COMMON DESIGN MISTAKES | Kids’ Bedroom Mistakes and How to Fix Them | Julie Khuu

COMMON DESIGN MISTAKES | Kids’ Bedroom Mistakes and How to Fix Them | Julie Khuu

Welcome back to the common design mistakes series! Today, we are discussing kids’ bedrooms, from the young toddler, to a teenager, to the young adult phase. Namely that transition period where they are ever-growing, ever-evolving with their lifestyle and hobbies. How do we, as parents, keep up with their changing needs while prioritizing budget, functionality, and style?

In this video, I am breaking down the TOP TEN most common design mistakes I see made in kids’ bedroom designs and offer my tips on how to effectively resolve them.

Catch up with our common design mistakes series here:

Let me know which rooms you want to see common design mistakes for next! Thank you for watching!

Cover image: Decoist
Edited by: Kelly Nguyen for Julie Khuu Interior Design
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  1. J D on March 31, 2023 at 7:31 am

    Great video, Julie! Do you have any tips for bunkbeds and low loft beds?

  2. CowboyBike06 on March 31, 2023 at 7:31 am

    Thank you!!

  3. random name on March 31, 2023 at 7:33 am

    Not all of this are mistakes every time I think. Like, everyone has there own style and a white room or a colorful wall for example can also be great! It also doesn’t always have to be perfectly designed after what’s written in a book at designers school. You do you, guys!

  4. Shivon Vee on March 31, 2023 at 7:33 am

    Thank you for finding all these great rooms so I don’t have to do the work!

  5. Juhi Sharma Prasad on March 31, 2023 at 7:34 am

    Magical video…

  6. Elena707 on March 31, 2023 at 7:34 am

    Subbed! Love your energy…great intro straight to the point ❤️

  7. Tessa Fontaine on March 31, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Great expertise tips

  8. Preeti Puni on March 31, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Office space maybe

  9. carmela bianca on March 31, 2023 at 7:36 am

    Tnk u ..mam juls I learn a’s an honor if u can drop in our house and make my daughter’s bedroom…pls

  10. Amani Willis on March 31, 2023 at 7:37 am

    Can you do a kids/toddlers feng shui video too please!

  11. Pam Ohri on March 31, 2023 at 7:37 am

    The size of many kids rooms won’t accommodate adult furniture. I slept in a twin bed until I got married. You should do a video on kids rooms when the room is small.

  12. Catlady Lion on March 31, 2023 at 7:38 am

    “ the key to decorating a kid’s room is curating investment pieces that can work for any age” so true ❤️ . My partner and I don’t have kids yet, but recently we visited our friends after a year, the wife had a kid last year and she said something very similar when we were in their house. That way it saves money and energy to go out buy furniture and it’s eco friendly too . Love you videos and contents , always learn something watching your videos

  13. Aline Toussaint/ atoussphoto on March 31, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Thank you, just one question: where is their stuff? My kid needs to see things or he forgets they exist, toys, clothes, books. And he collects so many little lego figurines.

  14. no access on March 31, 2023 at 7:41 am

    i really feel this video was specially made for me. thank u dear. much love from Uganda.

  15. mom ASOL on March 31, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Thank you this is very helpful tips my whole house was a plain white.

  16. Rheanon on March 31, 2023 at 7:42 am

    I love your videos thank you for all the content!!!

  17. ESTHER Olawuyi on March 31, 2023 at 7:46 am

    My soon to be 3 yr old toddler is roller! Plus his new room is gonna be smaller than his current room…. I’m not sure a queen will fit… can I put guardrails on a full?

  18. Rose on March 31, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Excellent video!!! The window treatments were a game changer for me. A lot of designers on you tube don’t focus enough on window treatments and especially for childrens rooms.

  19. Florence on March 31, 2023 at 7:48 am

    I’m a kid and I have been wanting my room done differently for about 3 years now and they haven’t changed it and Ive grown to have different likings and tastes for stuff and grey wall and purple trims aren’t the best yet and I’ve been saving stuff to get better inspiration and for my family to get my point of view for how I wanted it and this helped a lot!

  20. Cherry Tulip on March 31, 2023 at 7:55 am

    What do yo recommend for the toys?

  21. CowboyBike06 on March 31, 2023 at 7:55 am

    That changing table just might work in a teens room! 😳🤰

  22. Cassandra Savage friendgxrl on March 31, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Nothing I hate more than blue carpet.

  23. lovegoodss on March 31, 2023 at 7:58 am

    I found some of your tips really helpful. However, I do think furniture in children’s size is useful. Especially for toddlers, they won’t be able to open the high drawers, or sit on normal chairs comfortably, also they might fall out of a queen size bed in the middle of the room. I rather buy fitting furniture second hand, well knowing we probably only use it for 5 years. Unless a second one comes around 😁 also restyling the room now and then is a great way to get creative and express your growing personality. As a child, I loved it when we rearranged my room or changed the walls or I got a new piece of furniture after some years

  24. Rachel B on March 31, 2023 at 7:59 am

    I think the biggest mistake people make with kids’ rooms is overdesigning them and not letting the kids have enough say. Some of these rooms are really great, but they look like they were designed by adults…. for adults. Children are *not* just tiny adults. Their development is in full swing and their brains work very differently. A bedroom is the place where *they* play, work, and live, and it’s generally the only space they have that is their own – and they’re often sharing with a sibling or two. It’s one thing to set some limits or guidelines like "No, we’re not going to paint every wall bright orange," but what’s so wrong with having a more blank canvas and allowing the kids to showcase their own interests and talents, instead of an adult deciding that for them…?

  25. Brenda Sollers on March 31, 2023 at 7:59 am

    How should 3 year old bedroom should look like?

