Girls bedroom ideas- 24 ways to transform their sleep space

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  • Maybe they’ve been asking you to give their bedroom a make-over for months, or perhaps you’ve noticed their current space lacks style, either way, these girls bedroom ideas will help you to create the bedroom of their dreams.

    While pinks and pastels are still popular for girls rooms, they are no longer a requisite for decorating and there are plenty of ways to reflect their individual personalities through a range of decor and colour.

    From storage ideas to reading spaces, bed ideas and colour inspiration, there is something for every age girl in our round up of childrens room ideas.

    Girls bedroom ideas

    A girl’s bedroom is her sanctuary from the outside world as she grows up. Whether she’s a pink-loving princess or more into dark colours and drama, when it comes to girls bedroom ideas there is no set stereotypical direction to take.

    The key is to introduce flexible and accessible storage, colourful accents, and one or two striking features as focal points, for a look that can evolve as your little girl grows up.

    In any children’s room idea you need to create a flexible space, accommodating their changing needs from babyhood through to teenage years. So it makes sense to ensure that big-ticket items such as beds, wardrobes and chests of drawers will stand the test of time.

    Then, add colour, pattern and magical touches through fabric, lighting, artwork and quirky accessories.

    1. Create a reading nook with shelving

    Shelving and storage in a kids bedroom covered in a canopy and bunting

    Image credit: Future Plc/Tim Young

    Buy now: Billy bookcases, £25 each, Ikea

    Create a secret den for reading or relaxing, that gives your little lady a space to chill out.

    Instead of placing shelf units against a wall, face them towards each other to create a special reading nook. Suspend floaty fabric over a swing curtain pole for a magical hideaway canopy, letting it drape to the floor for a fairy-tale feel. Or if space is tight, swap one unit for the back of a bed head. If kids are sharing a room, assign a shelf each, hanging individual hooks at the end for and cherished personal belongings or special toys.

    2. Raise the bed to create storage space

    Raised storage bed with drawers below and cushions layered on top

    Image credit: Future Plc/Tim Young

    She’ll love this bespoke bed and storage idea and will revel in being up high, plus you can get the most from limited floor space with a built-in high sleeper made from storage units. Here, we added custom-made ply doors to Metod base units and Maximer drawers, both Ikea. A step-stool will help younger kids climb up a cosy-reading nook, and hanging curtains will give older children the option of privacy.

    A slim shelf on the wall will provide a space for books and knick-knacks.

    3. Make a dedicated space to store craft essentials

    Cube storage in a kids room with house-shaped wallpaper behind on wall

    Image credit: Future Plc/Tim Young

    Buy now: Kallax shelving unit, £29, Ikea

    She might be a budding artist, be nuts about knitting, or just an all-round crafting queen, so creating a craft house to store her essentials will go down a treat.

    Make tidying up paints and brushes more exciting by giving them a special home. Wallpapering behind a cube shelf transforms it into a fun little house, that little ones will love to keep neat and tidy… hopefully!

    If you have skirting boards, add legs to the unit so that the wallpaper starts at the same level as the shelving.

    4. Make a bespoke headboard

    Kids bedroom with pastel curved headboard behind bed and bunting hung

    Image credit: Dunelm

    Buy now: Country patchwork cotton twin duvet cover and pillowcase set, from £34 for a single, Dunelm

    Adding a headboard adds interest and colour to your little girl’s bedroom and doesn’t need to be costly to create.

    Build a simple but playful headboard by cutting three tall, arch shapes from a piece of plywood or MDF. Draw an outline in pencil and use a jigsaw to cut out the shape and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Fix in place with a strong wood adhesive and paint in contrasting shades to the wall. Alternatively, simply draw the arch shapes on the wall behind the bed and paint in ice-cream pastel shades for a similar effect.

    5. Opt for timeless grey

    Pale grey bedroom, vintage chest, canopy bed, carpet, built in wardrobe

    Image credit: Future Plc/Emma Lewis

    While grey might seem a bit of a boring shade to choose for a girls bedroom idea, it’s actually hugely versatile and can be paired with almost any other shade. Painting the room grey- and choosing grey pieces of furniture too, means it should last as your little one goes from tot to teen.

    Here, mustard yellow and pastel pink give the space a girly edge and keep it from looking too sombre. But as her tastes changes and colours become more important to her, it’s easy to add in new shades with accessories and accents, while still keeping the bare bones grey.

    6. Make a feature with stylish storage

    Toys on modular shelving system on landing

    Image credit: Future Plc/Tim Young

    We all know trying to keep on top of kids toy storage can be challenge, so try to make a feature out of their wares instead. Choose a slim shelving unit with a combination of doors and open shelving so you can choose what stays out on show. Baskets are great for stashing away soft toys or dressing up clothes, and if you add a pot plant or two to the shelves, it will make it feel smarter and more of a feature in the room.

