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Decorating Kids' Play Rooms

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Kids' Play Rooms - Themes or No Themes

For decorating kids’ play rooms, many parents and kids like whimsical and colorful themes. Depending on the children’s interests and ages, themes offer design inspiration for the parents and kids. Some decorating themes suitable for kids’ play rooms include: circus, jungle, superheroes, space/solar system, dinosaurs, castle, science lab, sports, beach or garden.

However, many parents do not want a specific decorating theme for the kids’ play rooms. They want the room to blend in with the decorating style in the rest of the house. Parents can add splashes of color with bright paint colors, interesting fabric choices, themed wall art and accessories. Play rooms should still be more vivid or lively than other parts of the house, since young children are often attracted by bright colors and intricate patterns. The parents can also change out the wall art, the slipcovers and wall paint periodically to keep the room interesting. The kids can also alter the room later when they are old enough to make designing decisions.

Seating and Tables for Kids’ Play Rooms

Seating for kids’ play rooms should be comfortable, colorful and fun. Comfortable seating is a necessity when decorating kids’ play rooms. Many parents include an adult sized sofa, overstuffed chairs, large floor cushions or bean bags in the kids’ play rooms. That way, the parents can feel comfortable when they come in to read a story to the kids or watch them play. The seating should have cushions made of durable fabric with removable, washable covers for easy cleaning. Parents can also apply a stain protector spray to the fabric so it resists stains and spills.

To work on craft projects, hold tea parties, complete homework, play board games or put together puzzles, kids can use a child-sized activity table with a set of chairs. Many playroom tables come with a hidden, built-in storage bin for holding toys or craft supplies, which makes organization easier. Some playroom tables also have attachments to make the table legs longer so the table can be used when the child gets older.


Beyond the furniture, storage systems are crucial to keep kids’ play rooms organized. Many parents buy bookshelves that are low enough for the kids to reach, and then use a basket or bin system to organize the toys. Some parents prefer closed baskets with labels; other parents want see-through bins that don’t need labels. However, all toys, art supplies, crafts and other items should have a “home” where they belong. The storage container should not be too big or too small for the items. Many parents prefer that all the organization bins and baskets be a similar type for design continuity.

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