Bedroom Design Tips for Infants, Kids & Teens
Every parent desires a safe and peaceful environment where their child can play, learn, and grow. When designing youth, kids’ bedrooms, the furniture and decor options can range from colorful and creative to downright darling! The only problem is…small children don’t stay small for very long. As they spring up (sometimes overnight) their needs, desires, and tastes develop to match their growing bodies. So, how can style-savvy parents upgrade their kids’ bedroom space without overhauling the entire room? Katie McFarlan, studio manager of Chicago-area design firm North Shore Nest, explains: “We love changing out bedding, art, and accessories to upgrade a room while keeping investment pieces such as beds, nightstands, and dressers”.
When designing a kid’s bedroom, bathroom, or playroom, McFarland searches for high-quality, versatile case goods. She says, “Multi-functional pieces, especially those offering storage, are essential for children’s spaces”. For premium longevity, avoid youth-size furnishings in Crayola colors; full-size dressers, chests, and shelves in soft neutrals will last for years to come.
Now, let’s gather more kid-friendly design tips from interior expert Angeline Guido, principal designer and owner of Dallas-based Angeline Guido Design, and explore essential items for every chapter in a child’s life.
New Delivery: Inspired Nursery Design for Infants & Parents
Welcome baby to the world with these nursery essentials.
Mamas in Motion: Create a clutter-free nursery with three main elements: a crib, changing table, and comfortable seating. Choose chairs with motion (swivels or rocking chairs) and a supportive frame. Performance fabrics are ideal, as they will resist everyday stains and spills. Parent-preferred frames include the skirted Baldwin Swivel Rocker Chair and stylish Liam Swivel Chair.
Mood Lighting: Great lighting can ease late-night feedings and early morning wake-up calls. Equip your favorite chandelier with a dimming feature so that the light is always just right. Try the breezy Gordon Pendant or the beaded, dove white Peggy Chandelier.
Angeline’s Design Tip: “ We love to try and make the items special or custom that sometimes can be very utilitarian and not so attractive. For example, changing pad trays and diaper caddies. These don’t have to exactly “match” your dresser. We have often had them made of acrylic for the more modern nursery and reclaimed wood for a more rustic boy nursery.”
Space to Play: Designing Kid’s Bedroom Spaces
The “big kid” bed and other must-have pieces for a growing child.
Sleeping Beauty: Receiving a “big” kid bedroom is an exciting milestone in every youngsters life. Treat your little one to a bedtime bunk they’ll love! Upholstered beds and headboards offer extra protection from accidents and upsets. Named after a favorite storybook character, the tufted Eloise Headboard is soft and smooth, and pairs perfectly with the small-scale May Nightstand.
Kid-Safe Bedroom Storage: Facilitate easy cleanup time with a convenient place to stash clothing and toys. Dressers and chests are great options, just make sure they are strong and sturdy––they will definitely get bumped and bruised.
Angeline’s Design Tip: “ We really enjoy introducing a great wallcovering or accent fabric that makes the room feel very custom. We also always try to sneak in something one-of-a-kind or vintage. For instance, a vintage dresser that is painted in a high gloss lavender color, making it a very unique piece that only this sweet little girl will have in her room.”
Next Level Style: Interior Upgrades for Teens’ Bedroom
Inspire confidence and joy with adolescent-friendly furniture and decor.
Homework Helper: The right desk can create a distraction-free zone for homework, studying, and college applications. For today’s teen, skip the small secretary desk and look for styles with a large tabletop––where they can spread out their laptop, textbooks, and snacks––and generous storage. With floating shelves and three drawers, the reclaimed wood Hill Desk will keep your teen organized. Brighten up their workspace with the Marla Task Lamp.
Books & More: Half display case, half storage unit, an airy bookcase is essential in any adolescent’s bedroom, providing space to showcase trophies, photos, keepsakes, and books. The Kimbrell Bookcase has delicate glamour, while the Lavinia Bookcase offers extra surface area with deep oak shelves.
Angeline’s Design Tip: “ Make sure that the more “permanent” elements, like wall covering or expensive custom window treatments, are a pattern/color that can easily evolve with the child as they grow. Then it is easy to add new bedding and a few more accessories that will still coordinate well with the scheme, but not feel too “baby”.”