The reason we love to decorate a kid’s room more than our own bedroom is because it gives us an opportunity to channel the spirit of youth and bask in the beauty of play!

In fact, decorating a kids room is a great excuse to spend hours looking for cute, creative items on Pinterest, window shopping online or breaking out the arts and crafts.

Sure, you can get the kids involved if you really want to or, alternatively, enjoy some play on your own while they’re sleeping.

We all deserve playtime, so why clean the house when you can make a mess with cut outs, colours and paints? If you’re on a budget, there’s also no need to venture out to expensive boutiques either. Today, the bargains you can discover online from the comfort of your own home are incredible.

Spending a little is much more fun than spending a lot!

These are our favourite tips to decorate a kids room on a budget:

1. DIY

If you’re shopping online and you see something beautiful that you want for your own child, but either can’t afford it or can’t see the value in buying it, have a go at doing it yourself. Often, it’s easier than you think.

Have a good look at the materials used and think about how you can replicate the look at home.

2. Pick a colour theme

Sure, pick one colour if you like, but think outside the pinks, blues and reds and think how you would if you were hosting a birthday party. Pick 2-3 colours (choosing white as the third colour is often easiest!) and match your child’s room around those colours. That means, if you spot a bargain in red, black and white (like cherry bedsheets or striped curtains!) you can match any pattern with the colour theme you’ve chosen.

Make everyday one your child can celebrate!

3. Use layers

Include items of furniture of different sizes and shelves at varying heights then place ornaments, teddy bears, dolls, toys, mobiles, cushions, throws and rugs from the ceiling to the floor. That way, you can choose which items are purely decorative (and therefore out of reach of little hands that break things!) and which are available to play with.

It’s not about cluttering the room nor is it about having to buy heaps of products to fill the space.

In fact, it’s about making the room look refined and planned. Minimalism does wonders for a budget.

4. Hang some fun art

No kid’s room is complete without art. Artwork, no matter your child’s age, is a wondrous way to develop a sense of respect for their surroundings.

It gives kids a sense of place and a feeling of belonging. It also gives their room a splash of colour and fun.

Hanging a few pieces of affordable kids artwork creates endless ways to enhance your chosen theme with all the things kids love – from cute animals and fairy castles to rockets, robots and pirates.

5. Make over tired items

Kids might get tired, but their youth and energy sees them bouncing back in no time and with a little TLC, so can their bedroom. So if your child has just turned 8 and her bedroom is still aged 5, it’s definitely time for a make over.

This doesn’t have to mean purchasing all new furniture. It simply means giving old furniture a lick of paint or taking down tired decorations and putting new ones up afresh. You might even want to pick an entire new colour theme!

If your child has just turned 8 and her bedroom is still aged 5, it’s definitely time for a make over.

6. Go op shopping!

It can be hard for children to let things go. We’re not talking about them giving up their favourite toy, but it could mean them giving up their least favourite 12 toys.

The concept of giving a few things away to invite new things in is an important lesson for kids.

It will help them take pride in their room and avoid cluttering and hoarding into their adult life.

This is also an ideal opportunity to teach your kids the concept of giving to charity. Go op shopping together! When your child sees something they love at an op shop, give them an opportunity to decide what they’d like to swap it for.

Whether you want to decorate a kids room on your own or are keen to involve your kids, know that it’s okay if you’re on a tight budget to avoid the boutique stores.

All of us deserve lovely spaces in which to live, learn and play, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to create this for your kids.

Have you redecorated your children’s bedrooms lately? Please SHARE your ideas below.

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  • The only one that had a fancy bedroom was my youngest as prior to that we were renting and moving about quite a bit.


  • I like them all, but the top one is my favourite room. It looks like a theme that can grow with the child, one that doesn’t require updating as they get older


  • What lovely ideas – very clever too. Must get handy in my spare room.


  • Definitely try Kmart, so many great products


  • I have slowly done up one of my boys room, now to give the other’s a makeover. Thanks for the tips


  • Kmart for the win!


  • We are building so will have a clean slate to work with. I have tried to let my girls choose what they like (with a bit of encouragment towards or away from some ideas!). Still a work in progress but it’s slowly coming together. My 7 year old daughter has chosen mint green and metallic gold as her colours…and a new dinosaur picture!
    A tip is that furniture or accessories can be painted to match with your colour scheme. If its the right item but the wrong colour, don’t despair – just change it!


  • Great ideas!! Simple colour scheme and matching it in well and the nice bits of artwork to hang up, lovely =) Colour always helps to brighten up and open a room even more! Thanks for sharing!


  • Pinterest has some fantastic idea’s


  • Those rooms look so relaxed and neat. I love them. I should renovate my daughter’s bedroom. I hope we’ll do it soon!


  • Great ideas here. Lots of colour and some DIY with help from the kids. Love the concept


  • I have recently come across Kmart hacks on Instagram great way to make kids things for cheap!!


  • I love some of these ideas, my kids room is so scattered and random, Her dad is a cabinet maker and I’m thinking a cupboard to hide all the drawers in her room and make it look less messy.


  • great article lots of great tips thankyou!


  • Great ideas, I am going to be doing my little bubs room soon and these will come in handy.


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