Recreate This Colorful Kids’ Universe with Help from Interior Designer Becki Owens

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Summer break has arrived, and while many of the activities during this action-packed time of year draw you (and your kids) out of the home, the one place you can count on spending time each day is the bedroom — so why not make it feel as fun-filled as the rest of your warm-weather itinerary?

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For inspiration on how to do it, we teamed up with Southern California interior designer Becki Owens to concept a bedroom at the Hunker House designed just for kiddos. As a mom of 4, Owens designs with her brood's affinities in mind, so we knew her creation would be kid-approved. "I want the child to feel excited about their room," Owens says. "I love getting their feedback and then designing something from there."

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At her house, that process starts with letting her kids pick a color they love. That hue becomes the launchpad for statement pieces, while adding in neutrals and texture helps give the space an elevated feel, she says.

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The collection with all of the above? Gap Home (available exclusively at Walmart), which recently launched its first-ever kids' assortment. The lineup combines Gap's timeless style with fun pops of color to help the space exude a sense of creativity and imagination for littles and grownups alike.

Keep reading to see how the vibrant transformation came together — and recreate it in your own home before summer's in full swing.

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A Soft Place to Land

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From left to right: Monarch Hill Wren Metal Bed ($234), Striped Arched Logo Organic Cotton Blend Sheet Set ($30+), Unicorn Tie-Dye Reversible Organic Cotton Blend Comforter Set ($45+), Mini Stripe T-Shirt Soft Jersey Organic Cotton Blend Sheet Set ($33+), Ombre Stars Organic Cotton Blend Sheet Set ($30+), T-Shirt Soft Jersey Organic Cotton Blend Quilt Set ($45+), 6-Drawer Mid-Century Modern Dresser ($260+)

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The key to making color pop is to start with a neutral base — like white walls, an ivory oak dresser, and a classic white bed frame that can house layers of colorful linens. (Bonus points if you pick out bedding that's reversible, so it can keep up with your little one's ever-changing tastes.)

Pile on the blankets and throw pillows, and the room will be pillow-fight or blanket-fort ready.

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Striped Arched Logo Sheet Set
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$30.00+

Unicorn Tie-Dye Comforter Set
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$45.00+

Mini Stripe Jersey Sheet Set
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$33.00+

Ombre Stars Sheet Set
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$30.00+

T-Shirt Jersey Quilt Set
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$45.00+

White Metal Bed
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$234.00+

Decorative Pillow with Pom Trim
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$25.00

Activities, Activated

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From left to right: Organic Cotton Decorative Pillow with Pom Trim ($25), Ombre Stripe Organic Cotton Decorative Pillow with Tassels ($25), Gordon Faux Sheepskin Rug ($25), Distressed Plaid Indoor Rug ($60+), Stacking Stool Round Dining Chairs ($100), 8-Piece Multipurpose Plastic Storage System ($25)

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For ample play opportunities before bedtime, try building out a colorful activity corner to give your kid a dedicated space to channel their creativity.

A coloring table with rollout paper makes for stain-proof, no-fuss art projects. Open storage bins and shelves stocked with paintable objects — think card stock, wooden blocks, and more — keep the space organized yet accessible. And stools at each station encourage parallel play with parents, siblings, or friends.

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We finished off the space with a cozy corner complete with floor pillows and thick rugs (for the days they're more in the mood for reading than crafting) and, of course, a few hand-drawn creations taped to the walls for additional personalized color.

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Decorative Pillow with Pom Trim
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Ombre Stripe Pillow with Tassels
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$25.00

Distressed Plaid Area Rug
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Faux Sheepskin Rug
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The Right Light

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From left to right: Stacked Ball Floor Lamp with White Shade ($93), Farmhouse 24" Wood Wall Mirror ($40), Easy Fit Textured Fringe Throw Pillow ($33)

The right light can make or break a room, which is why we turned our attention there to complete our colorful kids haven. The bedroom's floor-to-ceiling windows offer plenty of natural light, but we used them as an additional canvas for color by applying transparent vinyl shapes directly to the glass.

The result is a kaleidoscope effect that reflected into the mirror and throughout the room. As the light changes throughout the day, the colors do too.

Want to bring some rainbow-colored fun to every corner of your kiddo's room? Shop the Gap Home kids' collection to inspire even more imaginative fun in a colorful universe your littles will love.

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