Go to Your Room!

We searched the country for kids' rooms full of creative ideas to steal for your own child's space. You may never be able to send her there as punishment again.

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A Bright and Modern Girl's Bedroom

Zachary Johnson

A Bright and Modern Girl's Bedroom

Rachelle Francey, mother of 5-year-old Kenzie, is no stranger to kids' design. She runs a blog, Kenziepoo.com, all about design for the pre-K set.

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Zachary Johnson

Francey used her curator's eye and some clever DIY to create a refreshingly modern space for Kenzie.

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Wallpapering only one wall gives a pop of pattern for a fraction of the cost of a whole room. Harlequin paper, fermliving.com.

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Avery Powell

A family friend used boards and brackets to make Kenzie's modern desk. Washi tape creates a quick and easy gallery wall above the desk.

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A rainbow-hued banner adds a splash of color to a whitewashed room. Hip Hooray EcoGarlands, maromeria.com.

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For a modern bed that is similar to Kenzie's, try Sodura's Aero Toddler Bed, moderntots.com.

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Playful Playroom

Annie Schlechter

Playful Playroom

With the addition of a floor-to-ceiling wall mural, a narrow room was transformed into a whimsical metropolis for brothers, ages 7 and 4, in New York City.

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This drawing by Incorporated Architecture and Design was digitized and sent to Duggal Visual Solutions, duggal.com, which printed it on self-adhesive vinyl to create a custom wall covering. Get a similar look with WallCandy Arts' French Bull City wall stickers.

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Avery Powell

Carpet tiles are a kid-friendly alternative to traditional carpeting; you can replace a single square if it gets damaged, instead of ripping up an entire rug.

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Wonderworld's zebra, lion, and giraffe chairs are reminiscent of the boys' animal chairs.

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Big-Boy Lair

Annie Schlechter

Big-Boy Lair

In the 7-year-old's room, DwellStudio.com's Cars Dove Wallpaper is a bold backdrop to furnishings that will grow with him into young adulthood.

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Avery Powell

More stylish car wallpapers: Around Town Sidewall, yorkwall.com; Transport by Albany Kids, wallpaperdirect.com.

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Avery Powell

Mimic this bedding style. Nautica Chatham Quilt, bedbathandbeyond.com; Red Bus Cushion, etsy.com/shop/buttonowlboutique.

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Bin-style shelving is the perfect cross between a toy box and a bookshelf. These are similar to the unit shown. Bulk Bins, potterybarnkids.com.

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A Bohemian Retreat

Chris Plavidal

A Bohemian Retreat

When it came time to update her daughter's little-girl bedroom, Joslyn Taylor called on a friend, interior designer Janet Gridley, to help with the transformation. Mom and her pal asked the almost tween what she wanted and created a bright, laid-back space based on her desires.

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Dad constructed the bed canopy from copper pipe bought at a hardware store. The mosquito-net curtains are similar to these Siam Canopy ones shown above, macys.com.

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Avery Powell

The wall color is Sherwin-Williams Belize (SW 6945), sherwin-williams.com for stores.

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West Elm's Window daybed was sanded, primed, and spray-painted gold for a luxe look.

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Pier 1 offers a budget- friendly hanging basket chair: the Swingasan. For a similar pouf, try this faux-leather ottoman, landofnod.com.

Originally published in the March 2014 issue of Parents magazine.

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