Designing the right children’s playroom can be a tricky affair at times. There are several different ingredients that you need to get right to create the perfect playroom. Obviously, every parent wishes to create that magical setting that they can proudly call the world’s best playroom.
Yet, in reality, creating the perfect kids’ playroom is not just about the ‘wow factor’ alone. Safety goes hand-in-hand and creating the right blend between activity spaces and plush seating is a challenge in itself.
From a design standpoint, playrooms are incredibly fun projects. Your children will spend hours in there — playing, learning, and everything in between — so you have the freedom to cater to their tastes more than you would in other parts of your home. All of you can let your imaginations run wild when it comes to creating a look your kids will love.
But, that’s only half the battle. Underneath the aesthetics, this room also needs to be functional. A well-done playroom should be able to hold their attention and all their toys, while still seeming put together. Achieving all of these things in one space is not easy.
We’ve compiled a list of playroom ideas to help you create a room that is fun to look at while also serving its larger purpose. If you can draw inspiration from the tips in this post and then give them your own spin, we’re confident you’ll be able to create a space your whole family will love.
- 1 A Space to Play
- 2 Function Meets Fun
- 3 Window to the World
- 4 Upcycle for Fun
- 5 Cohesive Family Room Design
- 6 Play to Their Interests
- 7 Office Space
- 8 Scrabble, Anyone?
- 9 Bright + Modern
- 10 Creative Activity Rug
- 11 Create Distinct Activity Areas
- 12 Add Plenty of Storage
- 13 Bring in Color With Accessories
- 14 Try Out Creative Playroom Ideas On The Walls
- 15 Maximize Storage and Shelf Space
- 16 Creative Themes and Vibrant Colors
- 17 Combinations of Spaces and Zones
- 18 Toy Corner
- 19 Growing Design
- 20 Playhouse Under the Stairs
- 21 Integrated Design
A Space to Play
After a two week remodel, what was a dark, contractor-grade finished attic is now a shiny, happy spot for playing games, experimenting with crafts and hosting sleepovers. To give the small space a large, open feel, designer Brian Patrick Flynn mixed sea foam blue with a grassy shade of green, then combined traditional and modern design styles for something unique and up-to-date.
Function Meets Fun
Window to the World
Upcycle for Fun
Cohesive Family Room Design
Play to Their Interests
Bright + Modern
Creative Activity Rug
Create Distinct Activity Areas
Kids are notorious for jumping from one activity to the next with lightning speed and all parents know how tough it can be to hear the words, “I’m bored” floating down the hall. Fortunately, a playroom that’s set up correctly can help cut down on these occurrences by subtly suggesting ways for your youngsters to spend their time.
To do this, you’ll need to create a few different activity areas within the room. Simply put, that means putting together spaces that are each geared toward a specific purpose, like the reading nook shown in the picture above. You could also consider adding a table for arts and crafts or a media center with a TV that’s perfect for watching videos.
When creating these areas, be sure to keep all the items they’ll need for the activity within arm’s reach. Not only will doing so help you keep things more organized, but it will also encourage the little ones to stay focused on the task at hand.
Add Plenty of Storage
If there’s one universal truth, it’s that kids come with lots of stuff. The best playrooms are those with plenty of storage available to keep all of it out of the way while making it seem part of the design.
Your first step is to consider what kind of storage will work best for your family. Do you need lots of bookshelves for an avid reader, a tricked-out entertainment center for a video game aficionado, or cubbies to hold a menagerie of stuffed animals? You’ll likely need to use a combination of pieces to accommodate all of your child’s interests.
When you’re ready to buy the storage elements, focus on pieces that have potential to serve multiple functions and try to keep their colors as neutral as possible. Storage will probably be one of the priciest parts of your design, so try to select items that have the ability to grow with your children.
Bring in Color With Accessories
No playroom should ever be bland, but there’s nothing worse than the idea of redesigning one from top to bottom only to have your child tell you that their tastes have completely changed. Save yourself the headache — and the cash — by bringing lots of color into the room through the accessories you choose. That way, you can swap them out fairly easily as your child matures.
In this case, the definition of “accessories” is pretty broad. Consider mixing and matching different colors and patterns through textiles. Throw rugs, pillow covers and blankets are great places to start. However, larger items like wall art and lamps could also play a role.
Try Out Creative Playroom Ideas On The Walls
The walls are really what can set the playroom apart from other areas in the house. Since kids’ spaces are expected to be a bit more fun and carefree than ones adults would use, you can really get creative with their design. If you have a specific theme in mind for the room, consider the walls your focal point.
We recommend starting with a base layer of neutral paint and using wall decals to add visual interest. Since the decals are held to the wall without an adhesive, they’ll be simple to swap out or take off entirely once your child’s tastes change. However, if decals aren’t for you, consider using a wallpaper or even painting a mural to liven up the space.
Maximize Storage and Shelf Space
Storage space is an important aspect of the kids’ playroom. If you are not careful about providing ample space to tuck away all that mess and those mountains of toys when your little ones are done with them, then you are in big trouble. Always add a lovely shelf to the playroom with plenty of space.
Modern bookshelves are great in this regard. Fill them with colorful containers or even cool woven wicker baskets that are both elegant and efficient. Custom-designed benches with hidden storage compartments and sleek storage ladders tucked away in the corner also seem appropriate for the playroom.
Creative Themes and Vibrant Colors
The playroom is a lot more than just a place where kids spend a few hours in the day while you are busy with your chores. It is a space that allows them to tap into their energy, creativity and imagination.
If you ever do spend some time with them in the playroom, you will quickly realize why this little nook is so essential for their complete development. The playroom is one place in urban homes where kids are allowed to be themselves without any hindrances! Make sure that this space is as creative and beautiful as possible.
Combinations of Spaces and Zones
Planning for the playroom should ideally start with its placement. This aspect is far more essential if your kids are very young. One of the wonderful ideas on here is a home gym that allows you to keep an eye on your little ones as they have fun in the playroom. Open playroom designs and floor plans are becoming far more popular as they are both safe and easy to incorporate. One can use multicolored rugs, carpet tiles and a special ceiling to demarcate the space and make it feel far more special than the reminder of the house.
Playhouse Under the Stairs