Published on September 9, 2020

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Vibrant colors aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay. But that doesn’t mean you need to buy into the idea that neutrals are beige and boring—especially in a kid’s room. Tonal shades of gray can be surprisingly interesting with the right mix of pattern and texture. Keeping color simple and consistent creates a cool and calming foundation to build off of—it’s timeless, gender neutral, and easy to style.

Finding success with a neutral color palette is all about contrast: Mix dots with stripes; pair chunky knits with smooth weaves. As long as you have a balanced assortment of tones—we recommend a range from white to charcoal gray—and a smattering of playful accents to soften up the space, it’s hard to go wrong.

Ivory dots pop against the soft gray background of this hand-tufted wool area rug. Juxtapose this piece with varying patterns in the same space (like striped curtains) for some fun print mixing.

Done in a classic bold stripe, these curtains will add interest—and a more polished touch—to your kid’s room. Bonus: They’re machine washable.

Minimalist parents will love this metal and wood table-and-chairs set’s pared-down design and curved silhouette. Kids will love how perfect it is for crafts, games, and, yes, even homework.

Durable, functional, and sleek, a bunk bed is both a small-space savior and a sleepover must.

Kitschy accents—like this gray spaceship lamp—are a fun way to let your kids’ personalities really shine.

Keep clutter at bay with this four-tiered shelf that holds 12 removable storage bins in two different sizes. As opposed to a lidded toy box, this organization system clearly displays its contents, making whatever your little one is searching for easy to find.

Simple in design, playful in shape, this knot pillow is perfect for laying on or cuddling with. 

Create a hangout zone in your kid’s room with this cozy chair that’s perfect for reading books or listening to music. Not only will it grow with them into their teen years, but it can easily be converted into a foldout bed for guests.