It will come as no surprise that children spend A LOT of time in their bedrooms. Used for playing, sleeping, studying, and being creative, a childhood bedroom is one of the first real spaces where your kiddos can show off their personalities. But that's not to say that your child's personal sanctuary can't fit in with the rest of your home's decor.
While much inspiration will come from bright colors and pastel hues, don't discount darker color schemes. Skeptical? Here we unlock eight kids' bedroom ideas that show just how stylish, fun, and cozy the right shade of black paint can be.
1. Think about lighting.
If you're painting a room black, you need to consider your lighting options. Nobody wants an ultra-dark bedroom all of the time, even if it is just for sleeping. This gender-neutral shared space created by Curio Design Studio uses white to balance the bold shade. The neon lights above the beds don't hurt, either — plus they add a dash of playful charm.
Get the look: Benjamin Moore Black
2. Balance it out.
Hey, did you know that you can make an impact without painting the entire room black? Zoning your room is key when it comes to using darker colors — for instance, paint around the bed like Ellie from E.T.ShownHome to differentiate that area from the rest of the room. Add in graphic art and patterned cushions for the ultimate monochrome aesthetic.
Get the look: Behr Black
3. Add pops of color.
Black is a stunning base for brighter colors and works especially well with shades of neon or metallic finishes. This little girl's room by Ness from Four Cheeky Monkeys features hot pink wall decals, a bright yellow headboard, and colorful wire-frame accessories that really pop against the black backdrop.
Get the look: Valspar Chimney Smoke
4. Go graphic.
We love a graphic kids' bedroom idea, and this design by Chloe from Uber Kid is ticking all of the monochrome boxes. The white iron bed frame and pure white desk juxtaposed against jet black walls create a bold design — perfect for both boys and girls.
Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black
5. Make way for simple touches.
Jenni and Leah of Love and Lion prove that sometimes kids' bedroom ideas are all about the styling. They created this dramatic reading station, and even painted the picture ledges to match the wall so the books almost appear to be floating. And we love how the vibrant colors really pop against the black backdrop.
Get the look: Behr Broadway
6. Interact with your walls.
Just because black might seem like a color more suited to Scandinavian or contemporary graphic schemes, that doesn't mean that it won't work with another style like midcentury. A chalkboard wall makes use of the ebony hue while also allowing your little one to express their creativity to their heart's content.
Get the look: Rust-Oleum Black Chalkboard Paint
7. Create a scene.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Black really is the perfect backdrop for more vibrant colors. If you want to create a kids' bedroom idea that has more of a narrative, black walls will help set the scene. For example, how cute is this little one's refuge, complete with a starry sky and brown bear? It even incorporates a sleepy moon light from Hartendief.
Get the look: Benjamin Moore Witching Hour
8. Get creative.
It's time to release your inner child and get creative. What would 5-year-old YOU want in your dream bedroom? We think Anne Marie from TheHomeAndTheKid has hit the nail on the head with this Scandi-chic black refuge for her son. A chalkboard wall, house-shaped bed, and graphic Batman-inspired and soccer-themed accessories keep this kid's bedroom idea playful yet super stylish.
Get the look: Testors CreateFX Chalk Board Spray Paint