Cheap Ways to Make your Kids’ Room Look Styled

by Kaitlin Krull

If you’re as addicted to Pinterest as the rest of the world, you’re likely to have come across more than your fair share of trendy, beautiful, perfect kids’ bedrooms. Unless you have the money to shell out for your own personal home decor guru, you might think your kids’ rooms will never look as beautifully styled as the ones you lust after. Well, I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. Here are some clever tricks to make your kids’ bedroom look just as fabulous as Pinterest without breaking the bank.

Toys as display

Unless you like the look of dozens of plastic toys strewn about the floor, this is a super simple way to give your kids’ room a stylish edge. Take a few of your coolest, old wooden toys and display them on shelves, bookcases, or dressers. Just make sure it’s nothing too valuable, since kids will definitely be kids. 

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Minimalist decor

Luckily for you (and your budget!), the minimalist trend is in for kids’ home decor. Display only a few accessories throughout the room and store the rest. Go one step further in the modern, minimalist world with a monochrome color scheme and your children will be the most stylish kids in town.

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Framed prints on the walls

Framed photographs and modern art prints make a room seem much more grown up than wall decals and posters, so choose a few of the best (or funniest, or most unique) prints to display in your kids’ rooms. Photographs with a personal touch are particularly nice for children, as they make them feel at home in their bedrooms.

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Fresh flowers, cut branches, or foliage

Don’t worry, I’m not talking about buying a new, expensive bouquet every week for your kids’ bedrooms. Cuttings from trees in your backyard, one or two bright flowers, or even artificial varieties are perfect for adding a burst of color and stylish flair to a room. Just keep them out of reach if you actually want to use them as display pieces.

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Throws and accent pillows

Accent pillows and throws are staples in Styling 101, so don’t forget these essentials when kitting out your kids’ rooms. Just a few brightly colored cushions will add to the aesthetic of the room and, if you can convince your kids to actually put them on the bed, will help you pass your styling class with flying colors.

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Hanging stars, bunting, fairy lights

Nothing puts the final touch on a styled room quite like a hanging decoration or two. Pennant style bunting, fairy lights, and other hanging lighting will take your kids’ rooms from childish to stylish. Just be sure to keep all cords and strings well out of reach, to avoid any strangulation hazards. 

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Sheepskin or other rug

At Modernize, we know that a good rug can not only warm up a wooden floor, but can also complete a room. Choose from lush, high pile fabrics or bold colors and bright prints to bring your kids’ rooms together while keeping them cozy at the same time.

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Chaise longue or storage box at end of bed

If you’re striving for a grown up style in your kids’ bedrooms, end of the bed seating and storage are a must. Scour your local thrift shop or garage sales for a DIY fixer upper, or simply use your children’s toy box as a storage/seating combination unit. A cushion or throw on top will add comfort to the seating and the whole thing will make the room feel elegant and cozy.

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Creative storage

If, like so many parents, you have the problem of too many toys, it might be time to get creative with your storage. Hide less aesthetically pleasing toys in storage bins (or in the playroom) and display your best books, knickknacks, and toys on bookshelves or floating shelving units to satisfy both your stylish and organized sides.

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About the Author
Kaitlin Krull is a writer and mom of two girls living the expat life in the UK. Her writing is featured on Modernize.com and a number of home decor sites around the web. She can also be found blogging from time to time on her personal blog, A Vicar’s Wife.