    7. Mix and match colourful furniture

    Girl's bedroom with painted furniture

    Image credit: Future PLC / Barbara Bazo

    All kids love colour so where better to inject a rainbow of shades than in their own bedroom? Upcycled furniture ideas – such as painting them in complementary tones – create an inviting girls bedroom scheme that’s cosy as well as uplifting.

    This look suits period style properties perfectly, continue the theme with colourful artwork mounted in painted frames.

    8. Calm with pastels

    Girl's pastel bedroom with pink curtains and mint green walls

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Veronica Rodriguez

    Pink is probably the primary choice when it comes to most girls bedroom colour schemes. So, add a little originality to the look by teaming the sugary shade with gentle pastels for a less sickly look.

    This soft aqua tone makes a refreshing update and adds a touch of glamour when teamed with metallic accessories and a geometric print feature wallpaper.

    9. Jazz up walls with stickers

    Girls bedroom with pink paint effect wall and black polka dot stickers

    Image credit: Furniture And Choice

    Little girls change their tastes as they grow into their tweens, so an easily adaptable backdrop will futureproof your scheme as a teenage girls bedroom idea.

    Pretty wall stickers peel off easily. So girlish motif’s such as butterflies and rainbows can be swapped for more mature and funky polka dots later without compromising the rest of the scheme.

    10. Focus on a fun bed

    Girl's bedroom with house frame bed wrapped in colourful pom poms

    Image credit: Future PLC / Veronica Rodriguez

    Inject a touch of Scandi cool into your girls’ bedroom decor with a minimalist house-shaped bed. The roof-shaped frame becomes even more of a stunning feature when decorated with fairy lights and colourful pom poms. A low-level option makes a smooth transition when moving from cot to bed.

    11. Fall in love pretty vintage looks

    Girl's bedroom with vintage furniture and ballerina shoes wallpaper

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    Bring a touch of country charm to your little girls’ bedroom with shabby chic furniture and chintzy rose prints. It’s a girls bedroom decorating idea that will suit both younger and older girls so makes a safe choice that will last.

    Here, it’s only the cute silhouette shoe and slipper wallpaper that might need replacing as a quick weekend job later.

    12. Light it up in style

    Pink painted bedroom with neon light on wall and styled shelving

    Image credit: Lights4Fun

    Transform your girls’ bedroom into a wonderland full of twinkling lights. There are so many great bedroom lighting ideas available now from typical fairy string lights that look stylish draped at the window to cool ice-cream sundae-shaped lamps that double as cool accessories.

    Or, why not keep them ultra inspired with decorative light up ‘words of wisdom’ on a wall? Whether they need bright lighting for homework or a cosy glow to fall asleep to fun layered lighting will enrich the space with atmosphere and character in an instant.

    13. Use a monochrome colour scheme

    bedroom with patchwork bedding and rabbit storage bag

    Image credit: Future Plc

    A monochrome colour scheme is perfect is your daughter isn’t a typical girly girl.. It is a simple way to create a neutral room, without sticking to a stereotypical white bedroom idea. Keep the black to one feature wall so that it doesn’t overwhelm the room.

    A few clever accessories like the light fitting made from the branch and dolly swing seat mean this space can grow with your daughter. As she moves from a young child to Instagram obsessed teen, simply swap the doll for a houseplant.

    14. Take the plunge with a bright wall colour

    Coral painted wall in bedroom with storage bed

    Image credit: Future Plc/Georgia Burns

    Without a doubt there is a very strong chance your daughter will long for nothing more than a bright pink bedroom. Pick a vibrant coral or blush shade that will satisfying her pink craving but hopefully lasts into her teen years.

    These gold circle wall stickers are perfect for spicing up a simple pink wall. However, if you find that your little girl does grow out of the pink shade don’t worry, simply peel off the stickers and paint over the walls.

    15. Choose a wallpaper that will grow with her

    Dolls sat on mantelpiece in front of blue and green patterned wallpaper

    Image credit: Future Plc/Anna Batchelor

     

     

    This is the sort of wallpaper that will grow with your daughter as she become a young woman. The playful retro print will be as magical to her now when she’s singing along to Frozen, as it will when she’s rocking out as a teenager.

    All this room needs to make this leap is simply a switch from rag dolls to photos of friends.

    16. Showcase personality with a gallery wall

    Girls bedroom with gallery wall above bed and cute letter cushions

    Image credit: Future Plc/Alison Hammond

    Whatever their age, add some personality to their space with an art gallery-style wall display idea. For younger girls framing their favourite fictional characters, quotations or posters will make them more emotionally drawn to the space.

    Likewise for older teenage girls the same can be said for framed photos of loved ones. It’s all about making sure the space reflects their developing personality.

    17. Build a den for bedtime stories

    Canopy over a pile of cushions next to a desk in a kids room

    Image credit: Future Plc/David Giles

    This shared loft room has areas for sleeping, reading and art. Grey walls are easy to update with colourful accessories when your little girl wants a change. However, the crowning glory of the space is the hanging canopy, which makes a great reading corner idea for bedtime stories. Add a rug and cushions to cuddle into.

