Coolest Kids Bedrooms: 8 Awesome Ways to Create

 Kid-Friendly Décor: Coolest kids bedroom ideas

Craving ideas to create the coolest kids bedrooms around? Well we’ve got eight easy, affordable, and fabulous decorating strategies to make it happen. Having learned a lot about decorating in the past few years, I knew exactly where to find what I needed. Better Homes & Gardens products at Walmart offer the usability and versatility to create the perfect new space for my boys.

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Coolest kids bedrooms with neutral decor for any age

Roan and Reese had long outgrown their bedroom décor. The room was originally inspired by bedding I purchased when my youngest was just two years old, which was ten years ago. Obviously, it was time to transform their room. This time around I wanted to be smart about my decorating choices. Their room needs to be able to grow with them. My goal? To give them one of the coolest kids bedrooms, one they will love for years to come.


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1. Pick a Neutral Color Palette

  • When decorating kids spaces think long-term.
  • Pick a neutral color palette so they can grow with the room instead of growing out of it.
  • Create a neutral base in things like walls and furniture.
  • Even though paint isn’t expensive it is labor intensive.
  • If you crave color, we recommend adding color in the accessories.

Here’s a view of the color palette that I chose ten years ago.


Before photo shows bright colors and clutter

Bright colors for boys room needs updating over time

The first step was to update these walls. I wanted a neutral paint color. Since this room doesn’t get a lot of natural light, I made sure to select a room-brightening shade. The shade of gray I chose is not too cool and not too warm. Just a subtle shade of gray to play off the white trim and decor

New Paint Color: Platinum by Behr

As you can see below the paint color made a HUGE difference in creating a cleaner look. The entire room became instantly brighter. The new walls provided the ideal blank slate for a whole new vibe.

Fresh gray paint gives neutral palette for kids room

The Power of Paint

My boys’ room had become a safe haven for hand-me-down pieces over the years. We cleared away clutter and donated lots of books to the local library. My goal was to keep only the essentials. The boys and I decided they didn’t need their desk anymore. We decided to keep the two small bookshelves. They provide valuable storage for the remaining books and a few of their favorite collections. In my efforts to continue to lighten and brighten the room, I painted the bookcases. Now they look brand new and perfect for their new room.

Designer Tips:

  • Paint is a foolproof way to re-purpose old furniture.
  • Whether you choose regular latex paint or chalk paint you can easily breathe new life into old furniture with just a couple coats and a few hours.
  • Before you start painting give careful consideration to every piece of furniture to determine if it is really needed.

2. Add Wallpaper to Create the Coolest Kids Bedrooms

  • Adding a feature wall is an easy way to add style
  • Peel and stick wallpaper is a great new option
  • Easy to hang
  • Affordable
  • This peel and stick paper took less time that it would have to paint two coats of paint
  • Super durable (made of vinyl)
  • Walls wipe clean with a damp cloth, which is a bonus for kids’ rooms
  • Easily removed, unlike traditional pasted papers.

Note: If your walls have texture, peel and stick wallpaper may not work. 

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new beds and fresh paint make an easy kids bedroom makeover

3. Choose Fun Pillows to Create the Coolest Kids Bedrooms

Why we LOVE pillows so much:

  • Effortless decorating.
  • Relatively inexpensive, especially if you shop Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. Their prices are unbeatable.
  • Fun. Add character and whimsy to a space.
  • Versatile. Move them around for a fresh look.
  • Seasonal. Swap them out for holidays and seasons.
  • No Commitment. Play with pattern and color without high cost or commitment.
    • You may not want to paint Big Bird on the wall, but a big Bird pillow is an easy YES.
    • Create a neutral backdrop and add color/pattern with pillow accents.
  • Don’t forget floor space. Kids love hanging out on the floor. Add pillows to the floor to create an inviting cozy place to sit.

twin beds are focal point for boys bedroom decor

Cool Kids bedroom with neutral colors, mixed patterns and fun pillows

4. Play with Pattern to Create the Coolest Kids Bedrooms

Designer Tips to Create the COOL factor:

  • Another fun way to add style and creativity to a child’s room is to add pattern with rugs, curtains and fabrics.
  • This modern rug from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart is the perfect choice. Do you see how much style it adds? I laid it down and literally saw the room transform. Can you say worth it?
  • I love how it lightens up the dull carpet, adds texture and pattern while still keeping the room neutral.
  • How to keep the black and white and neutral theme interesting? Play with patterns like buffalo plaid in the bedding, organic pattern in the Moroccan inspired rug and diamond prints in the pillows.
  • Define areas in your room by adding rugs, even layering them over existing wall-to-wall carpet as I did here.

Coolest kids bedrooms are easy and affordable

5. Use Baskets to Create the Coolest Kids Bedrooms

Baskets & Bins Combine Function & Style:

  • One of the best ways to update a kids bedroom is to find ways of storing toys and managing potential clutter.
  • Adding baskets is a great way to do this and keep things organized for real life.
  • I love these Better Homes & Gardens Fabric Cube Storage Bins. They are incredibly versatile, easily fit in all of their cube storage units, and come in an assortment of colors, textures and patterns.
  • And what looks ideal under the window? The Better Homes & Gardens 4-Cube Organizer Storage Bench of course. It fits the space and looks awesome.
  • In addition, it functions as the perfect storage solution. We are big fans of this versatile, affordable piece.

