It was actually one of our lovely readers who inspired us to round up some of our favorite kids’ rooms. Stellar idea, Eliina! Thanks for the tip. I myself have always had a soft spot for our “Best Of” retrospectives. They provide me and the team with such an insightful snapshot of how decorating in the real world has evolved. While no two rooms are exactly the same, bold walls, the colors pink and green and nautical touches kept popping up as I combed through our extensive library. Heck, I’d be happy to call any of these bedrooms “home,” and I am a 27-year-old man (but clearly a kid at heart). From toddlers to teenagers, these are some seriously stylish guys and gals whose bedrooms are sure to inspire
any room in your home. Each pick is even accompanied by insightful stories about how each space came to life. While these rooms are all interesting and fun for various reasons, one thing is consistent throughout – they were all labors of love. Enjoy! — Garrett
"The crazy room of my little dudes. It's chock-full of toys and books and art, and feels like a boat in there. There is a little hole with a ladder going upstairs. My husband built their bed and shelves and this little swing that hangs from the ceiling, and I made their headboard with fabric I printed and dyed,"
to inspire creativity. She absolutely succeeded in her daughters' room. The adorable red mushroom lamp is by
and the rug is available
This is 10-year-old Viggo's room.
Sofia and Kristo
let their kids define a personal design style, then helped them bring their vision to life.
Sofia and Kristo's
12-year-old daughter's room is the perfect amount of color and white space, youthful and vintage.
master bedroom and baby's room are one in the same. The table and chairs were street finds. For a truly customized look, the homeowners covered the table in adhesive from Kitsch Kitchen.
Hayley and Chadd
kept their son Sascha's room simple "because this guy tends to make a lot of mess!" says Hayley. To keep it interesting, Hayley painted a feature wall in a bold, imperfect pattern in a neutral color so it would blend with any changing decor or tastes as he grows. Hayley painted the bedside Rast table from IKEA and attached plywood to the
to raise it higher. The awesome yellow pineapple lamp was found at Target and the bedding is from
Kip and Co.
Nine-year-old Hattie's bedroom represents her personality perfectly. She painted nearly all of the artwork above her bed herself, "even collaborating with a local artist on one of them. Her bed was a great and cheap thrift store find."
gave it a new life with a sparkly coat of paint.
Hattie's favorite hangout spot.
says, “When we moved [my daughter's] room from a crib to a bed, we knew she needed a night table but didn’t want to go out and buy one, so we pulled out my husband’s old drums to set them up. On top sits a pair of gold piggy banks and a salt lamp.”
Amelia's mini-chair makes me smile. She wanted a room that was "girly, but not too girly." The wall mural is by
. See how her family turned a Dutch church into a home
Darcy and Josh's
13-year-old son wanted a simple room. "He actually thinks we have too much going on in his room. All he needs are his books and some good music."
"Since all the kids' clothing and toys are so colorful, we knew from the start that black, white and grey would be the foundation of the twins' room.
Kevin and Burke
absolutely reached their goal of letting the art be the hero. "Baby's first Warhol and two prints from British illustrator Serge Seidlitz, a childhood friend of David's, provide plenty of color pop."
“We were looking for something big and fun to put on the wall next to the crib. Neither of us wanted anything too ‘babyish.’ When we saw this decal in Pottery Barn Teen we knew it would be perfect! We both enjoy surfing but started later in life so we are not as good as we would like to be/think we are. We are hoping to get our son out on the water earlier.” See all of Jill and Aaron's home
The "Endless Summer" poster is a nod to
Connecticut family's years spent living in California.
Madeline's room might be on the small side, but it contains a huge array of artwork. See the full tour of her parents' colonial
This boys' room is a space to encourage creativity and adventure. A few years ago
made the boys quilts for their beds and she likes to add to their collection of handmade pillows and stuffed animals every occasion that she can.
asked her daughter what color she wanted her room painted, she listed every color imaginable. "I told her I’d see what I could do. So I bought a bunch of the little paint samples and some glaze and did the rainbow thing… a bigger undertaking than I had imagined since I just had to have the colors fade into each other. :) It gave me a lot of bang for so little bucks."
Marlow's bed allows for plenty of storage underneath. Her mother
started with blank canvases in both of her childrens' rooms and then added in pops of their favorite colors.
Roman's thunderbolt duvet is from
Henry & Co Home
. There's something endearing about the imperfect triangle decals below his shelf holding some precious gifts from when
brought him home.
"I wanted my 'littles' to have a room that they could grow in. I was not interested in them growing out of the design in a few years. My lil’ guy and my girl share a room. And yes, it is a real carousel (horse) that was a hand-me-down from a great friend,"
says of her children's room.
Greg and Melissa
slowly collected these vintage items for their son Nash's nursery.
“This is a corner of Hank’s room. He has inherited his parents’ love of yard sale shopping, and already has many, many collections. The boom box was mine as a kid. The octopus came from the Mystic Aquarium.” Full tour
“One wall of the nursery is lined with wood to break up the white-walled space. This baby quilt from
mobile (designed by
Clara von Zweigbergk
) set the color palette for Parker’s room and inspired me to hang one of my
above his crib," Parker's mom Dana says. The rest of their
is pretty great, too.
The mix of colorful patterns on
son's bed is a playful contrast to the calming white walls.
Josh and Thom's room is a fun and bright space. "It's not my usual decorating style, but then again, it's not my room, is it?"
says of her boys' room. Sara cut out planets by Terry Fan and hung them on the painted black wall (in Black Marlin by Resene), complete with hand painted stars and lettering. "It makes the boys feel like they’re drifting in outer space while they drift off!"
Bodhi's room is a constant work in progress with new artwork and fun finds being added weekly, much like the rest of
his family's home
designed this bedroom set herself. "When I was a little girl, I dreamed of a bed like this," she says. The family had the opportunity to renovate so she wanted to give her daughter the comfiest bed imaginable.
snagged the lamp in her son's room from a pig farm, and the wooden box came from a psychiatric hospital.