10 Playroom Ideas That Are As Cool as They Are Kid-Friendly

Playroom with a rocking bunny

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Of all the rooms in your home, a playroom is one where function often trumps form. Your child probably doesn't care about matching color schemes or Scandi-inspired decor, so the playroom in your house is often an afterthought. But the good news is this fun room doesn't have to be wasted space. Whether you have a room dedicated to toys and play or you section off part of another living space, a cool playroom is pretty easy to achieve.

Click through to see some of our favorite design-friendly playroom ideas.

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Add a Chalkboard

Art table for kids with a chalk board behind it

Design: Studio McGee, Photo: Kate Osborne

This minimalist playroom from Studio McGee has a lot to love, but the oversized chalkboard is by far the focal point of the space. Not only is a rustic chalkboard attractive, but it also provides a great place for kids to draw and write without ruining your walls.

If you can't find a large enough chalkboard for your playroom, consider painting an accent wall with chalkboard paint instead.

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Opt for Function and Form

playroom ideas

 Ann Sage

Your playroom is by far the most fun room in your house (that's literally what it's for, right?), but that doesn't mean it can't be beautiful too. If you have to relegate your kid's toys to a wall in shared common space, opt for furniture that can double as storage, like this neutral high chair. Pared-down pieces that can blend easily with the rest of your decor work best in shared spaces.

High chair
Target Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair $270
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03 of 10

Go Bold With Color

Kids playroom with neon colors

Rikki Snyder

If you love bright neons but haven't really experimented with bold colors throughout your house, a playroom is a great place to start. Try weaving in some of those attention-grabbing colors you stray from elsewhere in your home.

Bold colors can help camouflage smudges and fingerprints, so you won't have to clean as much.

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Think Outside the Bookcase

playroom ideas

 Ann Living 

The best playrooms are the ones that have a bit of imagination behind them. Sure, opting for traditional furniture like bookcases and couches is easy, but consider something a little more special (like this tree bookshelf) or opting for floor pillows over a traditional couch. A touch of creativity can take your playroom from "a room with toys" to your kid's favorite room.

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Invest in Affordable Storage

playroom ideas

 Chelius House of Design

Revamping your child's playroom doesn't have to be an expensive overhaul. We love using cheap wicker baskets to sort toys and art supplies, and a few picture ledges to show off your kid's favorite books.

Seagrass basket
Threshold Large Round Basket Espresso Brown $37
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06 of 10

Create an Home Gym

Indoor climbing wall for kids

inspiredtorevamp

This amazing playroom idea from Inspired to Revamp is definitely one of the most ambitious ideas on our list. An indoor climbing wall is one of the most creative ideas we've seen anywhere—not only does it give your kids a place to burn off energy, but it has such a small footprint that you can fit it in nearly any home.

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Think About the Floor

play room designs

 Home By Polly 

Though adults tend to prefer a nice, comfortable couch over sitting on the ground, children love climbing and rolling around. Invest in some floor pillows and mats that can be easily tossed in a closet when not in use. This is the perfect go-to for sleepovers and movie nights.

gray floor cushion
Crate and Barrel Gray Velvet Flat Pouf $99
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08 of 10

Add Some Indoor Swings

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 Kelsie Emm

What's better than going to the park? Swinging in your own playroom, rain or shine. If you have the space, we love the idea of adding a few swings or an indoor bubble chair to your playroom to give it a bit more personality and take it to the next level.

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Create an Art Space

play room ideas

Home and Tribe 

Inspire your child's creative side by setting up his own art studio. Gather all of the must-have supplies and create bins for easy access to markers, crayons, and paper. Focus on easy-to-clean storage like plastic bins, set up a table and chairs, and voila—instant artist's studio.

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Try Wall Art

playroom ideas

 Rosemount House

Create a space as unique and individual as your child by opting for a little bit of wall art. Whether you create a playhouse out of paint or work with your child to paint a beautiful mural of her favorite things, adding a bit of wall art is a great way to create a beautiful and kid-friendly space.

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