one end makes shelving possible and leaves maximum floor space for play.
Papering just the rear wall is a quick and cost-effective way to define the area. It’s also an advantage that it won’t take an age to redo when your child decides they no longer like animals/wallpaper/the colour green.
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Strip back the accessories in this bright bedroom and you’re left with a deceptively neutral backdrop. However, when layered together with a geometric rug and colourful prints, toys and bed linen, the effect is child-friendly and fun.
This type of scheme could easily transition from a tween dream to a teenage hangout with minimal fuss.
Get your child to draw on the walls – in the right place. A blackboard area makes for a fantastic feature and also an ever-changing art display. Take over a whole wall or choose a graphic shape, like this house silhouette.
The trio of shelves are affordable Ikea spice racks given a lick of neon and black paint.
Bring block colour and graphic styling to blank walls with a collection of framed fabric flags; these bright beauties are used for signalling at sea. Carrying a couple of the colours through to other pieces in the room will help to unify the design.
Budding vexillophiles (flag fans to you and me) will also appreciate a punchy pair of flag-themed curtains.
Toy storage is a must for parents who strive to occasionally see the floor. This set of double drawers and duo of baskets does the trick in smart style.
Treat your teenager to a sofa-style day bed for a multi-functional space suitable for relaxing or revision. Make the bed a trundle design and you’ll have a pull-out mattress ready for impromptu sleepovers.
A pastel palette feels grown-up but still age-appropriate. Mix stripes, spots and florals in a similar hue and showcase against trellis-style wallpaper to mimic this soft scheme.
Which of these cool spaces would appeal to you and your child? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.