15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids

By Sheilla Sanon / Published by Dwell
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It's never too early to instill a good sense of design into your kids.

If you're getting ready to design your child's room, take the opportunity to get as playful as you like. You can either make it an aesthetic extension of the rest of your home, or create a personalized hideout that represents their unique style. Both options provide a chance to have fun with it—either on your own or collaboratively with your child. 

Take a look at these 15 examples of modern spaces for children that will provide the inspiration you need to get started.

A Creative Hideout in the Deam House

In addition to a swing, Cal's room features Maija & Kristina Isola's Sola bedding for Marimekko.

In addition to a swing, Cal's room features Maija & Kristina Isola's Sola bedding for Marimekko.

Photo: Dustin Aksland
Spinning off the living room on the north side of the main house, the children’s study sits separately from the other pavilions. On its upper level, Oxley netting forms a web on which the kids and their friends can sit and read with views of the leafy street and garden.

Spinning off the living room on the north side of the main house, the children’s study sits separately from the other pavilions. On its upper level, Oxley netting forms a web on which the kids and their friends can sit and read with views of the leafy street and garden.

Photo: Peter Bennetts
The upper two levels of the home are set back from the street, increasing privacy and allowing light to flow uninhibited from the front clerestory window into the communal living spaces. On the top floor, the children's bedrooms are strategically veiled from the street by the slatted reflector screen.

The upper two levels of the home are set back from the street, increasing privacy and allowing light to flow uninhibited from the front clerestory window into the communal living spaces. On the top floor, the children's bedrooms are strategically veiled from the street by the slatted reflector screen.

Photo: Ben Rahn
A mural by local illustrator Kale Williams—a good friend and the wife of one of Brill’s partners—provides the backdrop forthe nursery.

A mural by local illustrator Kale Williams—a good friend and the wife of one of Brill’s partners—provides the backdrop forthe nursery.

Emily Andrews
The architects’ two young children occupy this bright bedroom, furnished with Ikea beds. Another custom lamp illuminates the space.

The architects’ two young children occupy this bright bedroom, furnished with Ikea beds. Another custom lamp illuminates the space.

Photo: Tiia Ettala
At the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow, the kids share a warm, bright space with modern prints. 

At the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow, the kids share a warm, bright space with modern prints. 

Photo by Richard Foulser
Little Crown Interiors inserted a transparent crib into this Los Angeles nursery—along with a clear changing table and side table. Pops of green and blue almost glow in comparison to the transparent surfaces.

Little Crown Interiors inserted a transparent crib into this Los Angeles nursery—along with a clear changing table and side table. Pops of green and blue almost glow in comparison to the transparent surfaces.

Courtesy of Little Crown Interiors
The Ironhorse Residence's nursery by Akin Design Studio features clean, earthy tones and multiple textures—all of which help tie in the hushed palette from the rest of the home. 

The Ironhorse Residence's nursery by Akin Design Studio features clean, earthy tones and multiple textures—all of which help tie in the hushed palette from the rest of the home. 

Courtesy of Akin Design Studio
The Gizmo bed by Italian designer Daniele Lago celebrates the illusion of levitation. This suspended children’s bed is designed to nest into the corners of bedrooms in order to maximize space for children to play. It's upholstered with faux leather and padded with natural cotton.

The Gizmo bed by Italian designer Daniele Lago celebrates the illusion of levitation. This suspended children’s bed is designed to nest into the corners of bedrooms in order to maximize space for children to play. It's upholstered with faux leather and padded with natural cotton.

Courtesy of LAGO SpA
The combination bunk bed and playhouse is another whimsical gesture Bergendy Cooke designed specifically for her two daughters. The spaces are organized in such a way that they can play independently or together.

The combination bunk bed and playhouse is another whimsical gesture Bergendy Cooke designed specifically for her two daughters. The spaces are organized in such a way that they can play independently or together.

Photo: Paul McCredie
A copper mobile by JF Jones hangs over a Leander crib and a vintage Moroccan rag rug in the nursery. The rocking chair is by Hans Wegner for Fredericia.

A copper mobile by JF Jones hangs over a Leander crib and a vintage Moroccan rag rug in the nursery. The rocking chair is by Hans Wegner for Fredericia.

Photo: Derek Shapton
Compact bedrooms mean more space for communal areas. The room designed for the Conine’s daughter boasts a custom three-level bunkbed for sleepovers. The wool rug is by Chandra, the bedding is by Coyuchi, the desk is by Misewell, and the chair is by Jonathan Adler.

Compact bedrooms mean more space for communal areas. The room designed for the Conine’s daughter boasts a custom three-level bunkbed for sleepovers. The wool rug is by Chandra, the bedding is by Coyuchi, the desk is by Misewell, and the chair is by Jonathan Adler.

Photo: Gibeon Photography
The kids' room designed by Lucy Feagins is especially vibrant, with Tango-painted walls by Delux, artwork by Rachel Castle and Beci Orpin, handmade beaded chandeliers by Emily Green, and a kicky pineapple lamp by Down to the Woods.

The kids' room designed by Lucy Feagins is especially vibrant, with Tango-painted walls by Delux, artwork by Rachel Castle and Beci Orpin, handmade beaded chandeliers by Emily Green, and a kicky pineapple lamp by Down to the Woods.

Phu Tang
In the kids’ bunk room, Maca designed walnut beds with built-in storage and fabric headboards, and covered each one in hand-knit blankets by Marcela Rodriguez-Chile. The giraffe sconces are from Jonathan Adler. The girls play on a hand-embroidered Olli lounger from Heath Ceramics.

In the kids’ bunk room, Maca designed walnut beds with built-in storage and fabric headboards, and covered each one in hand-knit blankets by Marcela Rodriguez-Chile. The giraffe sconces are from Jonathan Adler. The girls play on a hand-embroidered Olli lounger from Heath Ceramics.

Photo: Matthew Williams
The kids' room is wrapped in wood and features built-in bunk beds for a relaxed and cozy camp vibe. It's outfitted with built-in bunk beds.

The kids' room is wrapped in wood and features built-in bunk beds for a relaxed and cozy camp vibe. It's outfitted with built-in bunk beds.

Photo: Fernando Guerra

Sheilla Sanon

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Sheilla Sanon is a writer, adventurer, and furniture designer in Atlanta, GA.

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