When it comes to interior design for children’s bedrooms, it’s the one room where you can go wild and break free from sensible, conservative styles, and you can take inspiration books, movies and TV shows.
Some of our favorite animated shows from down the years have had some incredible bedroom designs which are a great source of inspiration. We’ve picked out some of the best and re-imagined them as if they were real bedrooms.
Lisa's Bedroom (The Simpsons)
Long-suffering Lisa is the cultured member of The Simpsons family, so it’s no surprise that her room shows off her love of jazz music. She’s still a young girl at heart though, as can be seen from her collection of cuddly toys dotted around the room.
Decorating ideas: In terms of style, we thought Lisa would love the musically-patterned wallpaper, ceiling decal and Jazz posters. The rest of the room uses aqua blues, soft pinks and purples to create a soft and comforting atmosphere with gold highlights to accompany her most prized possession, her saxophone.
Arnold's Bedroom (Hey Arnold!)
Living with your grandparents in a boarding house doesn’t sound like it would the ticket to the bedroom of your dreams, but Arnold got just that. His bedroom at the Sunset Arms is a surreal sanctuary from the madness of the world outside, and the attentions of Helga.
Decorating ideas: From its gaudy carpet – which wouldn’t look out of place in a Vegas casino – to the glass ceiling and couch that can be hidden in the wall, we gave Arnold’s bedroom the quirky factor. To balance out this wacky design (and make the room more realistic) we replaced Arnold’s iconic disappearing staircase with a standard bedroom door.
Daria's Bedroom (Daria)
Sometimes an iconic bedroom design comes about by accident, and that was certainly the case for Daria Morgendorffer. Her bedroom was used by the former owners of the house to keep their schizophrenic aunt in, so the walls of Daria’s room are still padded, and there’s even a wheelchair rail.
Decorating ideas: Daria’s room in the original cartoon was very spacious, so to make our re-imagining more realistic we’ve compacted her room into a smaller space. But we’ve still maintained Daria’s macabre style with an antique surgical lamp, anatomical posters and of course, the one thing no acerbic teenager should be without, a human skull.
Steven's Bedroom (Steven Universe)
Steven lives in a beach house located above the Crystal Temple and his bedroom is a loft in the open plan main space in the house. He clearly favors a minimalist decor, sleeping on a legless wooden bed on the mostly bare wooden floor with just a small rug for decoration.
Decorating ideas: Having a place to sit to play games (when they’re not out saving the universe – or at school) is an essential for any kid. A minimalist design can work around a central play area, to keep the room clutter free but practical.
Tina's Bedroom (Bob's Burgers)
The oldest Belcher child, Tina, still clings on to her childhood obsession with horses and so in our re-imagining we’ve taking this obsession and run with it (or should that be galloped).
Decorating ideas: We’ve gone all out with a range of over-the-top princess pinks that re-enforce that this is the bedroom of someone with a strong passion. This is accompanied by a horse-motif that covers everything from posters and toys to the bedspread and wallpaper. This room is definitely horse-crazy, just like Tina.
Morty's Bedroom (Rick and Morty)
When you spend your days traveling through space and time with your alcoholic grandfather, on adventures that are definitely not PG-rated, you need your bedroom to be an escape from the madness. We’ve re-imagined Morty’s bedroom as a child-friendly zone, somewhere he can forget about the horrors he’s subjected to and just be a kid.
Decorating ideas: Morty’s wallpaper and ceiling has muted colors, which must make a nice respite from the chaos of his time traveling escapades, but what really makes this room his own are all the personal touches, from his toy-robot collection to the ships and planes dotted around the room. This is the room of a boy who’s into sci-fi, but maybe not the nihilistic sci-fi he’s usually exposed to.
The most important thing when decorating a child’s bedroom is to match the interior design to their personality. So, whether it’s themed-wallpaper, posters of their passions or even a human skull don’t be afraid to be creative when giving your child the bedroom of their dreams.
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