2013 Kid's Room Contest

And the winner is...

(Mark Gail / For The Washington Post)

With an orange-and-teal fabric spotted online as inspiration, Reagan Lake of Kensington turned what she called “an empty box with two windows” into a bright, budget-friendly nursery for her daughter. That room was chosen as the judges’ favorite in our 2013 Kid’s Room Contest, with a $300 prize.

Meet the 2013 Judges

Jura Koncius

Jura Koncius, a staff reporter and home expert, helps you choose everything from paint type to the best designer fabrics at a discount.

Liz Seymour

Liz Seymour is the editor of the Local Living, Weekend and the Going Out Guide sections. She has edited home and design coverage for more than nine years.

Regan Billingsley

Regan Billingsley of Regan Billingsley Interiors has been designing for over 12 years. Her firm has offered decoration and renovation services in D.C., New York, Los Angeles and beyond.

2012 Kid's Room Contest

Kid’s Room Contest winner

(Norm Shafer / FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

A couple of yard-sale twin beds helped complete 14-year-old Phoebe DeVito’s colorful room. Take a look at the winning entry from Greenwood, Va.

Kid’s Room Contest readers’ choice winner

Clay and his mother sit in his room. (John McDonnell/Post)

Six-year-old Clay Derderian’s ‘Make a Wish’ trip inspired his bedroom.

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Kid’s Room Contest pointers

Kid’s Room Contest pointers

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So long, pink and blue

So long, pink and blue

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Kid’s Room Contest: How to get a sophisticated, flexible style

Kid’s Room Contest: How to get a sophisticated, flexible style

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Kid’s Room Contest: Design that reflects child’s creativity

Kid’s Room Contest: Design that reflects child’s creativity

Let them have a say in what their space looks like and the result can be inspiring, designer Regan Billingsley says.

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An age-appropriate kid’s room

An age-appropriate kid’s room

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Ageless designs for kids’ rooms

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