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Decorating children's rooms can be daunting. For one thing, you can be sure to hear from the mini-occupants if your refined sensibility happens to clash with their yellow-only palette or a particularly enthusiastic 'pirate phase'. 

The good news is, children’s rooms can also be the perfect space to stretch everyone’s imagination. There’s no need to play by minimalist rules, which means you can create your own confetti of cuteness by blending readymade pieces with DIY influences.  

Blogs like Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge are ideal first stops for practical tips and inspiration. Apart from providing a thrilling peek at other homebodies’ success stories, the finished rooms are also proof that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to renovating kids’ spaces.

Circus themed room by stylist Kate Dixon, featuring a 7ft tall spinning 'ferris wheel' toy storage unit. (via Apartment Therapy) Click for more photos

Children's rooms 101

Circus themed room by stylist Kate Dixon, featuring a 7ft tall spinning 'ferris wheel' toy storage unit. (via Apartment Therapy)

If you feel like getting hands-on and don’t mind embarking on a side project, why not take on a bold, whimsical theme and fit the room’s decor around it? Even if it’s not a seven foot tall Ferris Wheel toy storage unit you’re after, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in searching for your own customised rugs, cushions or wall decals that will instantly brighten the room with a gentle dose of warmth and personality. 

From safari-themed play spaces to vintage nurseries, check out our gallery for more decorating ideas!