You and the Kiddos Are in for a Treat — These Playroom Ideas Are Simply Magical

Kids have a surprising amount of responsibilities these days. There's school with what seems to be a never-ending stream of homework, plus after-school clubs, sports, activities, and any chores they need to cross off the list so they can earn some cherished screen time.

That's why a playroom should be a fun and special place where kids can truly be kids and let their imaginations run wild. If you're sifting through playroom ideas on Pinterest and Instagram, looking for ways to create such a place for your little ones, you may be a bit overwhelmed and at a loss as to where you should even begin. Luckily, we've done the hard work for you and combed through all of those adorable kids' playroom ideas to bring you the very best inspiration. From colorful and artistic to enchanting and whimsical, these spaces will fit into your home rather than looking like a toy store explosion.

1. Make toys part of the decor — it's a playroom, after all.

We are all for stashing toys away as part of your playroom organization plan, but what about putting some of them out on full display? Nowadays, there are gorgeous options to choose from, and bonus: The kiddos won't have to empty out every bin, basket, and cabinet looking for their favorites. Follow the lead of Sissy + Marley and pick toys that feature contrasting colors, like the hot pink sheep rocker in the corner of this star-studded refuge.

2. Mirror the aesthetics in the rest of your home.

A playroom can still have a whimsical vibe while it mimics the look seen in the rest of your abode. Simply stick to a similar color palette and choose pieces that communicate the spirit of your home's style but carry a kid-friendly, fanciful look. This playroom designed by Laura Sumrak and showcased on Style Me Pretty is a good example. The wallpaper and dark blue hues inject playfulness while emulating the aesthetics seen beyond the doorway.

3. Let your kids' unique personalities be your inspiration.

Sure, you'll naturally spend some time in the playroom, too, but let's be honest, your kids are the masters of this domain. Think about their tastes and unique personalities and integrate those things into your playroom idea. We love the way Lauren of Bless'er House ran with her daughter's love of books and transformed a cabinet into an enchanted, Narnia-inspired reading nook complete with a little pendant light.

4. Create zones for different types of play.

kids playroom idea with slide and table and stools for arts and crafts and sofa
credit: Winter Daisy

It's a pretty well-known fact that kids don't have the longest attention spans, which is why it's so important for playroom ideas to be designed with different activities in mind. Try to put yourself in their shoes and imagine what you things you would want to do when you're bored. Build a fort? Have a tea party? Slide down an actual slide? All of the above? Instead of having to make room for a slide or a pillow fort in the moment, carve out a little extra space for a variety of different types of activities like Melissa of Winter Daisy did here.

5. Don't shy away from color.

If we had to give a playroom another label, we'd call it a "happy place." This is where your kids will make some of their best memories, and the colors and surroundings should capture that blissful feeling. When Eva Amurri Martino of Happily Eva After partnered up with designer Prudence Bailey, they had the right idea: exuberant colors, high-energy patterns, and shelves brimming with toys.

6. Bring together style and play.

Even though it might not seem like it, your kid's playroom and your chic design sensibilities can live under the same roof. Focus on toys and decor that have a much more minimalist approach, allowing your little one's imagination to be the star of the show. Pair modern yet comfortable pieces with a neutral color palette like Emily Henderson did in this Cali-cool space that both parents and kids can enjoy.

7. Put the “fun” in functional.

Organization and furniture aren't typically very exciting to your little ones, except when the cabinets are shaped like little houses. In the world of kids' playroom ideas, you can put the "fun" in functional by showcasing playful storage solutions, which this space designed by Sissy + Marley has in spades.


Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.