Nursery/kid's room design ideas, inspiration & pictures

How do I decorate a baby’s room?

Before deciding on the layout of your baby’s room, first consider the furniture and equipment necessary for the space. Would you rather have free-standing items that can be re-arranged from time to time, or built-in cots, cabinets and storage space?

Remember that creative thinking and planning can make all the difference, transforming a regular room with a crib into a neat, stylish and practical living space for your baby.

Consider the overall vibe and effect you want to obtain - do you want your nursery to be warm and cosy, vibrant and lively, pink and pretty or themed and playful?

Fortunately, we have a widespread collection of rooms and outdoor spaces here on homify (anything from gardens and living rooms to bathrooms and nurseries) to provide you with never-ending inspiration, regardless of your personal style.

How do I design a child’s room?

Before taking up the challenge of designing your child’s room, reflect on their personality, tastes and likes. Children’s own input and ideas are often encouraged and welcomed by homify’s interior designers. As well as carefully considering functionality (such as essential storage space for toys and belongings), ensure to incorporate stimulating and fun elements.

Be brave with bold bright colours, funky patterns and eclectic children’s bedroom furniture. Take inspiration from our numerous ideabooks here on homify detailing everything from children’s room storage spaces to the types of wallpaper.

From creating comfy seating areas for naps and quiet games to energetic climbing walls, there is definitely a whole range of ideas for your child’s room.

How do I design a teenager’s room?

When decorating a room for a teenager, it’s important (even more so than for a child’s bedroom) to let them express their individuality and encourage them to be part of the design process. During their adolescent years, tastes and inclinations towards current trends may change quite regularly, making it a great idea to opt for neutral and age-defiant makeover.

Go for a relaxed and easy-going design that can easily transition through the years without the need for a complete facelift. Perhaps choose a nice subtle yet inviting wall hue, classic quality style furniture, chic curtains and on-trend wall art. These make it so easy for future makeovers like adding jazzy accessories and editing the colour palette via decorations.

And always be sure to save space for a desk, bookshelves, and an adequate amount of cubby holes / floating shelves for storage.

Tips for a child’s room

As there are countless design options and styles to choose from, it can be quite a daunting task to decorate your child’s room. That’s why you need to take the time (and enjoy) browsing through homify’s magnificent examples of functional bedrooms and playrooms for inspiration and take tips from expert designers operating in South Africa and overseas.

Finding a practical and fun design that will stand the test of time, with trends and tastes developing as they grow, can be challenging. However, one thing that will always be consistent in any child’s room is the need for storage space, whether it’s for stuffed toys, books, scientific experiments, CDs and DVDs, etc..

As most kids have a lot of items that require storage, fun and colourful storage areas can add to the room’s overall look. And never underestimate the importance of lighting, which (like any other room in the house) can help set the tone and mood for your child’s space.

Which wall colour should I use for the children’s room?

Our design experts here on homify have made it their mission to come up with inspiring bedroom designs, regardless of whether it’s for a boy or a girl.

Parents today may lean towards more gender neutral upbringing of children where the stereotypical colours of pink for girls and blue for boys no longer holds true. Modern days have seen bedrooms mixing things up a bit by including bright reds for boys’ rooms and pastel greens for girls’. A general rule when deciding on wall colour is the size of the room, for smaller rooms must keep to lighter colours while larger rooms can take stronger hues. But with kids’ rooms, these restrictions fall away! So, why not make decorating part of the fun and bust out some truly bright colours?  

On the other hand, you are always welcome to keep some walls more neutral with softer colours and use one wall as a focal wall by decorating it with patterned wallpaper for extra character.

And a very handy tip: blackboard paint can go a long way in styling up those little artists’ rooms, keeping them busy for hours on end, and allowing them to make their own personal marks (again and again) in their own private space.

Which floor is suitable for a child’s room?

When contemplating flooring options for a child’s room, keep in mind that, although there are countless options, you need to keep these factors in mind:

·         durability

·         resilience

·         low maintenance, and

·         hardwearing.

Vinyl flooring comes in superb contemporary design choices while also being very easy to clean and maintain. Carpet, on the other hand, can instil a sense of warmth and comfort, while also adding colour and pattern.

Again, turn to our images and ideabooks for more tips and tricks when it comes to flooring options for your baby, toddler, child and teenager.