Around the Home with Gabby: Stylish Kids’ Bedroom & Nursery Ideas

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”.

Other interior designers, like Gabby StyleMaker, Marie Flanigan are hopping on board to share tips, too! Read Marie’s 5 Tips for Kid-Friendly Design here.

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Custom-tailored Westley Chair

New Delivery: Nursery Design Must-Haves

Choose comfort, performance, and personality to make the perfect nest for your new one

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.

stylish kids bedroom design watson chair by Gabby

Design Loves Detail adds natural elements to her nursery with our Watson Chair

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 youngster’s 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.

Girls Bedroom design by Betsy Mosby Interiors

The perfect “big girl” room designed by Betsy Mosby Interiors. The Marilyn Chest offers substantial storage for clothes, books, and toys.

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.

Teen Boy Bedroom Design

Make your boy feel like the man of the house by giving him a bedroom update. The Tess Chest is the perfect size for a nightstand and offers just the right amount of storage. Design by Nadina Home Design.

Teen Spirit: 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.

North Shore Nest selected the Cohen Table Lamp for this sophisticated teen space. Photo by Michael Alan Kaskel.

Books & More: Half display case, half storage unit, an airy bookcase is essential in an adolescent’s bedroom, providing space to showcase trophies, photos, keepsakes, and books. The Kimbrell Bookcase has delicate glamour, while the Lavinia Bookcase offers an extra surface area with deep oak shelves.

Pro Tip: A distressed finish will mask the appearance of regular wear. We recommend the Pandora Chest in a milk-washed finish or the Pamela Chest in antique white.

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