October 23rd, 2014

Toddler Bedroom Ideas for the Whole Family

As a mother of five kids, all under the age of 7, I have a wealth of toddler bedroom ideas to share. Decorating with my kids in mind always takes me back to the basics of design—furniture scale, placement, function and most importantly, childproofing. Here’s how to do those things while also injecting some style and lots of color.

Gathering Color Inspiration

Use a fabric as a jumping off point for your room design

Children’s fabrics can be just the inspiration you need. This playful polka dot pattern served as the color inspiration for our gender-neutral space. Want to have fun choosing your own colors? Upload an image to the My Image Inspiration tool to get a selection of color suggestions and help you find your perfect palette.

When I uploaded my above image, the tool suggested Hazy Seacliff Teal along with Candy Apple, Bronzed Ivy, White on White and Extra Virgin Olive Oil to feature in my space. If you want to duplicate this look, the colors have already been selected for you! Sweet.

Toddler Bedding and Decor

Consider a purchasing a crib that converts to a toddler bed.

I’ll extend a good ole pat on the back if you purchased a crib that transitions into a toddler bed. This purchase alone saves you money and helps your kiddo make a smoother transition from cribdom. With infants, I advise against using throw pillows for their bedding. However, when your little one gets older, you can decorate to your heart’s content with pillows in lively patterns and shapes–they’re great practice for future pillow fights!

Window Treatments for Toddlers

Roman shades are a great window treatment option for toddler spaces.

Roman shades are my favorite window treatment for toddler rooms. Unlike drapery, you can adjust them vertically to keep fabric and cords from getting into the hands of little ones. There’s also the option to add blackout lining for room darkening to create a soothing atmosphere for an afternoon snooze.

Quality Time with Your Tot

Pop your toddler in your lap for storytime

Having at least one adult-sized piece of furniture in the room extends the comfort to the grown ups, too! My husband and I enjoy spending time in our kids’ rooms, whether it’s to play on the floor or get cozy with a good book. Playing with your children in their space gives them the quality time they crave and allows you to show them how to get the most satisfaction from all the amenities you’ve provided.

Pint-Sized Furniture and Toys

Toddlers enjoy furniture made just for them

Little ones play for hours when their surroundings are catered to their size. Small furnishings can even help your toddler get acclimated to preschool. A simple table and set of chairs is all you really need to spark an afternoon of activities.


Anything else you place in your toddler’s space, like this magnetic dry erase board you see on the wall, should be mounted within their reach for maximun enjoyment.

So as long as you decorate with your child’s growth in mind, your toddler’s new room is guaranteed to be not only a great place for your little one but also one you’ll love to spend time in, too. Happy decorating!


I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.