By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

kid's room by JP&CO

Child’s room with art wall and play tent. Designed by JP&CO.

I’ve designed a lot of rooms for children. The key to a well-crafted kid’s room is to incorporate fun and creativity with an elegant finish. The room should also grow with the child and therefore have a flexible, easily modified design. And don’t overlook storage solutions! There are lots of ways to create attractive, practical storage. Here are six creative ways to jazz up your child’s room, while still maintaining a nice, clean aesthetic:

1. Create a Mini Art Gallery

Buy some inexpensive photo frames of various sizes from Target and IKEA and frame your child’s artwork. Periodically swap it out for new pieces as your child creates them. They’ll love that their work is at center stage!

Framed art--don't be afraid to mix and match frames too! Photo credit: gedsrl.com

Framed art–don’t be afraid to mix and match frames too! Photo credit: gedsrl.com

2. Create a Space Within a Space

lofted bed by architecture-centre.org

Lofted bed with space underneath. Image by Architecture-centre.org

Even a modest-sized room can seem large to a child. Many kids enjoy having their own little corner where they can hide away and play games, read, etc. Some ideas include:

-A tent, teepee, or a different kind of stand-alone fort

-Netting over the bed

-A lofted bed with a space underneath that is curtained off from the rest of the room (with chairs, toys, etc.)

pink kid's bed with canopy netting

All that pink! Designed by JP&CO

3. Climb!

Mini climbing walls are getting popular for kid’s spaces. As long as they’re not too high and there’s a mat underneath the climbing wall, this is a fun way to keep your child entertained and active. One creative alternative to the traditional climbing wall is a wall with tree-shaped climbing supports.climb

tree climbing

Photo credit: Babyology.com

4. Get Creative With Wall Art

Decals, large posters, or maps are a fun way to decorate your child’s wall and are completely replaceable if you wish to change up the design. In one room I designed, we decided to lay out the alphabet on one wall in pastel, animal letters. Fun, affordable, and easy to modify if you’d like a change.

The prettiest alphabet. Room by JP&CO

The prettiest alphabet. Room by JP&CO

 

Wall map. Photo credit: Whoopsadaisy_anna on Flickr

Wall map. Photo credit: Whoopsadaisy_anna on Flickr

5. Encourage Writing on the Walls

Chalkboard paint is a fun way to turn any wall into a canvas. There are plenty of DIY tutorials on making your own chalkboard paint, but you can also purchase it at most major hardware stores.

chalkboard paint6. Make Storage Fun

Let’s face it, your kid has stuff…lots of stuff. It’s a challenge to find a place to put everything AND design a room that doesn’t look cluttered or stuffed to the brim with belongings. Fortunately, many companies like IKEA are making smart, appealing storage solutions. Remember to keep all the essentials at kid-level and the lesser-used items up high.

kid's storage 2

Bright and fun, yet practical storage system. Photo credit: UncleBobs.com

kid's pretty storage

Elegant storage solutions. Photo credit: elmueble.com

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Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

Author: Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.

Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.

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Written by Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the...
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