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Your Kids Bedroom Ideas

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Three inspirational kids’ bedrooms designed by you.

Thank you to everyone who shared their fantastic bedroom creations with us. From circus-inspired big tops to a cosy fairytale reading nook, we’ve rounded up three brilliantly creative examples to inspire you to give your kids’ spaces a revamp this summer.

Amy Watson Turner’s Circus Bedroom

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Roll up, roll up! Go big, bold and bright by bringing the playful energy of the fair to your kids’ bedroom with a circus-inspired big top ceiling effect like Amy created for her little ones. Here, she shares her top tips.

Difficulty: 4 out of 5
Time: Weekend

Step 1: ‘Before you start, decide how wide you want your stripes to be; this will give you a rough starting point for calculations to see how many stripes there will be in your room (we went for 35cm at the widest point). Measure the perimeter of the room, divide it by two and then divide by the size you are after. You will then get a rough number to work with in terms of how big your stripes need to be to mark up the edge of the ceiling. Do not skip this part! Equally sized stripes are vital to the effect. It’s all in the preparation.’ Amy says.

Step 2: ‘Find the middle point of the ceiling and mark it – this is the starting point for your tape – all stripes must lead to this. Do not scrimp on masking tape. You need sharp lines to achieve the desired effect. I used frog tape for delicate surfaces (as I had painted the ceiling with White Cotton before the red and didn't want this ruined).’

Step 3: ‘Double-check you have an even number of stripes before you start painting and then mark each of the red stripes with a small dab of paint before starting.’

Step 4: ‘Remove the tape as soon as you have completed the second coat of Pepper Red paint (it will still be wet). This will help achieve the crisp lines on the stripes for the best effect.’

Step 5: Ta-da! ‘Revel in everyone's amazement at what you have done! Our ceiling can be seen from the street and often gets remarks on school runs and when people see it in person for the first time. I am so proud of the overall look. My children will still be sleeping in a circus room until they leave home!’

Bonus tip: ‘I used Dulux White Cotton on the walls to match the ceiling and then added a few further circus elements in co-ordinating colours, keeping the palette very simple. Bedding, bunting and a few framed circus pictures or children's paintings are enough to enhance the theme without the room seeming crowded and overwhelming,’ says Amy.

Playful and full of energy, kids love the circus, especially the moments of surreal, slapstick comedy. For many children, this type of humour is the first they really understand and like. This delightful room is the perfect way to bring that feeling into your kids’ bedroom.

Watch our how-to video to find out how to create this effect.


Add to the circus theme with these accessories.

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1.     Bed frame, Ikea

2.     A letter light, I Love Retro

3.     Bed sheets, Tesco

4.     Bed linen fabric, John Lewis

5.     Red bunting, Molly Meg

6.     Red trolley, Uber Kids

7.     Clown outfit, Party Delights

8.     Books, Stylist's own

9.     Rabbit, Stylist's own

10. Panda, Ikea

11. Star rugs, Cox & Cox

12. Shoes, Primark

13. Hula hoops, Stylist's own

14. Side table, Eero-Aarnio

15. Popcorn holder, Tiger

16. Pom poms, Ikea and DZD

Louise Ashford-Williams’ City Skyline Bedroom

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Searching for kids’ bedroom ideas for small rooms and big rooms? Be a decorating hero like Louise and transform your little superhero’s room into a city skyline metropolis ready for epic play.

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

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Step 1: ‘To get started, you need to map out your skyline! The easiest way to achieve this is by mapping out your outline with masking or decorators tape to get that perfect finish.’

Step 2: ‘Apply the paint, allowing each coat to dry fully. Carefully remove the tape as you don't want the paint to peel off with it.’

Step 3: ‘Even though it's a bedroom, we still used Dulux Bathroom+ paint on the lower buildings. It was the right shade and it's also easy to wipe clean from any grubby fingers!’

Toni Isaac’s Fairytale Reading Nook

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Looking for children’s fairytale bedroom design ideas? Reading time gets a fairy godmother transformation with this DIY project. Sit together with your little one under this whimsical reading tree. Here’s how Toni created this fairy-themed bedroom:

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

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Step 1: ‘First I hung the pom poms using different tones of pinks, blues and whites to break the colours up a bit.’

Step 2: ‘Then using a matt brown, I painted the tree. To make the tree stand out more, I used artificial tree branches that I'd ordered from eBay. Then I added artificial flowers that you can buy almost anywhere to help give the tree some colour.’

Step 3: ‘Then I added details to the shading and used different shades of green for the leaves. I added a fairy door to give it a more magical feeling for my daughter. Sometimes when she keeps her bedroom tidy, the fairies will come and visit, leaving little gifts outside the door!’

Read more about how to create your own storybook themed bedroom.

Kids’ hotel-inspired bedroom ideas

Searching for fun children’s bedroom décor ideas? Check out these out-of-the-ordinary kid-friendly hotel rooms and use our design tips to recreate them at home.

Georgian House Hotel, London

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Little wizards should stay at the Georgian House Hotel in London in their (unofficially) Hogwarts-inspired rooms. Double rooms with breakfast included start from £269, www.georgianhousehotel.co.uk.

Get the look

If you don't already have a big, old dark wooden door to set the scene, create a cosy room with fresh, white linen sheets and pepper cushions in regal Harry Potter approved colours like deep reds and tartan patterns.

Legoland Hotel, Windsor

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Walk the plank with your mini shipmates all the way to The Legoland Hotel in Windsor where the rooms are decked out with three different room themes: kingdom, adventure, and the Pirate Themed Room. Rooms with theme park access and breakfast start from £225, https://www.legolandholidays.co.uk/.

Get the look

Deck your kids room with pirate bedding and curtains like this Treasure Quest printed duvet set from Terry's Fabrics.

The Manta Resort, Zanzibar

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This room at The Manta Resort is great to get the inspiration clogs ticking for children’s themed bedroom ideas – especially for your budding sea divers. The once-in-a-lifetime underwater resort starts at $1500, https://themantaresort.com/.

Get the look

Make a splash in their bedroom and nurture their love for aquatic life with a striking faceted underwater paint effect. Read the How to Achieve an Underwater Themed Bedroom step-by-step guide using Dulux Endurance+ Matt paint. It's an exceptionally tough paint that stands up to the rough and tumble of busy lives. Its Diamond Tough formulation allows you to wash away stains without damaging your paint finish.

The positive impact of involving kids in décor decisions

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Decorating a kids’ room isn’t just about how the finished space looks. It’s about the experience you and your child undergo throughout the process – and their feelings of pride and ownership in their new-look bedroom they helped to create. Here’s what happened when we gave a little girl free rein to design her own bedroom…

Find more real kids’ bedroom inspiration in our Kids’ Bedrooms Facebook gallery. Or click here to see more kids' bedrooms articles.

Try out our Kids' Bedroom Tool to find out which theme your child will love and download the Dulux Kids' Bedroom Workbook to get started.

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