Built-in bunk beds are a great option for two boys and their frequent guests in this seaside cottage. Great-grandmother’s quilts mingle with simple furniture that has been brightened with red paint. A palette of reds, whites, and blues is nautical and just masculine enough for boys.
When decorating for a family, thought should be given to the ever-changing needs of children.
In this girly bedroom (shared by a 7-year-old and 2-year-old), the headboard and matching footboard will be repurposed as two twin headboards when the youngest grows out of the crib.
Sports trophies are displayed on locker-style furniture in this 10-year-old boy’s room. The twin beds once belonged to his grandmother and are updated with fire engine red lacquer.
Colors and patterns are mixed at will in this bedroom, and the result is a happy atmosphere that inspires creativity. The striped curtain panel hides the closet, eliminating the danger of tiny fingers being smashed in the door. The stripes around the wall are created with paint and grosgrain ribbon that can easily be changed as the mood strikes.
A bunk room is a great solution for a large family’s lakeside cottage. Each bunk has its own window and reading light, and the extra space created by stacking the beds leaves plenty of room for playing.
A pair of antique headboards inspired what was supposed to be a soft palette for this bedroom. But when the homeowner found the hot-pink quilts, she couldn’t resist. “As far as my daughter’s concerned, you can never have too much pink,” she says.
A college-aged boy’s room shouldn’t be overly decorated, but it should be a nostalgic place filled with favorite items, like old baseball gloves and a lifeguard sign. A rug with bold stripes is a graphic touch with universal appeal.
This bedroom corner is suited to every need of its young inhabitants: Tea parties, musical performances, and art shows are frequent occurrences. A large bulletin board proudly displays the latest creations, and floor-to-ceiling shelves hold games, books, photo albums and more. Items kept on the lower shelves are kid-friendly, while those kept at the top require some supervision from Mom or Dad.