In a Kid’s Room, Pastels Can Have Personality, Too

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Looking to create a soothing environment for your little one? A pastel palette doesn’t just make a space feel bigger—it can have a calming effect that promotes relaxation. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll be designing a room your child won’t be excited about. Powdery pinks, mint greens, and soft lavenders can be mixed and layered with reckless abandon—for a maximalist-fun vibe that kids love. 

The trick to styling low-saturation hues is to not worry about matching colors exactly. Instead incorporate a few tonal shades of each color into your palette. Plus these softer options work just as well for infants as they do for older children, so the room, and the decorative elements you invest in, can grow with them.

This textured wool rug serves as a nice, almost-neutral base for a room. However, its two-tone, geometric pattern ensures that while it might be subtle, it still makes a statement.

A piece of art that’s sure to convert your little one into a Francophile. This watercolor-inspired print depicts a Paris skyline—Eiffel Tower included. It’s a sweet way to add a bit of magic to their space. 

Nothing says “kids-only zone” like a dedicated nook for crafting, snacking, or playing. Bonus: The colorful mix of pastel chairs lets the table’s wainscoting-style paneling shine.

Add a whimsical touch to the space with this cloud-inspired ceramic night-light. Even its power cord—covered in a back-and-white chevron pattern—is cute, which means there’s no need to hide it. 

When a room’s accessories are bold, it’s nice to keep the bedspread simple. This ruffle-edged light pink comforter is a great basic layer that complements without competing. Finish it off with a quirky throw pillow (or two).  

Perfect for nap time and reading in bed, this shell-shaped pillow gives the space an ethereal quality with its powder blue hue and velvety-soft texture.

There’s no such thing as too much storage—especially in a kid’s room. These fun pom-pom–embellished canvas bins are excellent catchalls for toys and other miscellaneous odds and ends that your little one collects—encouraging a clutter-free space when playtime is over. 

These cups only look precious. We love their vintage-inspired design and durability—they’re dishwasher-safe!

Catherine Dash

Contributing Editor

Catherine Dash is a freelance design editor and prop stylist based in Oakland, California (a recent transplant from NYC). When she’s not testing new products and writing about interior trends, she’s likely on set sprinkling her styling fairy dust for clients like Nate Berkus and Chairish, perusing blooms at the flower market, or wrangling her charming, yet wily, 2.5-year-old toddler Coco.