101 Ideas: Affordable ideas for kids' rooms

Melissa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio

With a little money and a lot of creativity, you can transform your child's room into something magical. Try these affordable kids'-room decorating ideas.

- Use individual pieces accumulated over time instead of buying a matching furniture set.

- If you are willing to spend some time digging online, you can uncover original and affordable gems onEtsy.com and other similar marketplace sites. Items that are custom-made will not only make the room feel special, but help make it unique.

- A plain, boring glider becomes super-chic with the addition of new cushions in a trendy, graphic pattern. Throw in a few colorful pillows for added back support and the nursery will be a real showstopper.

- You don't have to be a super-DIYer, but it certainly pays off to start thinking handmade even if it's just for the smallest of details. Crafting a bit of decorative bunting or printing your own graphics for framing is a great way to catch the do-it-yourself fever.

- Rather than painting the wall behind the crib one color, why not get creative with paint and go for three or four colors? Horizontal or vertical stripes are dramatic

- Add graphics in an instant along with a bit of drama. When selecting decorative wall decals or wall stickers, think big. For just a little more, many companies offer custom designs and sizes so you can let your child's imagination run wild.

- An easy way to add flair to any child's room is with patterned accessories.

- Monochromatic or filled with color, an accent wall featuring photos, pictures and wall decor is a great way to kick it up a notch. Who knows? Maybe you'll inspire a mini-Picasso in the making.

- The wonders of great artwork! Walls adorned with gallery-style wall decor are popping up, and the best part of this fun trend is that it celebrates all styles of art and doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Courtesy Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio, co-founders of Project Nursery on hgtv.com.