35 Adorable Kids' Playroom Ideas and Themes

The essentials: little tables and pops of color

Wallpapered kids playroom with black and white striped teepee and bookshelf underneath window

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

Creating a dedicated space where kids can explore their interests and let their imaginations run wild is a boon for children and parents alike. Whether you want to create a colorful space full of toys, games, and gear, or a dual-purpose room with plenty of storage that parents can enjoy once the kids are in bed, you can turn everything from a main floor alcove to a finished basement or attic into a playroom that your kids will get lost in for hours.

Check out these stylish, joyful playrooms built for kids of all ages and interests that will inspire you to give your kids a playroom of their own and remind you of the joys of childhood while you're at it.

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    On Trend

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    Design by Studio Life/Style / Photo by Stephen Busken

    This hip and comfy playroom from Studio Life/Style is stylish enough for kids of all ages, with its cognac leather couch, Moroccan style rug, industrial style chairs, and wallpaper that resembles a giant chalkboard.

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    Elephant in the Room

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    Design by Chango & Co. / Photo by Sarah Elliott

    Illustrated wallpaper, pops of bright color, and beech wood elephant chairs designed by Marc Venot make this bright and cheerful playroom from Chango & Co. any kid's dream.

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    Alcove

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    Design by Elizabeth Roberts Architects / Photo by Sean Slattery

    In this Park Slope, Brooklyn townhouse from Elizabeth Roberts Architects, a spacious playroom alcove includes built-in shelving to hold books and toys, a large wall-mounted chalkboard, and plenty of clear floor space to give kids space to play.

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    City Slick

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    Design by Sissy + Marley Interior Design / Photo by Marco Rica Studio

    This multi-functional playroom from Sissy + Marley Interior Design is equipped with sleek but charming house-shaped storage armoires for toys, clear open floor space for playing, and a large sofa so the grownups can enjoy the room once the kids go to sleep.

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    Pink Flamingo

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    Design by Georgia Zikas Design / Photo by Jane Beiles

    This playroom from Georgia Zikas Design is full of bright colors and childhood whimsy, starting with the stuffed pink flamingo toy mascot holding court in the center of the room.

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    Green Wall

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    Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Photo by Amy Lamb of Native House Photography

    Interior designer Lisa Gilmore from Lisa Gilmore Design brought the outside indoors in this playroom with a faux green wall and an indoor swing that is perfect for rainy afternoons.

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    Boho Style

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    Design by Tracy Lynn Studio / Photo by Ryan Garvin

    This breezy playroom from Tracy Lynn Studio has muted colors, custom-built storage, and boho design touches like miniature rattan chairs around the communal table.

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    Rainbow Colors

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    Design by Eggshell Home / Photo by Laura Flippen

    Interior designer Rosanna Bassford of Eggshell Home used wall-mounted clear acrylic shelving that makes a rainbow of books and toys seem to float in this colorful and light-flooded playroom.

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    Scandi Style

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    In this Scandi-inspired playroom from Emily Henderson Design, a play kitchen is set in a bay window flooded with light and decorated with garlands. At the same time, a plush rug, a table for drawing, and a retro-style wall mural create an escapist mood.

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    Urban Escape

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    Design by Chango & Co. / Photo by Sarah Elliott

    This airy Tribeca, NYC playroom nook from Chango & Co. has a teepee to hide out, whimsical wallpaper, a table for drawing, and a floor layered with fluffy rugs to provide a soft place to play.

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    Danish Modern

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    Design by Tiny Little Pads

    Las Vegas-based, Norwegian-born interior designer Jannicke Ramsø of Tiny Little Pads added touches of color and vintage-style furniture to add charm to this light and airy playroom.

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    Vintage

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    Design by Becca Interiors

    This charming Connecticut playroom from Becca Interiors has a wall of shelving for toys and games, a window seat for reading, a table with modern Danish chairs for making art, and a pair of bean bag chairs on the floor for bonding with siblings and friends. Wall hooks hung at kid-friendly height house costumes for impromptu role-playing.

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    Big Apple

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    Design by Chango & Co. / Photo by Jacob Snavely

    This spacious, multifunctional playroom from Chango & Co. has colorful wallpaper, plenty of floor space for games, an art table equipped with neon yellow bentwood chairs, and a super long banquette for reading and hanging out.

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    Whimsical

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    Design by Maite Granda

    This playroom from interior designer Maite Granda features a handpainted mural, a whimsical chandelier, and a house-shaped reading nook with a storybook quality.

