7 Kids’ Bedrooms That Are Perfect for Now and Later
Designer Mollie Openshaw of Design Loves Detail created this dreamy Salt Lake City bedroom for a 3-year-old girl with the intention of making the space work right up to her teen years. “By the time it was finished, I kind of wished it was my room, so I think we accomplished the mission of creating a space that was appealing to girls of all ages,” Openshaw says. The stylish bedroom features a mix of new, vintage and upcycled touches, including a wall treatment hand-painted by the designer.
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Designer Emily Johnston Larkin transformed a rarely used formal dining room into a bedroom for a Dallas family’s 9-year-old son. The walls of the vibrant space are painted in Grasshopper by Sherwin-Williams — an energetic green that sets the tone for the room. The designer worked in cool blues via the bedding, rug, window shade and accessories to balance the room. “Creating a bedroom that was bold and fun but also something that he could grow into was key,” Johnston Larkin says.
Designer Lauren Evans was tasked with renovating a bedroom that would work well for a San Mateo, California, family’s 7-year-old girl while providing the function and style for the room to gracefully age throughout her teenage years. By adding a wall of built-ins behind the bed, Evans created loads of storage, a desk area and open shelves for the young girl to display her favorite items.
A color palette of blues, coral and blush provides a youthful feel without being too saccharine. “The color blue was a must-include,” Evans says. “She didn’t want an all-pink bedroom.”
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Designer Susie Marion of Marion Interior Design covered the walls in this Houston bedroom for a 5-year-old boy in dark teal plaster that has a subtle sheen. Distressed box beams on the ceiling add some old-world charm. And assorted vintage toys remind everyone that this sophisticated space is the domain of a fun-loving young boy. As the boy ages, those vintage toys can easily be replaced with more mature accessories, and the room will remain a hit.
For her clients’ 2-year-old daughter’s room, designer Sara Bekkerus of Skapa Designwas asked to create a Minnesota bedroom that will suit the child today and then grow up with her. “As a rule with kids’ rooms, I try to stay away from storybook themes or characters because children grow up so fast and their interests are constantly changing. Instead I try to find something that’s timeless,” Bekkerus says. The designer added a shiplap wall and chose a standout wallpaper for the ceiling created by artist Juila Rothman.
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Designer Julie Rootes transformed a 3-year-old boy’s bedroom in San Francisco with an eye on the future. “I felt like his and his father’s love of Star Wars had staying power,” Rootes says. She used the film loosely to set the tone with a framed vintage drawing of R2-D2 and a ceiling speckled with stars. The designer then leaned heavily on navy blues and casual modern furnishings that will last as the boy ages.
Family heirlooms ensure that this little girl’s bedroom in New Jersey, designed by Lindsay MacRae, will age gracefully. The girl’s great-grandmother was the inspiration for the room, but the style is anything but “granny.” “My client’s grandmother was a real fashionista. She had a long career in the fashion industry in New York City,” MacRae says. In addition to remembrances of the beloved grandmother, the designer incorporated family heirlooms by freshening up the antiques and balancing them with new pieces.