Tips and tricks for decorating a child’s room

Decorating a child’s room can be difficult. Should I buy the race car bed? Is this princess craze just a phase or should I paint the whole room bubblegum pink? We reached out to some of the best designers in town to learn what factors to consider, as well as some of their favorite picks.

durability and cleanability

“Children have a hard time with furniture, so it’s always a good idea to design with durable fabrics and sturdy materials. Solution dyed acrylic paints for indoor and outdoor use have come a long way and are virtually indestructible when it comes to kids and messes. Spend the extra dollars to cover them [right] keeps it clean and looking good for years to come.” —amy thomasson, House Amelie

“Kids will mess things up, but that’s part of life. I still have the kitchen table from when my kids were younger. I love all markers because they are memories.” —samantha fisherman, Samantha Fisher Interiors

“Children are naturally creative and often more fearless than adults, and they need spaces to explore, play and create freely. Furniture is climbed, jumped, and slept on, so it has to be able to withstand it all.” —ragsdale abbey, Interior design by Smith & Ragsdale

“Kids come with glitter slime, finger paint and Play-Doh in all the colors of the rainbow. So make sure your furniture setup includes wipe-clean surfaces, iron-clad upholstery, and minimal crevices and gaps that you’ll inevitably clean between.” —jean liu, Jean Liu Design, LLC

Leave room to grow

“We propose furniture that can grow with the child as they grow. While the color, curtains, and other decorations may change over time, the investment pieces may remain the same.” —pam kelley, Pam Kelley design

“Ensuring that a child’s space can grow with them sounds so cliche, but it really is a touchstone for all the spaces we design for children. Children’s interests are always changing, so I’m afraid to cover too niche subjects in their bedrooms. At 7 they might love the custom Fort bunk beds, but at 10 they want a play area.” —Traci Connel, Traci Connell Interiors

clutter control

“Have plenty of hooks, baskets/bins and cabinets to keep the multitude of small toys, shoes and clothes organized and out of sight.” —Susan Bednar Long, SB Long interior

“When the adults have to share the space where the kids are playing, it helps to have a storage system that makes cleanup quick and easy. Drawers and closed storage, plus upholstered stools with interior storage make picking up toys a quick and easy process, transforming the room dynamics into a tranquil adult space.” —Kathy Adcock-Smith, Adcock-Smith design

Comfort is key

“Softness! Durability is important, but you also want it to be comfortable. Kids inevitably play on the floor, so be sure to avoid scratchy carpets!” —Josh Pickering, Pickering House Interiors

let her be small

“Their spaces should reflect their personality and things that interest them. I think it’s important that they have an influence on the design so that it’s a space they’re proud of and cherish.” —shay geyer, IBB Design Elegant furnishings

“Make it fun!” —emily summer, Emily Summers Design Associates


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