You're only a kid once. Why not indulge your little ones—and keep them out of your hair—by creating a bedroom they want to spend time in? Don't go run-of-the-mill. Kid's decor has moved beyond the cartoon bedding and basic bunk beds you remember—these days that sort of stuff is boring.
Instead, opt for unique elements that will have you and your kid bragging to friends about their awesome room.
A great play area will have your kids begging to be sent to their bedroom. This jaw-dropping design by Steve Kull features a pirate ship that's accessed by a rope bridge. A contained play area also means your child can create chaos and you don't have to look at any of the mess. This room is so cool, you might be tempted to play in it yourself, even when the kids aren't home.
Siblings who share a room still need their own space. This sleek double nook gives each child a space to hang out and play on their own. It's a brilliant way to eliminate fights over who gets to put their toys where. As a bonus, little retro touches like the funky coat rack and geometric printed pillows make this room fun without feeling overly child-like - a definite win-win.
This safari bedroom by Mimolimit is a great example of how to give a kid's room a strong theme without making it feel too cutesy. In fact, many elements in this room's design, like the canopy bed and the off-beat chair, will carry the look through their teenage years.
Unique doesn't need to mean splashy. It also means knowing how to combine really great vintage elements into a cohesive design. This baby's room mixes homemade wall hangings with a mix of vintage furniture pieces. The result is a room that's super funky, but still feels personal.
Who says a bedroom fit for a pint-sized princess needs to be drowning in shades of pink? This twist on a little girl's room feels regal thanks to the canopy beds and a carved wall hanging.
Don't forget about the tweens in your life—often the toughest ones to please. Make them feel like they scored the room of their dreams by outfitting it with a combination of unusual shapes and textures.
When designing any child's room, don't forget to leave space for them to make it personal with paintings, drawings and photographs of friends. Those are the final elements that make any room truly rock.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown