How to Girly Up a Bedroom

We’ve got chic bedroom design ideas for girls of all ages and interests.

Dear Mom and Dad,

From picking up (and probably stepping on) hundreds of building blocks to that time I told you I wanted to play the drums, randomly decided to play the flute instead and then never played it, you’ve always entertained my often fleeting interests. You even let me paint my room that way-too-dark midnight blue and only screamed once when I came home from college with a pet rat. You put up with a lot, and for that I thank you. Love, Jessica

Blue and Pink Combine in Contemporary Teen's Room

Blue and Pink Combine in Contemporary Teen's Room

Not pictured: Me, being uncooperative.

Photo by: Claire Paquin

Claire Paquin

Not pictured: Me, being uncooperative.

As anyone with a little girl knows, a bedroom is her place to dream and forge her own identity, which my parents so indulgently allowed me to do. And design is a great way to express that identity. Ready to inspire your daughter or granddaughter’s creativity? Read on to get easy, stylish ideas for anything they’re into – even if it’s just for a week.

If She’s a Bookworm

Girl's Purple Bedroom is Contemporary, Chic

Girl's Purple Bedroom is Contemporary, Chic

The lavender walls set the stage for a fun and colorful space in this girl's bedroom. A lavender and purple rug complements the wall color and adds texture to the room. A contemporary round table and two chairs provide space for working, playing and being creative. A tall mounted bookshelf allows for easy, clutter-free stacking with a floating shelf appearance.

Photo by: Alyssa Kirsten

Alyssa Kirsten

She’s had her head in a book ever since she learned how to read – just add a bookcase, shelves and a lamp to create a cozy reading nook. The designers behind this whimsical bedroom even included a small table to make this space double as a homework station.

If She's in Tune with Nature

Invite the outdoors into your daughter's bedroom. One reader used this dandelion decal as a low-cost headboard, which served as inspiration for the rest of the room's design. Consider adding a potted plant or making a terrarium for girls developing green thumbs.



Yellow, gray, white, and black bedroom design with dandelion mural, yellow and white bedding, desk area with floating shelves, black and white striped rug.

DIY Headboard Ideas

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Decal Dreams

A decal is one budget-friendly way to add style to the head of your bed. RMS user dodi used the decal as inspiration for the room's design.

Low-Cost Luan

Designer Kara Paslay made this headboard from a thin piece of stained luan for this small bedroom. She adorned the luan with spray-painted painter's tape in a geometric motif. The look is great for dorm rooms or guest bedrooms.

Whimsical Silhouette

A do-it-yourself headboard is the best way to get a one-of-a-kind look without the cost. Designer Maureen Toribio used some wood, chalkboard paint, primer and a handmade stencil to create this whimsical headboard. The silhouette adds a youthful touch and the chalkboard allows for fun and creativity. Silhouette image courtesy of Susie Harrington of Petite Prints

Photo By: Design by Maureen Tilibio; Silhouette image courtesy of Susie Harrington of Petite Prints

A Little Corkiness

What better way to display your child's art than a corkboard? Cork is a versatile material that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Designer Kara Paslay recommends using cork flooring material because it is less costly than buying cork tiles.

Behind Closed Doors

RMS user fleamarkettrixie loves to reuse items she has around the house. She used old closet doors and a settee to make this truely vintage headboard.

Marvelous Metal

Adding sparkle and texture to your bedroom doesn't have to be costly. This shining headboard was made from corrugated metal usually used for roofing purposes, and it only cost about $30. Design by Kara Paslay.

Window of Opportunity

When looking for items to decorate your bedroom, designer Jessica McKay suggests looking for pieces you already own and transforming them into something new. This headboard is made from an old paned-glass window from a barn door. It was too small for a standup mirror, but it works great as a budget-friendly headboard.

Vintage Textiles

A great, simple way to personalize a standard white headboard is by using vintage textiles. In this bedroom, designer Jennifer Jones used a kilim rug down the center of the headboard to add pattern and to reference the client's love of travel.

Inexpensive Luxury

Use a padded headboard to create a warm, comfortable feel in your bedroom. To get the look without the price, find two large cushions from a discount store and attach them to a piece of plywood covered in grass wallpaper. It has the look of luxury but won't empty your wallet. Design by Shoshana Gosselin.

Color Happy

When choosing a headboard, pick one bright color as your inspiration. RMS user sford used yellow, black and white pieces of fabric and old frames to create a fun, dramatic effect in her bedroom.

Cottage-Style Shutters

Designer Layla Palmer created an impressive cottage-style headboard using shutters, paint and sandpaper. The weathered look is easily created by wiping some of the paint off the brush before applying it to the shutters.

Elegant Alternative

Hanging artwork behind the bed is an elegant alternative to getting an expensive headboard. Designer Andreas Charalambous adds the artwork as the sole source of color in this bedroom.

Chalkboard Frame

A headboard doesn't have to span the entire width of the bed. Designer Melaine Thompson painted an old round frame to match the four-poster bed then painted a piece of wood with chalkboard paint. This budget-friendly headboard allows the mind to be creative by being able to write different messages.

Two-Tone Plywood

Designer Nicole Potter uses a two-tone, oversize plywood headboard as an inexpensive way to create warmth and drama in this room. The darker wood frames the headboard giving it a defined look. The recessed light creates a calming effect.

Wallpaper Magic

Give an ordinary headboard an extra flair with a little wallpaper, paint and glaze. Designer Kara Paslay used a roll of paintable wallpaper along with hanging wall decor to create this unique, inexpensive look.

Glamour on a Budget

RMS user Tendenza Fl was on a small budget when designing this Hollywood-style guest bedroom. To save money, she chose to skip out on buying a headboard. However, she was able to add this glamorous design with some painter's tape and a bold paint color.

White Tile Headboard

Reusing materials in unexpected ways can add a creative and budget-friendly design element to any space. Designer Nicole Potter used reclaimed tiles set in metal frames to give a checkerboard effect. Bright pillows with black bedding will help offset the cold tiles.

If She’s an Aspiring Artist

Go ahead — let her draw on the walls. A few coats of chalkboard paint turn any wall into an oversized sketchpad.



©Catlin Stothers

Catlin Stothers

If She Loves to Pretend

One minute she's a princess, the next she's trailblazing the Wild West. She's also got big plans to explore the cosmos...after her nap.

Little Girl's Playroom With Stage and Dress-Up Area

Little Girl's Playroom With Stage and Dress-Up Area

A curtained stage, microphone and dress-up area make this playroom any little girl's dream.

A dress-up station is a perfect solution for the child with a wild imagination. Try removing a couple of the drawers from an old dresser, give it a fresh coat of paint and then install a curtain rod to create a cute storage space for costumes.

Build a Kids' Costume Station

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Enter Stage Right

Do your kids have a collection of costumes and hats tucked away in a trunk or toy box? Build a display for all them. If the costumes are in plain sight, children will be more likely to dress up, put on plays, have fun and make you giggle.

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Tools and Materials

To make a costume display, you’ll need: pre-cut strip of 1x6 primed MDF (medium-density fiberboard) trim, stud finder, quart of semigloss paint, 2” angled paintbrush, 8” diameter wooden discs, 8’x4’ sheet of 3/4”-thick paint-grade plywood, jigsaw, drill with a 1” paddle bit and a 1/8” drill bit, compass, 2” stainless- steel wood screws, 1/2” stainless steel wood screws, 1x12” threaded galvanized metal pipes (one per outfit), 1” galvanized metal elbow (one per outfit), galvanized metal flanges (two per outfit), measuring tape, speed square, pencil and a calculator.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Measure the Wall

Determine the height and width of the costume station. At least 4 feet of vertical space will allow each costume to hang efficiently but keep things low enough that children can reach.

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Measure and Mark Distance Between Hanging Rods

Each costume will hang on a rod made of threaded galvanized metal pipe, elbows and flanges. To make sure you have the proper amount of clearance for each outfit to hang side by side without overcrowding, measure the average span of jackets, capes or cloaks. A distance of 14 to 18 inches between each rod works best. Use a tape measure to mark the position of each rod onto the primed MDF. Start from the center and work toward each end.

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Mark Flange Positioning

After you've made all the marks, use a speed square and pencil to draw a straight line across the MDF. This will clearly mark the center point on which to install each flange.

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Pre-Drill Flanges

If you want the costume station to blend seamlessly with the room, paint the pre-cut, primed MDF in the same color as the wall. For a clean look, pre-install the flanges by centering each flange on the drawn line. Use a 1/8” drill bit to create pilot holes for each of the four screws needed to secure the flange to the MDF.

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Insert Screws, Remove, Then Paint

Insert the screws into each of the pilot holes, then retract them using the reverse function of the drill. Once screws are removed, use a 2” angled paintbrush and semigloss paint to update the pre-cut, primed MDF.

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Fasten Flanges and MDF to Wall

Use a stud finder to locate the studs within the wall. Based on the stud locations, hold the MDF up in place and fasten the MDF through the wall and into studs. Insert 2” stainless steel wood screws through the holes of each flange and into the pre-drilled holes of the MDF.

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Make Hat Holders

The hat holders are made from 8” wood discs placed above each costume. You can find simple wood discs at most craft stores or you can make them out of 3/4”-thick paint-grade plywood. Use a compass to mark the size, then cut using a jigsaw. Paint the discs the same color as the MDF.

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Attach Flanges to Wooden Discs

Position the flange directly in the center of disc, then attach it using 1/2” stainless steel wood screws and a drill.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Assemble Rods

Create the hanging rods by fastening the threaded galvanized metal pipes, elbows and wooden disc-mounted flanges together. Make sure you’ve got a tight fit on each piece.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Attach Rods to Wall

Hold up each assembled rod in place along the painted MDF and slowly thread the end of the pipe into the wall-mounted flange, ensuring a tight fit.

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Add Costumes

Once each hanging rod is secured to the wall, place costumes on clothes hangers, then slide into place along hanging rods. Place hats onto wooden discs to complete the look of the costume station.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

If She's a Daydreamer

Free spirits will enjoy weaving dreamcatchers to send good vibes flowing through their bedrooms. The best part? You can make them out of practically anything – fabric remnants, old scarves, ribbon. I made these using an embroidery hoop, thread and scraps of lace (for the large one) and children’s bangle bracelets and necklaces (for the small one). 

The inner-weave can be a little intimidating at first: Start from the outside, creating wide loops around the frame of your dreamcatcher – use your fingers to keep the spacing even if you're having trouble. Remember that there doesn't have to be any rhyme or reason; the more of these you make, the easier the process gets. 

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