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5 Ways to Include Art in Your Kids’ Room

by The Artful Parent Editorial Team
January 24, 2024
art for kids rooms

Want to surround your child with art without breaking the bank? Try our 5 ideas for finding, creating or hanging art for kids’ rooms.

Updated April 2024

Decorating your kids’ rooms with art can inspire creativity and imagination. Art can also create a personalized space that reflects kids’ interests and personality.

But curating an entire room can add up. And what happens when your kids’ tastes change?

Since we don’t have thousands of dollars to buy modern art for our children’s bedrooms or playrooms, and since many of you probably don’t either, here are a few inexpensive alternatives to decorating a child’s room with art.

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Photo by Rachel Withers

5 Ways to Include Art in Your Kids’ Room

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Photo by Rachel Withers

1. Your Child’s Art

Give your child’s art the star treatment by matting and framing it and hanging it in their room (and around the house). And if it’s an abstract toddler drawing or painting, then it looks super modern!

book page framed
Photo by Andrea Martelle

2. Illustrations from Favorite Picture Books

Mat and frame your favorite illustrations from children’s picture books. There are some amazing artists out there making beautiful illustrations for children’s books. Hang one, or a series, on the wall. Whether you buy a new book for this purpose or pick up a copy at a library book sale or yard sale, it’s still a lot cheaper than most art.

kids art in baby room
Photo by Andrea Martelle

3. A Poster or Print

It may not be original, but it’s inexpensive. Visit Art.com or Allposters.com and search by artist, subject, or even color. Or, when visiting an art museum, buy prints or even just postcards of your favorite art, then mat and frame it.

We know we’re repeating ourselves about the matting and framing, but a mat and a frame makes everything look great!

clip and bead hanging artwork
Photo by Rachel Withers

4. Ephemeral Art

Put up a chalkboard to encourage art that changes day to day like on Petit & Small. Or change things up. Rotating art pieces can keep the room fresh and stimulating without breaking the bank. We love display options that make it easy to switch artwork out on a regular basis.

whale on barn board
Photo by Andrea Martelle

5. Original Art

If you would still like original art, try Etsy for inexpensive, original art like this from Mermaid Meadow. Or become a patron of local artists who haven’t had their big break yet.

Photo by Rachel Withers

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One Response

  1. Wow, what an interesting article you found! Wouldn’t we all love to be surrounded by $20K of modern art — hello office space?!?!! I love your suggestions, especially framing and hanging your child’s artwork. As young kids, my children made terrific abstract art. Now, in elementary school, we’re getting some beautiful realistic pieces. I hope to decorate with their art for years to come!

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