Decorating Tips for a Kid’s Play Space (To Match Your Home)

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Do you love the idea of creating a play space for your kids to keep all their toys neat and tidy? Need some decorating ideas for your kids play area?

Not only is a designated play space a great way to keep things organised, it can also act as a safe space for your child to embrace their imagination.

While not every family has the space to carve out a separate kids playroom, there are a few things you can do to create a dedicated space for your kids to take ownership of and responsibility for their toys

There are plenty of ways to decorate their playroom in a way that’s both child-friendly and also matches the decor of your home. 

The bonus is the more your kids feel like the room is their own miniature kingdom, the more they’ll be motivated to keep it tidy and clean up at the end of each day!

1. Compromise on a Colour Scheme

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The first choice to make when designing the play space is the colour scheme.

There’s no limit to the decor available for kids’ rooms these days, so don’t feel like you’re limited – whichever colours you choose, you’ll easily find pictures and decor that complement the rest of your home.

If you and your kids have different ideas about the colours and decor, try and meet in the middle.

If your home decor is neutral, but they love rainbow brights, consider painting a feature wall on a side that’s not visible from foot traffic in your home, or use wall decals to add smaller pops of colour that won’t make your eyes twitch. 

A creative way to add colour is to let your child loose with paper, pens and paint and make the artwork themselves. Your child is incredibly creative and there is evidence this increases intelligence, so let them go wild!

Frame it and put it up on their wall and make their playroom a mini art gallery. Books arranged on an open bookshelf are another fun way to add pops of colour to an otherwise neutral room – with the bonus that you can change it up every few weeks.

2. Choose the Same Vibe as Your Home

a. Modern

If your home is decorated in a modern style, keep the playroom walls light and maximise natural light to keep the space bright. This will help the room feel airy and larger than it might actually be. This is where small pops of colour or their own artwork can be used.

  • Keep the main storage covered rather than letting the toys overwhelm the space – cube organisers are great for this.
  • Display selected toys on open shelving to add interest. Keeping a smaller selection of toys out at any one time and rotating regularly will save your kids from getting bored.

b. Boho

The good news for boho lovers is that rattan is popular with kids’ toys and decor. Use earthy colours like terracotta and clay, install rattan wall hangings and decorate with whimsical toys like play silks to add interest. An easy-wear rug in an Ikat style is a great way to tie a boho playroom in with the rest of your home. 

3. Keep the Main Furniture in the Same Wood

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If you have wooden furniture in your home, the best way to tie your playroom decor and home decor together is to choose the same wood for things like shelves, cupboards and kids’ furniture.

Keeping the same shades of wood will help create a cohesive look.

Try to pick furniture that will grow with your child so you don’t need to replace it every few years.

4. Set up Different Zones

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This one will depend on how much space you have, but if possible, arrange the room so there are spaces for different activities, like dress-ups, arts and crafts and storage.

Above all, you want to make sure you have enough free space for your kids’ imaginations to thrive – there’s nothing worse than finding your hallways sacrificed for a model railway because their imagination was larger than their room! 

  • Rather than crowding a small room with furniture, consider dual-use items, like shelving with a flat top that can double as a table for arts and crafts and later a desk for homework. 
  • Create a reading nook next to a bookshelf either as a permanent feature or use foldable tents or teepees that can be erected when needed to create more space for play. Make sure to fill the shelves with some of their favourite books to make quiet time a blast!

If you don’t have a spare room…

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Don’t have a spare room to turn into a playroom? Don’t panic! There are plenty of ways to create a zone for toys and play in your living room, dining room or kitchen without it feeling like toy triffids are taking over your home.

The key is clever use of storage – cube or tub storage are both excellent ways to tuck toys away out of sight, whilst still being accessible for your children. 

  • Use baskets to hold building toys like Lego or magnetic tiles and folding crates for puzzles and board games.
  • A play mat or special rug can be used to designate their special space and keep the colours neutral to flow with the rest of your home.
  • Kid-sized furniture will encourage them to play in their area rather than spreading throughout the house.

No matter what space you’re turning into a playroom, there are lots of ways to make it an inspirational and creative place for your children to let loose.

It’s easy to tie in playroom decor with the rest of your home, with clever use of colour, decor and storage. 


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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