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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.

Polka Dots Area Rug by Safavieh, Walmart ($284)

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.

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Set of 2 Cabana Stripe Curtain Panel by Your Zone, Walmart ($10)

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.

3-Piece Finn Metal Frame Play Table and Stool Set by Mainstays, Walmart ($129)

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.

Letto Bunk Bed by P’kolino, Walmart ($250)

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

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Rocket Accent Table Lamp by Your Zone, Walmart ($24)

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

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Toy Storage Organizer by Humble Crew, Walmart ($70)

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.

Decorative Knot Ball Pillow by Fymall, Walmart ($19)

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

Canvas Flip Chair by Your Zone, Walmart ($100)

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.