12 Whimsical Ways We Add Color to a Kids Room

When decorating a kids room, obnoxiously colored walls don’t have to be your first step.In fact, we believe that keeping walls white or gray and adding in smaller bits of color gives you even more possibilities to make a kids room creative and playful. That, and it will keep you from repainting when they outgrow lime green or Barbie pink walls in three years. Trust us.When it comes to finding colorful accents, first consider what your child already has. Children’s books and stuffed animals are often fun colors, so put them in a place that doubles as decor. Wall decals, bedding, and rugs all can add color and pattern to a kids room, but can be easily changed with age.

Here are 12 ideas for a neutral-based kids room:

Little girl's room

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Bright Books

This kids room comes to life with shelving that showcases a children’s book collection. This makes the books easier to access, looks organized, and the covers add bright colors to an otherwise neutral room. Once the kids are grown, swapping out the toys and books for other accent pieces is simple.

Removable Wallpaper

This pick of removable wallpaper adds a bit of whimsy but looks adult enough to redecorate the room for a growing girl.

Girl bedroom painted bright turquoise and decorated with mushrooms and woodland.

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Vibrant Furniture and Accessories

This bedframe is a funky statement piece that says “big girl” without saying “too big”. A decal, a floral pillow, and touches of color make this kids room sweet and simple.

Feminine childhood bedroom with pink furnishings.

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Perfectly Patterned

The collection of children’s books and mixing of patterns on this bed compliment the cool tones in the rest of the kids room, leading to a youthful-yet-sophisticated style.

Surf Themed Bedroom

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Shaped Up

The accents of triangles, stripes, and circles in this room add interest and playfulness to this Scandinavian space.

Bunk beds near open doorway

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Room for Three

When three’s company, the room needs to be good. Platform and lofted beds save space and look simple, leaving accent pieces such as books and pillows to create the kid-vibes.

Tidy room

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Touches of Love

Tiny bits of red go a long way in this bedroom. Every accent piece is dainty and adds a tiny bit of color. Except the bear.

Little girls pastel bedroom

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Patterned Pink

Though the walls are neutral, this room is packed with colors and patterns that pop. Even teenage girls wouldn’t mind sharing this room.

Childs bedroom in rustic cabin

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Cottage-Styled Bedroom

So many sweet accent pieces in this room, but we love the ombre dresser, bed pillows, and pompom rug.

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3D Butterfly Collage

A little overwhelming, but amazingly beautiful. These butterflies stick onto walls like decals. Meaning they look great on, but come off without a fight.

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Stuffed Shelves

Stuffed animals and brightly colored book spines add youthfulness to a contemporary bedroom.

little girls bedroom with tea party set up

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Positively Pink

Pink and teal go together like peanut butter and jelly. We can’t even single out a favorite part of this girly space.

Nursery room decorated with white elegant furnitures. Artworks on the walls are my own illustrations

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Nature-Loving Nursery

The eye is immediately drawn to the silhouetted pine tree decals, but the rustic accents in the rest of this nursery (like the unique crib textiles) make it feel like a modern cabin.