When decorating a kids room, obnoxiously colored walls don’t have to be your first step.
In fact, we believe that keeping walls white or gray and adding in smaller bits of color gives you even more possibilities to make a kids room creative and playful. That, and it will keep you from repainting when they outgrow lime green or Barbie pink walls in three years. Trust us.
When it comes to finding colorful accents, first consider what your child already has. Children’s books and stuffed animals are often fun colors, so put them in a place that doubles as decor. Wall decals, bedding, and rugs all can add color and pattern to a kids room, but can be easily changed with age.
Here are 28 ideas for a neutral-based kids room:
Image: Danielle Sykes Photography
This kids room comes to life with shelving that showcases a children’s book collection. This makes the books easier to access, looks organized, and the covers add bright colors to an otherwise neutral room. Once the kids are grown, swapping out the toys and books for other accent pieces is simple.
Image: Drom Living
Diamond Removable Wallpaper
This pick of diamond removable wallpaper adds a bit of whimsy but looks adult enough to redecorate the room for a growing girl.
Image: Urbanology Designs
A few triangles go a long way on these white walls. With an all black, white and wood color palette, this room remains youthful with cartoonish accent pieces. Where can we get a big cloud pillow for ourselves?
Image: Mae Mae Studios
Vibrant Furniture and Accessories
This bedframe is a funky statement piece that says “big girl” without saying “too big”. A decal, a floral pillow, and touches of color make this kids room sweet and simple.
Image: Stewart Interiors
The collection of children’s books and mixing of patterns on this bed compliment the cool tones in the rest of the kids room, leading to a youthful-yet-sophisticated style.
Image: NICHE home styling
Touches of Turquoise
The bedframe, the curtains, the record player — the details in this modern bohemian bedroom make it bold without being overwhelming. We love the sheets, too.
Image: holder design associates
The New Nautical
This bed is literally stacked, and we love it. Nautical goes whimsical while a pile of patterns on a bright white canvas. The blueprints in their yellow frames complement the space perfectly.
A mix of geometric prints, a flying washi tape airplane, and a few knick-knacks turn this kids room into a space to dream and create.
The accents of triangles, stripes, and circles in this room add interest and playfulness to this Scandinavian space.
Image: Artspace Interiors
All About Orange
Someone loves foxes, and we love this room. Though highly modern, the wood paneling, teepee-style bookshelf, and “tent bed” make this room positively kiddish and outdoorsy.
Image: B Interior
If there’s one example of the power of accent pieces, this is it. Throw blankets and pillows bring out the colors of a tropical print, and the result is a kids room as tranquil as the beach itself.
Image: A! Emotional
Room for Three
When three’s company, the room needs to be good. Platform and lofted beds save space and look simple, leaving accent pieces such as books and pillows to create the kid-vibes.
Nautical styles often take on a stuffy and elite aesthetic. This kids room changed that with a with a neon orange desk and accent pieces.
Space to dream
Even without the diamond wallpaper, the sweet collection of pillows and stuffed animals under this dreamy canopy would make almost any kid love naptime.
Image: Hancock Architects
Touches of Love
Tiny bits of red go a long way in this bedroom. Every accent piece is dainty and adds a tiny bit of color. Except the bear.
Image: Youthful Nest
Though the walls are neutral, this room is packed with colors and patterns that pop. Even teenage girls wouldn’t mind sharing this room.
Image: Create Construction
Go for Garland
Pink textiles and a strand of feminine garland are all this gray room needs to become the perfect place for a growing girl.