  26. Brenda Sollers on March 31, 2023 at 8:00 am

    My son love cars and tracks. But he’s room have a few paw patrol storage items. I’m trying to fix the room for it can look bigger. How should I place the bed in he’s room?

  27. Ogo Ibhade on March 31, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Hi Julie. Great content as usual. Would you consider doing a shared (small) family room/playroom?

  28. Lexa Silvestre on March 31, 2023 at 8:01 am

    I appreciate all the knowledge and experience that you devoted here, but, sincerely, with exception of those cartoon character’s rooms, most would prefer the "no’s" rooms. The childhood takes a little bit of time, if well planned, by the time they’re teens, the family would be able to make a transformation. And if not, the teenager will start knowing how to work for it e make it as it wants.
    I definitely agree with the furniture, tho.

  29. GothGirlWorld on March 31, 2023 at 8:05 am

    These are some really unrealistic looking rooms. Like they were pulled from a magazine ad.

  30. Kajsa S on March 31, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Thanx for good content and really functional tips

  31. CowboyBike06 on March 31, 2023 at 8:08 am

    I want to put a slide in my daughter’s room!! Think she’ll mind? She’s 24…and still living in the basement! 😂😂
    Your rooms (or those you chose from the webs) are gorgeous!!
    My mother always had such great taste. Growing up my bedroom was beautiful! I always knew how fortunate I was.

  32. Gadios Novelas y mas noticias on March 31, 2023 at 8:09 am

    I love this😍

  33. lauren guthman on March 31, 2023 at 8:11 am

    I love the video. It’s very informative & has a lot of great tips in it. However, as a mom of an almost 4 yr old toddler, a lot of these room ideas seem more geared twords teens/adults vs younger kiddos in my opinion. Idk about you all, but my son wouldn’t be asking or wanting these type of designed rooms that are more grownup, mature. These kind of rooms I feel you would find in a show house thats for sale or a rental property. I don’t agree with getting a bigger bed like a queen right off the bat & purchasing adult sized furniture especially if you have a toddler. Yes I get the reasoning behind it like it saves you lots of $, grows with your child etc. but whats the point of having furniture that they can’t open themselves & use. You would have to do everything for them still, which defeats the purpose of helping your kiddos be independent. For me I don’t mind spending the $ on furniture their size like a bed, or dresser & my son loves his independence to do things himself I think he’d get mad or frustrated if he always had to wait for me to do everything for him.

  34. Laura Coronado on March 31, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Omg your mistakes are everything I was already steering away from! I feel so happy !! Lol I feel like Im on the right track!

  35. Chibi Girl on March 31, 2023 at 8:13 am

    I like the guidelines. Really versatile. Thanks. I’m curious what your thoughts on design incorporating pets (dogs, cats, birds) needs. Pet furniture seems… Off. Maybe I’m not looking at it the right context?

  36. Bessy Corrales on March 31, 2023 at 8:13 am

    My grandkids stay over often and have their own room in my home. I agree with purchasing quality pieces from the get-go, vs. the kiddie stuff, but I don’t agree that kids under 18 need anything over a twin size bed. Also, quality pieces can be bought 2nd hand for a fraction of new. I found a PB bed for $50 off of FB Marketplace. Solid piece that can literally last generations.

  37. Jayy Bear on March 31, 2023 at 8:16 am

    I mean my son would LOVE that Lightning McQueen room 😂 but he’s also 3

  38. Lucky Lass. on March 31, 2023 at 8:17 am

    I hate having to rent a house. The rent costs 450$, we aren’t allowed to do anything to the house, the entire house is falling apart, we can’t have anything in the back or front yard. And the house is so old! But, at least we have somewhere to live.

  39. Kt85 on March 31, 2023 at 8:18 am

    We going with a light purple since my daughter as austim anything too bright on the walls too much she won’t sleep.

  40. The art dog on March 31, 2023 at 8:19 am

    I love your tips, but I really don’t agree with some of these, because having bold colors can help kids represent their personality. I also think that having white walls just means that you can have lots of things to go along with it.

  41. Sng CL on March 31, 2023 at 8:22 am

    i also seen 9:31 before on google n loved it. cool same taste

  42. Kaijus Movies And Games 𖣐 on March 31, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Hello, I’m a 9 years old. Just wanted to Say hi.

  43. Vannette Stover on March 31, 2023 at 8:24 am

    What if your child is begging for a themed room? My son is in love with toy story right now and he stays hyper fixated with things for years

  44. Velda Ramirez on March 31, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Fantastic!!!! Wonderful ideas 😍😍😍😍thanks Julie!!

  45. Violeta Mcphee on March 31, 2023 at 8:27 am

    What color should I paint my bedroom with my black oriental furniture to enhance the room?

  46. Karl's Content on March 31, 2023 at 8:27 am

    as a kid all i need is a desk, pc chair and bed and im good

  47. Maya Wallace on March 31, 2023 at 8:28 am

    One thing I noticed is that you didn’t cover rooms with bunk beds. I have two rooms both with bunk beds. This takes up a whole from showing. I’d love to see how to decorate smaller rooms with bunk beds.

  48. Brenda Sollers on March 31, 2023 at 8:29 am

    What’s wrong with cartoons bedroom idea?

  49. Nishal Dsouza on March 31, 2023 at 8:30 am

    How can I reach you? Email? I would like to have my kids room designed by you, please.

  50. Natale on March 31, 2023 at 8:30 am

    Let kids be kids and have kids rooms. This is literally just instead of letting them have a theme use mature bedding and put the theme as a wallpaper.. and instead of bright kids colors use muted dull colors. This is the white washed boring kardashian neutral world. Bring color back and let kids be messy kids.

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