    18. Turn a chest of drawers into a work of art

    Colourful chest of drawers with gallery wall behind it

    Image credit: Future Plc/Douglas Gibb

    Pick up a simple untreated chest of drawers – if you’re buying new, try Ikea’s TARVA range, otherwise check out local furniture shops and flea markets. Then pick out some tester pots, but stick to a palette or no more than four or five shades.

    Paint freehand – or make life easier by creating a stencil from stiff card in simple geometric patterns.

    19. Pick a grown-up theme she can grow into

    Bedroom with bed with a wooden panel headboard

    Image credit: Future Plc/Colin Poole

    She may have grown out of the pink fairy look, but that doesn’t mean your daughter is ready for boring beige. Give her scheme a touch of grown-up glamour with weathered wood furniture and Scandi-style accessories.

    This simple DIY headboard idea can be easily recreated with pallets and different coloured wood stains.

    20. Paint a backdrop to imaginative play

    Kids bedroom with orange wall painted with mountains and a shelf running across the middle

    Image credit:Future Plc/Dominic Blackmore

    You don’t have to have amazing art skills to paint a wall mural that will stimulate your little girl’s imagination. Use Frog Tape to mask off triangular ‘peaks’, throw on some orange or green paint, and suddenly, you’re up in the mountains thanks to this fun paint idea.

    21. Add clever storage for clothes, toys and more

    Paris themed bedroom with hot pink chair at desk and white bed

    Image credit: Future Plc/Simon Whitmore

    Girls come with a lot of stuff, so fitting as much children’s room storage into the space as you can is essential. Build shelves in alcoves with flat, sliding doors to conceal what lurks behind.

    Shelves behind the bed double as a bedside table and provide room for books and shoes. If it’s time for a new bed, buy a divan with storage drawers under it.

    22. Accessorise without blowing the budget

    Pink and grey painted wall in kids bedroom with fairy lights

    Image credit: Future Plc/Colin Poole

    If looking for girls bedroom ideas on a budget, go for inexpensive accessories that you won’t mind giving to charity shops when she wants a new theme for the room. Keep the look classy by sticking to a simple colour palette, such as greys and blush pinks, so the room exudes city chic, not tourist tat.

    23. Add a roll-out bed for sleepovers

    White single storage bed with pink bedding and grey painted walls

    Image credit: Future Plc/Simon Whitmore

    If space is an issue, a bed with drawers underneath works really well as you can never have enough storage in a child’s bedroom. Alternatively, one that incorporates a pull-out bed underneath is ideal for sleepovers. If space is tight, try adding mirrors above a desk to give the illusion of more space.

    24. Stimulate their senses

    Kids bedroom with bunting and white furniture

    Image credit: Future Plc/Brent Darby

    Imaginative play can help bring a sense of fun and fantasy to a children’s bedroom. Keep some role-play toys, such as mini kitchens and shops, within reach, so children can spontaneously decide when to use them.

    How do I decorate a girls bedroom on a budget?

    The first element to think about is the walls. ‘Keep them pared back or age-neutral so the backdrop can remain as a girls’ bedroom scheme changes as they grow through themes and interests,’ says Rachel Homer, interiors writer and mum of two. ‘When it comes to furniture invest in a set that will again last them into their teens or update pre-loved furniture in their favourite colours.’

    Think about ways to update the space with things you already have at home. Left over paint can be utilised to create a feature wall or ‘headboard’ on the wall. Excess fabric can be used to make new cushions for the bed and pieces of furniture that might not be quite right in other rooms of your home, might work better in your little girls room instead.

    How do you make a girls room pretty?

    There are lots of ways to make a girls room pretty, through cute accessories or with hanging lights. Opt to use floaty or embroidered fabrics for curtains and on cushions. Hang delicate fairy lights from walls or over the bed to create a twinkling canopy. Frame cut offs of floral wallpapers to create a cute gallery wall.

    How do you style a girls bedroom and add character?

    As it is their room, ask them to get involved. Start a girls bedroom ideas board on Pinterest (or ask them to show you how). That way you can teach them how certain colours and themes work together. Personalise the space with their own photos and framed artwork.

    Look for interesting alternatives that will create a feature such as a striking bed or window treatment idea. Chrissie Harper, Customer Experience Manager at California Shutters explains, ‘Brightly coloured shutters make a great alternative to a feature wall, and a vibrant shade can bring a playful touch perfect for children’s bedrooms.’

    ‘Bold statement colours such as yellow, blue, orange and pink are ideal for creating a focal point. Use a matching paint colour on the surrounding walls or add a statement wallpaper to make a real impact.’

    How do I keep a girls bedroom tidy?

    As well as usual storage such as shelves and furniture, make organising exciting by making fun labels with them for storage bins. Decorate and display pretty sweet or candy jars on open shelves to hold little ‘knick-knacks’ and accessories.

    Another fun girls bedroom idea is to make belongings part of the decor, for instance, hats and jewellery will look decorative hung in a line on peg rails. Lastly, make storage easily accessible so your child can easily clean up on their own when asked.

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