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    Multi-Functional

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    Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Photo by Amy Lamb of Native House Photography

    This spacious playroom from Lisa Gilmore Design has open storage, a table for drawing and games, and plenty of soft furnishings for jumping around or chilling out.

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    1970s Style

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    Design by Chango & Co. / Photo by Sarah Elliott

    This playroom from Chango & Co. is full of spirited color and cool '70s style thanks to a hanging chair, Moroccan rug, and multicolored kid-sized Panton chairs around a chalkboard paint-covered table.

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    Swing

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    Design by Mel Bean Interiors / Photo by Laurey Glenn

    A hanging rattan swing is the centerpiece of this attic playroom from Mel Bean Interiors, covered from floor to ceiling with shiplap and wall-to-wall carpet to provide a soft landing for little ones.

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    Music Room

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    Design by Calimia Home / Photo by Jeanne Canto

    This playroom from Calimia Home is equipped for playing music and ball, perfect for older kids who want to move around and make noise.

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    Watercolor

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    Design by Christina Kim Interior Design / Photo by Raquel Langworthy Photography

    A colorful watercolor accent wall mural sets the tone for this playroom from Christina Kim Interior Design.

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    Wrap-Around

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    Design by Calimia Home / Photo by Jeanne Canto

    Wrap-around built-ins with open and closed shelving provide ample storage for toys and games in this playroom from Calimia Home.

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    Attic Getaway

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design

    This secret attic playroom from Emily Henderson Design is lit by a skylight and filled with toys to help kids entertain themselves for hours.

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    Colorful Graphics

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    Design by JLA Designs

    This colorful playroom from JLA Designs includes a kids' table and comfortable seating for adults who want to supervise.

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    Vintage Touches

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    Design by Mindy Gayer Design Co.

    This playroom from Mindy Gayer Design Co. has a round kid-sized table and Scandi-style chairs for making art and a series of framed cork boards on the wall to provide space for an ever-changing display. A charming vintage-style rattan daybed with plenty of throw pillows creates a place to relax.

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    Climbing Wall

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    This downstairs playroom from Emily Henderson Design has a mini rock climbing wall for when kids want to work off some energy and staircase niches outfitted with throw pillows and soft toys for when they want to wind down.

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    Scandi Noir

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    Design by Maison Ellie / Photo by Heidi Lau

    This black-and-white Scandi-style basement playroom from Maison Ellie includes a main lounging area with closed and open storage that is sophisticated enough for parents to enjoy during off-hours.

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    DIY Rainbow Wall

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Blogger Laura Gummerman from A Beautiful Mess added a DIY corner rainbow in pastel shades to the wall of this playroom, adding plants for a natural touch.

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    Animals

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    Design by House 9 Interiors

    This playroom from House 9 Interiors has soothing sage green paint that creates a calming feeling and makes toys, books, and accessories pop.

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    Active

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    An indoor basketball hoop, a hanging rope chair, and a set of drums make this playroom from Emily Henderson Design perfect for aspiring athletes and rock stars.

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    Sunny Basement

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    Design by Maison Ellie / Photo by Heidi Lau

    This sunny basement playroom from Maison Ellie has a muted palette of blue, green, and yellow and distinct zones, including a mini playhouse, an art table, and plenty of floor space for playing.

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    Centerpiece

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Tessa Neustadt

    In this playroom from Emily Henderson Design, low-slung open shelving makes toys easy to access and put away, and a large circular rug layered with a fluffy sheepskin in the center of the room provides a plush place to play on the floor.

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    Wall Stripes

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    Design by Twelve 15 Design Studio

    Colorful paint, furnishings, art, and decor give this basement playroom from Twelve 15 Design Studio a sense of fun.

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    Stealth Storage

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors

    Not everyone has the space for a dedicated playroom. Interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors created a multifunctional playroom with a wall of closed storage that can be packed up at night to make space for the adults.

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    Calming

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    Design by Gray Space Interior Design

    This playroom from Gray Space Interior Design has a mocha-colored accent wall that harmonizes nicely with the pastels in the room, creating a soothing mellow vibe. A large sofa and ottomans with hidden storage for toys make it easy to clean up.

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    In the Zone

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    Design by Calimia Home / Photo by Jeanne Canto

    In this playroom from Calimia Home, an easel creates a place to paint, while a nearby set of beanbag chairs and an industrial sconce create a cozy reading corner across the room from a play kitchen.

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    Basement Reno

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    Design by Twelve 15 Design Studio

    In this multipurpose basement from Twelve 15 Design Studio, the playroom is defined by a dropped ceiling with recessed can lighting, a large freestanding storage unit for toys, and a colorful rug.