Five Ways to Style A Kid's Bedroom
If there’s one thing to know about how to style a kid's bedroom, is that rules are there are no rules. We talked about it with the launch of our Sheridan Kids Collection, and it rings just as true this season. The fact is, there’s a lot of fun to be found in creating a space for your little one where they can grow, play and dream — for years, and many adventures, to come.
However, there is always the challenge that what they may love now, might fall out of favour in a week or two (put the feature wall can of paint away, stat). There are also limitations in terms of size, and practicality, and if you’re living in a rental — well, it might limit you to whether or not you can use blue-tack on the walls.
So if you’re wondering how to balance the fun with the functional for your little one’s space, we have a list of kids bedroom ideas you can easily implement — as soon as today (provided it passes their stamp of approval).
1. A Bed Frame That Suits The Space
Before you get to the stylish bit of styling, you need to start with the foundations — furniture. And the most important piece of furniture in your kid's bedroom? The bed itself.
If their room is on the smaller size, consider a loft bed. A modern choice for your kids bed, Maximising the floor space, the area underneath can be used as a study space, play corner, teepee set up or even a lounge area. Or if height isn’t their thing, a bed frame with storage underneath is ideal for keeping their bedroom clean and uncluttered.
Got a social butterfly on your hands? Try out a trundle bed — a two-for-one deal, quite literally. Perfect for all the sleepovers they’ll hold as they get older; saving you from trying to uncover — and then blow up — the old air mattress.
Something in simple wood or a neutral colourway is your best bet — as fun as that race car bed might be now, we almost guarantee they’ll grow out of it in a few years.
2. Bring in Bright Bedding
Here’s where you can start with the ‘how’ of styling a kid's bedroom. In fact, bedding sets the tone for the entire room — it really does act as the centrepiece of their space. And it’s a quick and simple task to do.
Look for bright colours with bold patterns; like our Bloomie Quilt Cover and its statement floral design. If your kid has a green thumb or just loves the outdoors, our Ruthie Quilt Cover and its daisy design bring sunshine to a space.
But the fun doesn’t have to stop there — our Kids Collection is designed to be mixed and matched, so you can pair it with sheet sets that also add impact. Whether that’s the self-descriptive Daisy Fields set, the classic awning stripe on Jamiee or the adventurous and outdoorsy Summer Holidays set.
3. Lean Into Layering
So you’ve got a few patterns on the one bed — there’s no reason you can’t add more (no rules, remember?). In fact, layering these different designs and adding rich textures throughout is a key ingredient when it comes to modern kids' bedding.
Together, you and your kid can come up with a colour idea for their bedroom — whether a singular favourite colour, a few different ones or a more overarching theme. And items like blankets and bed covers can assist you here.
If you’ve gone with a green, our Adventure Travel Blanket or Lexy Throw in pea can add extra colour. Style nonchalantly across a corner of the bed — or, no doubt at some point, it’ll end up thrown or strewn that way, anyway.
Offering double the styling opportunities, reversible blankets like our Kids Fairsky Blanket — with a royal blue or light peach side — or our Kids Reversible Blanket (it’s in the name), with a banana yellow or lilac shade.
4. Add Personality Through Accessories
So maybe you’re not able to — or you’re just not willing to — blue-tack posters up, or nail dreamcatchers to the wall. But there are numerous other ideas for styling your kid's bedroom that don’t involve a potentially permanent change to the painting.
Start with something as simple as a rug — protecting that floorboard, but also another avenue to add pattern and colour play. You can even layer multiple options, in different shapes and a variety of textures for a relaxed look.
Other accessories that don’t require permanence include bunting — whether in flag form or pompom form — that can be hung from a bed frame, or along a chest of drawers. If your kid’s a bit older (i.e., can navigate plugs and cords), fairy lights are always a winner.
If you’re desperate to display art, consider standing it upright on top of a chest of drawers — you can style multiple that way. If they have open storage cubes, or a bookcase, in their space, this can double as a display cabinet for toys, trinkets, trophies and more.
5. Create a Kids Corner
So it’s kinda common knowledge that our bed should just be for sleeping — not every other task on our plates (working, eating, social media scrolling). Even sleep experts say we need to associate our bed with sleep (and nothing else).
And this is something we can implement from a young age — by creating a “play” area for kids, that has nothing to do with their bed. A great idea for your kid's bedroom is to create a “kids corner”; a dedicated area for reading, playing, dreaming, games and more.
You could arrange a teepee in one corner of their bedroom, or even style a Sheridan sheet as a tent a la Geneva Vanderzeil. The most important thing is that it’s comfortable for them. Reuse old pillows and quilts as padding, ones that have been stored away in the back of your linen cupboard, that haven’t seen the light of day in months.
And on top, for another “how-to” of kid’s bedroom styling? Cushions, cushions galore. Brimming with personality, add our Honey Pear, Hobbes or Watermelon Slice Kids Cushion to the pile — perfect for potential pillow fights, as well.