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Designing a kids bedroom is an exciting yet daunting task — it’s a space that reflects their ever-changing tastes as they grow and develop, while also standing the test of time.

That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and create a room that can grow with your child without breaking the bank.

In this post, we provide some tips and tricks to help you create an on-trend kid’s bedroom that will grow with them.

Let’s get started!

First of all, let me share why we’re updating this bedroom and how we plan to make this space stand the test of time.

Several months ago, my oldest son Gavin was asking for an update to his room.

The overall design we had for his room was intended to grow with him.

It’s not overly themed or childish, but he wanted a larger bed.

Well, Gavin’s room is the smallest of the bedrooms in our home, and with a larger bed in this room, it was just overwhelming.

Fast forward, and we decided to do a room swap, which made my youngest, Aiden super happy.

Both boys are happy about switching rooms, but they each need a new design to suit their individual tastes.

This room for Aiden will need to grow and evolve as he matures and his tastes change.

So today we’ll share our tips for designing a kids bedroom that will grow and evolve with them.

And over the next 8 weeks you’ll see us implement these tips into Aiden’s bedroom.

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Not only are we passionate about making our homes warm, comfortable and unique, but we’re also on a mission to help you create that same feeling in your own home.

We’re all about repurposing, creating, decorating and making your home truly yours, but always on a budget.

And we love finding ways to make your home look high-end on a small budget.

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One Room Challenge

Once again we’re participating in the One Room Challenge as a guest participant.

We’re no strangers to the One Room Challenge, in fact, this is our fifth challenge in a row.

Participating in the ORC has given us lots of opportunities to learn and grow, just take a look at our previous challenges (Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022.)


And this season we’re creating a kid’s bedroom that will grow and evolve along with my son.

As a reminder you can easily navigate through each week of this kid’s bedroom makeover below.

Week 1 you’re here | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

If you’re new here, we’re Michelle and Steph, a mom and daughter team.

You can learn more about us here.

Not only do we love to design and create rooms we love, but we also love to DIY.

As a matter of fact, creating something with our own two hands brings us so much joy and we love sharing that with you!

Involve Kids in the Design Process

First and foremost, you want to create a room they love.

A room that reflects their personality, what they love, and a space where they are comfortable.

Begin with getting a vision of what they would like to see in the space and then look for ways to implement that into the design, while keeping in mind the longevity of the room.

While Aiden’s current obsession is Star Wars, and his room will have accessories with that theme, the bones of this room will remain neutral for easy updates as his style changes.

Aiden really did love his Car themed room for many years, so we did get a lot of mileage out of it!

Little boys car themes bedroom with gallery wall above black painted bed with vintage car parts, photos, checkered flag, car themed bedding.

In fact, the car themed room originally was Gavin’s when he was just a toddler, so it’s held up for 15 years!

Aiden, holding as many cars as he can with his 2 hands, sticks one in his mouth as a 3rd hand.

I just had to share this cute photo of Aiden when he was totally obsessed with cars.

When you can’t hold any more cars in your hands, you just use your mouth!

In this bedroom makeover we’ll be repurposing and transforming this room on a very small budget mainly using paint.

In fact, we plan to stay below $500.

So, we invite you to follow along for the next 8 weeks as we make Aiden’s vision come to life in his bedroom.

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Create a Mood Board

We believe in taking the time to create a mood or inspiration board will greatly help in the design process.

You can do this by clipping ideas an mounting them to a board or paper.

But we prefer saving images from online and creating our mood board in

It’s super easy to use and is free!

Let’s take a look at our inspiration board for his room, along with tips for creating your own kids bedroom that will evolve and grow with them.

Design a kids bedroom to grow with them, design plan with a neutral color scheme for the walls and furniture pieces, the Star Wars theme will be brought into the bedroom with accessories to make this room evolve and grow with the child.

As you can see in this mood board, we’ve included accessories that Aiden will love in his Star Wars themed room.

But we’re keeping the shell of the room and the big pieces neutral.

This way, one day when Aiden decides he’s outgrown Star Wars, the update will be minimal.

Keep Big Pieces Neutral

When designing a kid’s bedroom, it’s important to start with a neutral palette for the basics such as walls, flooring and large furniture pieces.

