Kids' Room Inspiration from All Angles

By Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza

We’re not exactly fans of kids’ rooms decked from floor to ceiling in primary colors, or those reserving space exploration for boys and flowers for girls. Here at HM, we believe that anything goes when it comes to kids rooms. But as a parent, you should keep in mind that your chid’s room will look picture-ready only for a moment, so let go of the idea of polished and perfect.

Here are 10 ways to look at kids’ rooms—from coastal chic to farmhouse wabi-sabi, urban sleek, bright and retro, and minimalist.

Why we like it

One of the great joys of childhood is the treat of having a bunk bed. This minimalist bunk is the perfect choice for those who don’t love stereotypical primary colors. The demilune built-ins are a nice touch and perfect for holding the perfect nighttime book.

Why we like it

This bedroom is such a getaway. This Cali-cool room in whites and blues is such a retreat. We also love the reclaimed schoolhouse desk and bench.

Why we like it

One of the most important things to remember about creating a kids room: flexibility always. It’s never going to look like you want it to. This little wabi-sabi dressing corner embraces creativity and imperfection.

Why we like it

This European farmhouse–inspired setup could easily double as a make-believe ship’s hull, a stage for speeches, or a podium for Olympic medal acceptances.

Photo by Laura Sumrak

Why we like it

Kids’s rooms need plenty of storage. Dual dressers and hanging drawers offer plenty of nooks and crannies for little ones to stow their treasures. We also love the subtle gradation on those drawers—what a nice little wink!

Why we like it

This lemon wallpaper from Hygge & West is playful, bright, and will age well. Perfect for a tween with an eye for retro style.

Why we like it

No kids’ room is complete without plenty of books. We love the shallow floating shelves that make books both trophies and art.

Why we like it

A desk is key. Marry homework and play by creating a space for study and for imagination.

Why we like it

You can also go ultra-white for a kids room (just don’t get too married to the cleanliness). These double desks are perfect for little ones who have to share a room. (We actually spoke to interior designer Beth Barden about just this. )

Why we like it

Even though a kid’s room will never look exactly how you want it to, you can create a sleek look, even if it’s just long enough to snap a picture of this Manhattan bedroom.

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