Designing a Space for Little Ones (While Keeping Resale in Mind)

Children’s Playroom Ideas

There is one room in the house that always gets planned out, painted, and decorated with greatest care: the kid’s room. Whether you’re starting out as a new parent and designing a nursery for your little bundle of joy or updating to give your kiddo a “big girl” or “big boy” room as they get older, we always want our children to feel their room is cozy, safe, and fun for them. This is a very exciting room for parents to put together, but remember this: Eventually you might move or need to change things around (possibly quite quickly) to accommodate any curve ball life throws your way. Super-customized kiddo spaces are often difficult for potential buyers to overlook, and they can also be quite hard to change when bright colors, wall decals, and painted ceilings are involved.


As a mom of twin toddlers myself, I am totally on-board with giving those little ladies and gentlemen a lovely space in which to play and sleep. However, as a realtor, I have also seen some kids’ rooms that have almost instantly turned buyers away due to their opposite-of-neutral look. Please just be aware of the possibility that a particular theme or paint color might not be the most prudent idea. Beyond that disclaimer, let’s talk a bit about making kid spaces as spectacular as we can!


So… where to start? Do you choose a theme? Should they get to pick the design? I want share a few tips for creating a beautiful, functional space your little ones will love!


Let’s start with some guidelines for designing a baby nursery:

Children's Playroom IdeasIncorporate the style of your home in the nursery. You know your taste and can more easily determine what you like and what will work when you aren’t trying to find items in a style that’s not “you”.

Plan it out. Buy bedding, curtains, rugs and other textiles first, then find paint (low odor, VOC-free) to match. It’s much easier that way!

Keep it simple. Pinterest is wonderful, but it has led many parents to believe more is more when it comes to their baby’s room—just look around at all the nursery pictures. By keeping your design aesthetic simple, the room will remain calm for the baby and you, plus you’ll be less likely to tire of your decor choices down the road.


Children's Playroom Ideas

Make sure the furniture you choose will work for your family when you’re up for 3 a.m. feedings!

Blend form and function. There is a lot of beautiful nursery furniture to choose from, so have fun finding the pieces you love, but make sure they will work for your family when you’re up for 3 a.m. feedings and needing extra storage! There is an element of practicality in nursery design that you don’t want to forget about.

Think outside the box. Once you determine your nursery’s theme or look, keep your search feelers broad when choosing items. You don’t have to use all nursery items in the room. You might find the perfect piece of furniture, wallpaper, rug, lamp, etc. that is not nursery-specific. Use it anyway!



Now let’s talk a bit about how to update your kid’s room as he or she gets older.

Be playful. Kids love their rooms because they are in their own space. They play games, retreat when they’re upset, and arrange all their special toys to display. Don’t make the room too “serious” by design.






Keep it functional. Use storage pieces from the nursery or buy large baskets or bins to store toys, books, games, etc. Storage options are very stylish now, so you never feel the need to just put things in the closet or under the bed—unless you’re cleaning for unexpected company!


Use color. At this stage, your kids are really showing their personalities. With that comes their choice of a favorite color. They might have an opinion on what they want their room to look like. If you’re going to get new bedding, wall treatments, and paint, let your kiddo share in the decision to ensure they love their space. Be up front about those color limitations though—navy blue might seem like a good idea, but that will be a tough one to neutralize if needed. Stick with lighter blues, grays, green, yellow or pale pink.

Use toys as decor. Who says you can’t strategically place a pretty doll or cute stuffed animal? Using toys aesthetically will keep the room looking young and will also give those toys a spot to keep them off the floor when not in use.

Think ahead. It’s tough, but if you can try to choose paint/wallpaper or furniture that would also suit a tween/teenager, you’ll save a lot of money and time. Kids’ tastes change more than adults, so it’s safe to say eventually they will request a totally different design for their room, but if you can keep the investment pieces consistent, they’ll last forever and maybe even be items your child uses for a college dorm or first apartment!



How did you decorate your little ones’ rooms? Do you agree with keeping eventual resale in mind? I know this topic invites a lot of different opinions, so I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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