8 Kids’ Bedrooms With A Gothic Edge

Black is not the first color that comes to mind when painting a child’s room. But it works well as an accent color, as demonstrated by these inspired kids’ quarters. Here are 8 inspiring rooms, just in time for Halloween:

Above L: A black painted wall in a Brooklyn bedroom inhabited by Jenna Lyons’ son; photo by Melanie Acevedo. Above R: Jan Eleni’s solution for a client’s Batman-obsessed son includes a spooky photo mural.

Above: A child’s bed painted glossy black; photo via French by Design.

Above: A corner of an urban apartment dedicated to the nursery, black furniture included. See more on House Call: Varpunen in Finland.

Above: Black chalkboard paint and matte black-painted furniture in a Dutch children’s bedroom seen on Onszelf wallpaper.

Above: A lofted kids room with a black-painted floor via Ideas to Steal.

Above: A black iron crib is lined with natural linen fabric via Boo and the Boy.

Above: A black and white wall in a boys’ room in Sweden via Plaza Interiör.

Above: A half-black wall in a boys room via A Merry Mishap.

Redesigning your child’s bedroom or preparing for a new family member? Sift through seven pages of Children’s Rooms in our Remodelista‘s Room Gallery.

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K S.
Krish Away2 years ago


Heidi R.
Past Member 2 years ago

These colors are not my cup of tea, but I support allowing children to decide and indeed help decorate their spaces themselves. They can always learn a few good things about working towards their goals in life and this helps them develop their personalities.

I do think the blackboard wall is fantastic!

Carol P.
Carol P.2 years ago

These are better than pink or blue, though an entire wall in black is oppressive.

It does bother me that we don't apply the same principles for our children as we would for ourselves. Why not choose the calming colors that we would want in our place of rest?

Granted, children may spend more time playing in their rooms, but artwork or use of accents can add color to any neutral base, and could easily be updated as your child moved into the next phase of their likes and dislikes without having to paint over and create a toxic environment with paint fumes.

I do hope that this inspires people to choose more neutral and long-lasting color schemes for their children. Granted, I still don't see why we "need" to do half of the decorating that we do. Huge waste of natural resources. There are other ways to let your child know you love them.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.2 years ago


Suzan F.
Suzan F.2 years ago

Those walls are too white, & there's too much light coming in. My walls are medium blue, & I have black plastic (no, not trash bags!) on my windows. No sun comes in at all. Sun hurts my eyes. I like the looks of the ones at the top.

Susan B.
susan B.2 years ago

This took me back to 20yrs ago. My oldest son went gothic with everything in his life at age 14. Glad he outgrew that.

Christine W.
Christine W.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Arild Warud
Arild Warud2 years ago


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Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago