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30 Playroom ideas

By Elise Hodge

Updated: April 12th, 2023

Wow your kids with a fun space to call their own!

Out of all the rooms in your house, the playroom should be the most fun. Creating one not only becomes the sole toy space for keeping the children’s clutter, but it’s also a great way to teach them the responsibility of cleaning up after themselves.

Before building out the space, you can include the kids in the planning stage so they can personalise it in ways they like. Think about choosing the room colours, wall art, and toy or book displays.

Explore these playroom ideas and find one that’s a perfect fit for you and your kids.

1. Muted rainbow

While fun is often associated with colour, sometimes going too bright can be harsh on the eyes. Opt for a muted rainbow colour scheme for a soft, more approachable look.

Cute child's room interior with beautiful rainbow painted on wall

2. Learn and play

Incorporate enough space for your kids to grow and learn. Add a table, chairs, and enough shelving space to house toys and books. You can even bring in a small blackboard or pegboard to put in reminders and notes.

Room for a child with a closet full of toys

3. Happy hideout

Pillow forts are fun to build, but a small teepee works even better as a cuter and more permanent setup. Position it in a nice cosy corner for the kids to hide away. Don’t forget to add pillows, dolls, and blankets for the ultimate comfort zone.

Cozy kids room interior with play tent and toys

4. Fabric buntings

If you enjoy DIY projects, you can upcycle spare fabric into festive buntings that you can hang in the playroom. Use it to decorate the space with colours, shapes, and patterns. Hang small stuffed toys over or around it for a more charming look.

Natural bright baby playroom with eco friendly fabrics and toys

5. Neutral tones

You can never go wrong with neutral. Clean white or cream walls with natural wood, warm browns, or greys are great. You can bring the space to life with children’s toys or framed paintings.

Modern child room interior with stylish furniture in neutral tones

6. Rad rainbows

Learning about colours? Incorporate rainbows into the room. With different coloured learning materials or rainbow-shaped toys, having the variation will help your kids identify them all.

White shelving with rainbow wooden toys and colorful storage baskets and boxes

7. Timeless playroom 

Want to keep the playroom’s design timeless? Choose sleek wooden furniture and comfy colourful seating with your children’s favourite toys. You can even bring in a thick stylish rug for the kids to sit in.

Interior of modern playroom in kindergarten

8. Painted wall art

Looking for a more personalised playroom? Decorate one of the walls with a mural related to your children’s interests. Chat with a professional artist to make it happen quickly and easily. 

Children's playroom with painted wall art

9. Pastel colour schemes

Choosing pastel is a great alternative to going for bold colours. It brings more of a subtle, playful energy than bold colours. When selecting the colour schemes, limiting your choice from a dominant colour to adding one or two subordinate colours is important.

Cute child's playroom with toys and modern furniture

10. Artwork and photo display rack

It’s no secret that kids grow fast. If you’d like to display their artwork or photos without too many frames, add a rack or ladder to rest on the wall. Hang artwork or memorable photos easily here.

Baby bedroom decorated with pictures of animals

11. Alphabet post-its

If you’re in the process of teaching your little ones all about the alphabet, then adding a print or post-it with the alphabet onto your walls is a great idea. They could glance up at the wall to practice even when you are not actively teaching them. Keep them colourful, too, to pique the children’s interest.

Interior design of a kindergarten classroom

12. Room for artists

If your kids love arts and crafts, allow them space to decorate. Hang up any of their drawings and art projects. You can also add a drawing board or easel to make them feel like professional artists.

Stylish interior of modern playroom in kindergarten

13. The great toy display

Cubby storage units are an excellent way to organise and display your kid’s favourite toys. Swap out the week’s favourite as the little ones grow and develop new interests.

Nursery room with colorful toys in wooden box

14. Indoor playground

If you live in a place that doesn’t often have the best weather for a day out at the playground, you can bring it inside. Add a mini slide, swing or ladder to keep the kids busy indoors.

Interior of children's playroom with sliding board

15. Organised chaos

Designate enough storage for all the toys. Sort them by colour or toy type to keep them easy on the eyes. Use clear acrylic or open baskets so they’re easy to see and sort.

Rainbow toys in stylish baskets and plastic containers

16. White on white 

Nothing says clean like white on white. The colour choice creates a nice, bright space for the kids to play in. It is also an excellent canvas to highlight your children’s art and favourite toys.

Kids room interior with white wooden bed, table with chairs and a sports complex

17. Traditional games

Allow the kids to disconnect from screens in the playroom by adding traditional games they can play. It can be as simple as setting up a hopscotch floor, bringing in jackstones, and board games. 

Blue hopscotch floor sticker in playing room

18. Room rug

Protect your kids and flooring with big rugs to fit in the playroom. This addition allows the kids to play on the floor without hurting their knees and helps avoid stains from getting on the floor.  

Interior of playing room with colourful rug

19. Elevated beds

If you have limited space in the home but still want to give your kids enough room for play, you can always opt to customise the bed by elevating it. You can utilise the height for extra storage space.

Elevated bed atop cabinets in kids playroom

20. Dollhouse cubbies

Play up your standard cubby and get it customised into a dollhouse. This makes the element of putting away toys almost feel like play. Designate a spot for toys, big or small. Not only is it a great way to store the kids’ things, but they can also show off their favourite toys.

Dollhouse shaped shelves with toys

21. Homemade playhouse

If you want to DIY, you can build a playhouse from scratch. It’s a great way to upcycle any thick cardboard, extra wood, or fabric. It also doesn’t break the bank to create.

Interior of playroom with toys and cardboard house

22. Created for comfort

Playrooms don’t always need a whole lot of things. Sometimes they can be a safe space for the kids to unwind and let loose. Bring in comfy couches that have extra storage to stow away clutter easily. 

Comfy kids playroom design concept

23. Cushioned stools

Make your playroom’s seating a little comfier with cushions for the stools. You don’t need to splurge on fancy seating for the room, but you can make it more pleasant to sit on. 

Plushy cushioned stools in stylish playroom

24. Colourful play mats

Another great DIY idea for the playroom is colourful mats. Create them with thick, waterproof or absorbent material in fun shapes and sizes. This can double as a mat the kids can use when they work with clay, paint, or any messy material. 

Modern child room interior with colourful rugs

25. Chalkboard wall

If you’re in the process of styling your playroom, don’t forget about the walls. You can transform one side of the room into a chalkboard, like an accent wall. This allows kids to unleash their creativity and decorate their space however they like. If you’re not keen on chalkboards, use dry-erase markers on glass panelling.

Chalkboard wall in a playroom

26. Custom tables

Let your playroom come alive with playful everyday pieces. A table, for example, can be customised into a cloud shape for that fun, whimsical feel in the room. 

Stylish playroom interior with modern furniture and soft toys

27. A seat for you 

While playrooms are designed for little ones, keeping a cosy chair for yourself or adults coming is always handy. This helps the space stay inviting enough for the grownups to keep the kids company.

Beautiful baby room interior with toys, rocking chair and modern changing table

28. Themed cubbies 

You can turn shelves into themed cubbies if your kids love animals or specific characters. It’s a great way to hide the extra clutter.

Themed cubbies in playroom

29. Cooking corner 

A playset would be great if your kids are curious about cooking. It’ll be even better if the space is by the kitchen so they can work alongside you to immerse them in playtime for the real thing.

Children's play kitchen

3o. Multipurpose divider 

Divide the playroom space into the learning area and the play area. You can use a storage shelf in the middle of the space, so you don’t have to spend on building a wall or divider.

Stylish interior of modern playroom in kindergarten


Hopefully, these playroom ideas inspire your little one’s space. Connect with interior designers near you to better understand how you can make it happen much faster.


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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