Easy bedroom decorating and organizing tips

6. Add Cool Lighting

  • Don’t forget about the power of lighting.
  • These gooseneck wall sconces add just the right amount of detail to play up the modern farmhouse vibe we love.

Designer Tip:

No need to hardwire your wall lights these days. Simply secure your lights to the wall and add battery-operated puck lights instead. They may not light up the whole room, but they give off enough light to highlight the signs. Most importantly they work, and they look great.

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Boys bedroom decorating ideas are easy and affordable

It’s All in the Details

Once the wallpaper was up and the walls were painted the room was definitely bright, but it felt a bit sterile. Bringing the wood tones back in with the sign and the wood lamp really helped warm up the space. The warmth of the wood added a rustic, organic vibe that makes the signature farmhouse style so cozy and inviting. This lamp by Better Homes & Gardens is made of a rich honey-toned wood that looks hand-crafted. I love it.

boys bedroom makeover with neutral palette and buffalo plaid

7. Focus on the Beds for the Coolest Kids Bedrooms

Stylish Bed Frames

Every room needs a focal point. The obvious choice for a bedroom is the bed. Therefore, replacing my boys’ mismatched wood beds was very important. When I found these black vintage inspired metal framed beds I knew they were perfect. The style set the tone for the whole room. They fit my budget.

And they created the modern farmhouse style I wanted.

Highest Quality Mattresses

In addition to updating the bed frames I also wanted to upgrade the comfort and feel of the beds. I turned to Better Homes & Gardens for their amazing selection of high-quality mattresses. They have a mattress style suited for everyone, no matter how picky you are or what sleep issues you have. Each of my sons has very different needs. So, we carefully selected a mattress to fit them and their unique preferences.

Reese is an athlete who works out hard and pushes his muscles to their limit. He also runs very hot. He wanted an extra soft mattress that would help keep him cool at night. Together we chose Better Homes & Gardens Peaceful Purity Charcoal Gel Memory Foam Mattress.

For my older son, Roan, he wanted something that was soft but firm. We chose Better Homes & Gardens Peaceful Comfort Memory Foam Mattress, which he is loving. There is nothing quite like a high-quality memory foam to feel the perfect amount of support and comfort all at once.

My boys are just entering their teen years. Therefore, sleep is more important than ever. I am happy to say that since we got the new mattresses, they have not been arguing about their bed times or asking to sleep in their sleeping bags next to the dogs like they used to. They are jumping into bed and thanking me. Score a win for mom.

budget decorating ideas for coolest kids bedrooms

coolest kids bedroom budget decor ideas

8. Add Personalized Details to Create the Coolest Kids Bedrooms

After creating a clean, neutral backdrop it was time to make it special. Especially for kids rooms it’s important to personalize the space. At this point I asked for my boys’ input.

  • What about special name signs above your beds?
  • What if we include middle names?
  • Or maybe just initials?

They really loved being consulted. Based on our color palette and the boys’ choices we came up with these. We really think they turned out great. And the proof? Roan and Reese love their signs.

Decorate kids bedroom with neutrals and patterns


Kids bedroom makeover with neutrals, patterns and texture

Create the Coolest Kids Bedrooms: You’ve Got This

We all remember what it was like, don’t we? As kids, your room is your universe. It really is.

I still remember. It was the summer going into 7th grade when we built an addition onto our house and Julie and I got a brand-new room. The best part? Our mom gave us 100% say in the colors we wanted. We chose a golden yellow for the walls and a thick shag carpet in a deep shade of brown. We thought it was so sophisticated. It didn’t matter, because to us it was.

Our advice? Get them involved. Ask their opinions. You don’t have to put them in charge to make them feel like they have a say. Children don’t necessarily need to be hired as “decorator” for them to feel like the room is theirs. Involving my boys in the selection of their mattresses and their signs gave them just the right amount of “ownership.”

The other key to a successful room refresh is this: You don’t have to spend a lot to make it special. Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart products provide style and affordability, so you don’t have to choose one or the other.

You’ve got this.

Happy decorating,

jodie & julie



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  1. Debbie says:

    All I can say is OMG!!! Jodie you did an amazing job!! Every little detail adds to the beauty of this space. I can’t pick just one thing I like because I love it all! Picture perfect. Magazine ready!! I bet you boys love it!! What a gorgeous job momma!! ❤️❤️😍👍👊💪👏

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Oh My Sweet Debbie! You are the best. Thank you for such a kind reply. I am pleased with how it turned out. It was a daunting project which makes it all thee more rewarding to see the transformation. So glad you enjoyed the blog post. Blessings, Jodie & Julie

  2. Jenny says:

    Looove. So you made the name signs?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      The name signs were made for me. Head to my Instagram. I will be sharing details about the company this week on my stories. I will be showcasing the signs in a soon-to-come IG post as well. I’m in love with them. All the best, Jodie & Julie

      • Lisa says:

        I cannot seem to locate the information on your Instagram about the signs. Any chance you could please share this information again or lead me to the correct location?
        Thanks so much!