This allows you to easily change the look and feel of the room by simply swapping out smaller, soft items such as pillows and blankets.

When selecting furniture pieces, opt for those made of sturdy materials that will last through your child’s teenage years.

Consider buying a bed with extra storage space to maximize the room’s functionality— investing in multi-functional pieces helps save space and money in the long run.

Add Personality with Accessories

When it comes to decorating, let your child’s personality and interests shine through.

To make their space feel more inviting, add pops of color with fun accessories like patterned pillows or a soft area rug.

Make sure to choose items that can easily be swapped out as their likes change over time — this will allow them to update the room without having to purchase new furniture.

Finally, don’t forget to add a few personal touches like framed photos or artwork they love.

This will give them a sense of ownership and make their bedroom feel like an extension of who they are.

Choose a Sophisticated Paint Pallet

When it comes to choosing a paint color for your child’s bedroom, opt for a sophisticated palette of neutrals.

This way, you can easily change the feel of the room without having to repaint when their interests and tastes change.

Since kids tend to have more energy than adults, consider using lighter shades such as pastels or white to help create a calming and inviting atmosphere.

For added contrast, you can paint an accent wall, or ceiling in our case, or use a patterned wallpaper in the room.

By using these tips, you can design a kids bedroom that grows with them while also reflecting their personal style and interests.

Keep the basics neutral and pick furniture pieces that will last, then add pops of color with fun accessories.

Create a Workspace

When creating a bedroom for your child, don’t forget to include an area for studying and completing homework.

It’s important to have a dedicated spot where they can focus on their schoolwork without distractions.

Make sure to provide plenty of storage for books and supplies, and equip the area with necessary items like a lamp and pen holder.

This will help your child stay focused on their studies and ensure they have everything they need in one spot.

Before shot of bedroom, designed with a kelly green and white striped ceiling, industrial wall shelves with built-in desk. navy blue bedding and an industrial light fixture.

This is what the bedroom looked like before Gavin brought in the larger bed.

What Aiden loved most about this room was the desk and shelves!

That will be staying in the room, but freshened up, so that it’s not quite as rustic.

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Incorporate Creative Storage Solutions

Incorporating creative storage solutions is an important part of creating a functional and organized kids bedroom.

Look for innovative ways to maximize the space, such as installing shelves or using baskets and bins for extra storage.

Girls bedroom design to grow with them. Navy blue accent wall, build-in shelves with a desk area, navy blue closet doors, natural wood dresser, french day bed with blue and blush bedding.

When we redesigned Ellie’s room, we added in built-in storage and much needed desk space, and created a room that will grow with her as well.

If your kids’ bedroom has limited floor space, look for items that can be hung on the walls or stacked vertically like bookshelves.

This will help keep the space tidy and make sure everything has a designated spot.

By following these tips, you can easily create a bedroom that fits your child’s needs as they grow up and their tastes change.

The Bottom Line

Designing a bedroom for your child doesn’t have to be difficult.

By keeping the basics neutral, buying furniture pieces that last, and using creative storage solutions, you can create a room that will grow with them.

Incorporate pops of color with fun accessories like pillows or rugs and don’t forget to add personal touches like framed photos or artwork they love.

With these tips in mind, you can create an on-trend bedroom that grows with your child without breaking the bank!

We invite you to follow along over the next 8 weeks and see how we implement these ideas in Aiden’s bedroom makeover.

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Again, we’re so excited to transform this bedroom into Aiden’s dream room.

And if you’re working with a small bedroom, you’ll want to see 16 ways you can make a small bedroom look bigger.

Please follow along to watch the progress each week!

Also remember to check out the many other room transformations taking place on the One Room Challenge blog.

Surely you’ll be inspired with countless design styles and creative ideas.

Do you have any suggestions for creating a kids bedroom that will evolve over time?

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  1. Ginger

    I am, once again, trilled to be watching this ORC! You two will never know much how you inspire me in tackling my rooms here. I love watching the process. Only two wishes: 1) You were close enough to come by to give me advice and encouraging words, and 2) I had your knowledge and skills with construction processes and power tools. Can’t wait to see the end results!!

    1. Stephanie

      Thank you Ginger, you just made our day! That makes us so happy to know you’ll be following along on our ORC this season. Have a wonderful day!

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