Budget Kids’ Rooms

Here’s the perfect example of how budget really doesn’t matter when it comes to creating great rooms. Here are three childrens rooms I did on a budget of $30,000 for all three, which did not include painting the walls or the floors, but everything else in the space. Two girls and one boy, I was able to work with two catalog brands and even a few pieces from VW Home, like the antique bed in the orange and pink room. The other bed is from Brocade Homes.

I wanted to create three completely different emotions. The antique bed I bought, with curtains and linens in  hot pink and bright orange with an amoeba shaped carpet on the white floors, both night tables, one a desk, came from catalogs. There’s some Crate & Barrel and some Wisteria. The elements are really a great combination of industrial with more romantic looking pieces.

In the lavender room the wall behind the bed is mauve, the curtains are stamped paper with white blackout shades in the window, the bed from Brocade Homes, the night tables are from Room & Board and I really felt that the different emotions match the personalities of the girls.

The boy’s room shows how musical instruments can become part of the decoration. The headboard are cardboard tubes that are mounted on the walls. The bookcases from CB2 become accents in the space and behind the curtains (with gromets), it becomes storage for the kids.

Not bad hey?

(As always, click on the photos to see the larger version)

14 comments


  • Vincente,
    I love the boy’s room! The cardboard tube headboard is such a simple yet ingenious idea. And the storage behind curtain is my all-time favorite for clearing out all that stuff teens accumulate.
    As always, I admire your work (especially the one on the budget 🙂

    April 13, 2010
  • Gary Nelling

    Vicente – Not bad? These rooms are fantastic and I’ll bet the kids love you! As a person from a middle class background, I feel strongly about bringing good design to people on a budget. And this shows that it can be done with spirit and imagination. I think the quality furniture catalog retailers like Room & Board and Crate & Barrel do us a great service. And from this point forward, no artist or craftsman should ever blame his tools or materials, because in the proper hands art is always possible! – Gary

    April 13, 2010
  • LOVE THE LAVENDAR ROOM………..
    LIKE I’VE SAID I AM NOT A DESIGNER AND HAVE ALWAYS DONE MY OWN HOUSE’S MAINLY BECAUSE I DID NOT WORK AND I HAD TIME AND LOVED TO SHOP AND ANTIQUE, SO I HAVE ALWAYS USED HIGH AND LOW TOGETHER AND OF COURSE WE NEED ALL PRICE LEVELS AVALIABLE TO US…
    MY TAST HAVE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS AND FIND THAT NOW IN MY 40’S I FINALLY FEEL LIKE I AM SINKING INTO MY STYLE WITH A FEELING OF REALLY LOVING MYSELF AND WHAT I CHOOSE TO HAVE IN MY SPACE AS FAR AS DECORATING AND WHAT I WEAR NOW… I THINK YOU DID A LOT WITH THE MONEY YOU HAD AND KIDS ROOMS WILL CHANGE IN 5 YEARS TIME SO TO PUT A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY INTO THOSE SPACES JUST MEANS THAT YOUR WILLING TO PUT MORE INTO IT IN A FEW YEARS TIME???

    BY THE WAY I LET MY KIDS DESIGN THERE ROOMS NOW AS TEENAGER AND IT IS SUCH A RELIEF TO NOT CARE LIKE I USE TOO ABOUT EVERY THING LOOKING LIKE “WHAT I WANTED IT TO LOOK LIKE”..

    XXOO
    MELISSA

    April 13, 2010
  • Not bad at all….; )
    Great design can be done at any range…
    Love the clean lines you maintained.

    My kids (13/10) mostly designed their rooms and they are different then I would have done, like Melissa I am so happy to let go of the pressure!
    I mostly enjoy their creativity! They have to have all their stuff displayed, it’s wild, but so them…

    I have worked on almost every design project on a budget which is rather small. I love that challenge, but would not mind to do all I could without limits.
    I wonder what it’s like…

    XX
    Victoria

    April 13, 2010
  • I like them all. I imagine visiting these rooms for the very first time – one stunner after another. The 3 together, well, it’s one of those “wholes greater than the sum of the parts.”

    Where did the canopy bed come from? I couldn’t find it in VW Home.

    April 13, 2010
  • Great ideas and implementation, Vincente. Some kids were very happy with the outcomes. Love how you successfully mixed custom, store ready and good design concepts.

    April 13, 2010
  • These kids will undoubtedly grow up to have very sophisticated tastes!

    April 14, 2010
  • Caroline Yu

    Great rooms! Love the tubing in the boy’s room and the oversized artwork in there as well. Where did you find the great bedding for the rooms? Those look custom or semi-custom to me.

    April 14, 2010
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    April 14, 2010
  • I love all the rooms but especially the boy’s room. It is sometimes difficult to make a boys room cool & sophisticated yet still playful and not cheap looking. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing!

    April 15, 2010
  • Love these rooms. The cardboard headboard is brilliant. Sometimes I think that creativity is bolder when there is a budget constraint!

    April 16, 2010
  • Vicente

    Terry, The traditional four-poster bed came from Indonesia and it was at VW Home, but when the client saw it, they wanted it for the little girl’s room. I like the classic lines it has. At VW Home we sell upholstered beds, which we produce ourselves. Beds like these are rare to find, so if you see one, grab it.

    April 16, 2010
  • Vicente

    Caroline, I work with a company called Fine Linens in New York and they have a quick turnaround and very beautiful embroideries and options. Nice designs and a great color selection.

    April 16, 2010
  • You are cool designer.
    Thanks for the interesting story.
    I want to try to use some of your ideas to create an interior for my daughter.

    February 24, 2012

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