        • jjdesigntwins says:

          The maker stopped making the signs, that’s why you can’t find the info. Sorry about that. They are very cool.

          • Christina Schipul says:

            What size are those signs above the bed. I found one like it

          • jjdesigntwins says:

            Hi Christina,
            These are 25″ x 25″. Thanks for reading our blog. We hope you continue to get lots of fun ideas here. Best wishes, Jodie & Julie

  3. Bunnie says:

    It turned out so cute, I can see why they love it.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw thank you so much Bunnie. Yes, the boys are happy, dad is happy, and mama is happy. A fresh, CLEAN space for them to enjoy until they leave for college (hopefully)! thanks for the reply, Jodie & Julie

  4. Debby says:

    Incredible makeover! Love the blacks and whites! The shiplap wallpaper sets off the entire room. Im not sure if my boys would want a fake plant in their room but it sure looks good from a decorating standpoint!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Dear Debby, Thank you so kindly my friend. It means a lot. Love how it showcases my strong belief that on trend stylish decor does not need to cost a lot! And it just feels good to accomplish a project that I knew needed to happen. Thanks again. Julie & I sure hope you continue to enjoy our blog. Blessings, Jodie & Julie

  5. Crystal says:

    I asked some questions on your Instagram and you helpfully referred me to this blog post- thank you so much! For some reason I didn’t know y’all had a blog! I am still trying to watch your show but it’s not on the Up & Up app 🙁

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Crystal, Well we are so glad you enjoyed our blog! It’s confusing though. We don’t have a tv show. Those are different women. We have had our name The Design Twins, on Instagram and our website for 5 years and 3 years but they created the tv show recently and used our name. Now there are quite a few people confused. It’s a fun show, though, and they are quite talented. Anyway, thank you again. All the best, Jodie & Julie

  6. Kimi Clark says:

    Hi Julie & Jody, I absolutely love that your makeovers include furniture and decor that are affordable for most people and can be found at stores like Walmart. It gives those of us with small budgets hope that we can create a home we love without breaking the bank. You ladies are awesome! <3

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Kimi, We are so, so happy to hear this! This is exactly our hope…to inspire everyone to create homes they love and to show how design can be attainable for everyone. We try to make all we do affordable and to teach people so they can feel empowered to create homes they love. Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. We hope you continue to enjoy our blog. Blessings, Jodie & Julie

  7. Brenda Johnson says:

    The boys room looks fantastic, it makes me want to completely re-do my grandkids room! Wal-Mart sure has come a long way! I love all the decor, especially the pillows. Y’all are so fun to follow!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you, Brenda. That means a lot. Yes, Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart always amazes us with the quality, value AND all-important style. It’s so great to know we don’t have to overpay to have lovely homes. Thank you for visiting our blog and your kind reply. We hope you continue to enjoy. With gratitude, Jodie & Julie

  8. Nicole says:

    Where did you purchase the comforter?

  9. Melanie says:

    I didn’t see where you purchased the actual beds.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      You can find these beds in our blog shop under furniture! Sorry for the confusion! Thank you for your support on our blog!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  10. Ashley says:

    Who did you have make the custom name signs? Beautiful room!

  11. Sharon says:

    Love this. My grandsons are eight and nine, and I am using your ideas to create a better space for them (thank you!). Ordered the bed frames this morning when there were only 5 left, and just checked again – they are sold out! So glad I didn’t procrastinate in ordering. Found buffalo plaid comforters on sale at Pottery Barn – ordered them. I will place dark brown baskets at end of beds. Can’t wait to get this room completed! Then, imagine the creativity in decorating this room for the holidays! Thank you again for your inspiration

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      We are so glad to hear you enjoyed this blog post. How fun that you were inspired to decorate your grandsons’ bedroom! It sounds like you made some awesome choices. Can’t wait to hear how it turns out. You are so welcome Sharon. Have so much fun decorating!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

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  13. Rm says:

    How did you go about the trophies we have so many and not sure if we should hide them or display them in some way?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi There, I asked my boys if they wanted to keep them displayed and neither of them cared, so we stored them instead of displaying them. But that’s my suggestion. Let your kids decide. If they really want them displayed definitely create a special place in your decor plan. I would make a shelf or shelves devoted to them. In this way they don’t appear as clutter but as an intentional and honored display. Good luck, Jodie & Julie

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  15. Annessa says:

    Hi there! Wondering if you could tell me where you got the wallpaper from? 🙂 thanks!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      The wallpaper was from Target, but a few years ago. I’m not entirely sure they still carry it. You can try. Good luck, Jodie

  16. Christina Schipul says:

    Where did you get the signs above their bed?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Unfortunately, the maker is no longer making these signs. Good luck in your search, Julie & Jodie

  17. Christina says:

    What are the size and dimensions of the frames above the boys bed

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