Girls bedroom ideas- 10 ways to transform their sleep space

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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