As the only space they can truly call their own, a nursery should allow them to escape and feel inspired. It is challenging to design a bedroom for children without it ever becoming too youthful or mature. The most brilliant bedrooms embody the whimsy of childlike wonder with the discipline and style of a designer or design-loving parent.
The key lies in playing the creativity in your child’s bedroom and making sure everything feels organized. Don’t be afraid to lean towards your colorful side by using bold paint tones to cover the walls and vibrant fabric patterns on curtains, pillows, bedding and more. Treat your child’s drawings as the masterpieces they are and frame them on the walls for all to see. And most importantly, make sure there’s plenty of storage space to hide all those Legos and dolls once playtime is over.
Ready to start decorating with your kids? Check out these awesome and cool nursery ideas from the best designers in the country to help you through the process. They can even inspire you to add a little youthful energy to your own bedroom.
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Painted walls of yellow cabins let the sun into Summer and Josh Thornton’s son’s room at their Chicago mansion. A 1973 screen print by Reis & Manwaring adds an extra touch of artistic inspiration to the room. Henredon’s side table takes the decor to the next level and offers storage space for different types of toys.
A velvet pink headboard, geometric wallpaper and ruffles combine to create the feminine dream bedroom for the daughter of designer Janie Jones. A delicate reading light (Circa Lighting) and soft linens (Matouk) provide the coziest landing spot for a little light reading before bed.
A child’s room is not complete without a desk to do homework – and a trendy lava lamp. In this Pebble Beach girls room by interior decorator Mary McDonald, cotton twill curtains (Pierre Frey) trimmed with a jagged opal bobble border (Houles) frame the incredible views of neighboring vistas. Playful birds fly over the walls in a wallpaper that McDonald designed for Schumacher.
The classic red, white, and blue palette has never felt more youthful than in this Upper East Side nursery from designer Chiqui Woolworth. The tomato red trim (Kravet) and a painted wrought iron chandelier energize the watery tones on the bedding and valance.
This fairytale nursery in a 100-year-old Atlanta home showcases Melanie Turner’s ability to make a monochromatic color palette so exciting. The faux-tented ceiling and walls are lined with a crisp, apricot-colored fabric (perennials). An Italian ceramic camel sits on a multicolored chevron carpet (Missoni).
It’s hard to choose between the top or bottom bunk in this Palmer Weiss-designed bedroom when both offer impeccable views of Big Sky, Montana’s Rocky Mountain landscape. Wire-brushed white oak paneling envelops the room with bunk beds and connects it to the woodland landscape. The bedding is from Serena & Lily.
Although her family’s cottage is on Long Island, Today show co-host Jenna Bush Hager brought elements of Texas into the interior. Portraits of Texas-born Natalie Erwin hang above her daughters’ single beds, each dressed in linens by a different Longhorn State designer, Bailey McCarthy (Biscuit).
Designers Maryline Damour and Mel Jones Jr. by Damour Drake transformed the upstairs sitting room of the Kips Bay Show House into an imaginative nursery. Artistic clouds by Sienna Martz float across the ceiling like a mobile, while a custom desk and chair provide the ideal corner for art projects.
For the children’s room at the Kips Bay Show House, Shelly Rosenberg wanted to emphasize how a room can be progressive while being fully functional for someone with special needs. A hanging rattan swing (Serena & Lily) demonstrates the importance of sensory design, as Rosenberg explains that swings can be used to calm a frustrated child. The custom-made lounger is covered with Yves Delorme bed linen.
Wishing for a star is a daily occurrence in this cozy nursery from San Francisco-based designer Marea Clark. A night sky wallpaper from Cole & Son sparkles over a riot of flowers on Coco & Wolf bedding. The walls have a calm paint color (Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue), while a white floral lamp from Stray Dog Designs adds a touch of playfulness.
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