Fun and Creative Playroom Design Ideas
Use these colorful and creative decorating tips to design a playroom space that kids will love.
Long-Term Color Palette
A neutral base is the perfect start to a playroom color scheme that grows up with your child. For example, use a fun, neutral wallpaper design to add subtle texture — like grey bricks — and then accessorize with colors your child loves. As they grow older, simply switch out accessories like pillows or wall art for a more suitable look and color palette.
A mixture of open and closed storage options go a long way in helping minimize playroom clutter. If you have the room, a built-in or standalone bookshelf with cabinets and drawers on the bottom are ideal for storing just about everything, including stashing messy art supplies and awkward toys. The open shelves up top work well for storing books and plush toys.
For creative children, having a system in place for organizing art supplies is a necessity. Bins and tubs that are clearly labeled go a long way in maintaining order for crafts and small toys. Get your kids involved in organizing their stuff by nixing the standard basket labels and having them draw pictures for the front of each container instead.
Interesting Accent Wall
Spice up a playroom by using temporary wallpaper on a single wall. Specialty designs can be found that feature maps and other fun-but-educational choices. Another option is to use chalkboard paint on an entire wall or on the upper half of the room. Not only does it give the kids creative freedom, but also adds texture and a classic black-and-white aesthetic that is easily adaptable as time goes by.
Attics have awkward and unusual characteristics — angled ceilings, pipes, low windows, exposed support beams — that make them a challenge to design. Luckily, playrooms are flexible and can adapt to obstructions and weird room shapes. For example, consider using low-profile furniture to counter slanted walls and angled ceilings, or turning an awkward corner into something special with a built-in bench for seating and storage.
Kids Art Showcase
If you’re looking for a way to personalize your child’s playroom by displaying their artwork, try using wood pants hangers. Unconventional? Yes. But this technique is quite effective, as artwork can be easily hung up and swapped out as new masterpieces are created.
Simple Playroom Niche
Many don’t realize that you only need a tiny section of blank wall space to make your kids a playroom. All that is required is a small bookshelf (securely fastened to the wall) and a flat work surface. Fill them with your child’s favorite things and they’re off to the races. Although the space is small, by using an unexpected mix of strong colors and patterns, you can help spark your child’s creative spirit.
Shared Space Playroom
As long as you can squeeze in storage, a playroom can be added anywhere — including shared living spaces. The key to preventing clutter build-up in open floor plan spaces is effective organization. For example, in a shared movie room/playroom area, open shelves are a great choice for housing movies and children’s books, and cabinets with closed doors are ideal for storing things like electronics, art supplies and crafts. Consider incorporating a small work surface for meals or projects.
Put Older Furniture to Use
While secondhand furniture may not play well in other areas of your home, mismatched furniture accumulated over time can be fun and whimsical in a playroom environment, sparking creativity and imagination. Use neutral walls as a backdrop and let the eclectic furniture take center stage.