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Kid-ifying Small Spaces

by TerriAnn
Decor for Small Children's Bedroom With Paint

When we bought our condo in the Netherlands (in Europe, aka Holland), we were excited to move in and quickly get settled. One of the challenges we faced, though, was space. That was especially true for my daughter’s room. It was so small that we could only fit a bed and small dresser in there. That also limited how much we could decorate it. Aside from the bedding, we were only left with the walls. For a young child’s room, I wanted something bold and fun but had to figure out a way to not make the room appear even smaller than it actually was.

Decorating Painting Small BedroomPainting started when my one of my sisters and mom came to visit. First, I just painted a curvy line about two-thirds up on the wall. Then we filled in the bottom portion with color. Keeping the top part white helped reflect light in the room and prevented the room from appearing ‘boxed in’. I then found a couple images of flowers and butterflies to trace on stenciling sheets and cut out. The stencils made it so easy!

To pull it all together, we added a few pictures found at IKEA and later got a bright Winnie the Pooh duvet cover/set. This is how it turned out:

Decorating Painting Small Bedroom Decorating Painting Small Bedroom

My daughter loved it for the whole time we lived there. Even after six years, she still remembers that room and tells me how much she liked it. Since then, my daughter’s rooms have been much bigger but I still haven’t been able to top the ‘cuteness’ of this one. Since the size was so restricting, it forced me to be more creative. What has been your experience in decorating a small space?

Decorating Painting Small Bedroom

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell July 26, 2012 - 5:59 am

That looks so fresh and inviting in there. No wonder she loves it so much!

TerriAnn July 30, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Well, she did love it but we moved from there 6 years ago. He current room is kind of boring 😛

Henrietta July 26, 2012 - 6:46 am

I love how cute the room looks, the purple, white and yellow go so well together and really make the room look much larger!

TerriAnn July 30, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Thanks – I loved how it allowed me to used bold colors despite the size. That room was REALLY small!

Jill Washington July 29, 2012 - 3:56 pm

This is an amazing room. If I had a girl, I’d love to have this kinda room for her. So beautiful.

TerriAnn July 30, 2012 - 2:29 pm

Haha, I’m sure you paint the bottom dark blue straight across, with a stripe of burgundy above, and then add planes for a boy’s room!

Brandy August 28, 2012 - 1:41 pm

Love this post! I need tips on small areas, my daughter’s bedroom is so small and it’s cluttered up. That may be my project to tackle when the little one heads off to preschool next week!

Tiff @ Babes and Kids April 1, 2013 - 9:01 am

I love how you decorated. We buy a lot of furniture and get ideas from Ikea since they specialize in small spaces..

Sheri June 15, 2013 - 5:32 pm

What a beautiful room. I can see why she loved it.

Shannon Hardy February 16, 2017 - 10:41 am

Such a gorgeous bedroom, it doesn’t matter how big the space is you can still create a fantastic space for your child, love the flower stencils. We only have a small room for our youngest and we were really struggling for space, when she made the transition from toddler bed to big bed we found a range of childrens beds that had some fantastic features with lots of storage solutions, perfect for a small space!!

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