One of my most popular photos on Instagram is of our happy, colorful playroom.
Wanna hear something funny, though?! I have never ever written a post solely about our playroom here on the blog. Crazy, right? So we’re gonna change that today.
This room in our home is technically a formal living area, but when we moved into our home about four years ago, we had no formal living furniture but DID have a boatload of toys. And so this room on our main level became a colorful, fun mecca of play food, books, games, dolls, craft supplies, and so much more.
It’s evolved a bit over the years, and here’s what it looks like today:
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4 Tips for Creating a Functional & Stylish Play Space
I won’t talk about every upgrade and change we’ve made to the room over the years, but I will share a couple tips to keep in mind as you’re setting up your own play space. These are easy tricks to think about as you’re making design decisions about your space, and they’ll help you create a spot in your home that will be both functional and stylish for every member of the family:
- Think about the activities and toys your kids love the most and then buy furniture and decor that aligns with those interests. Are you kids obsessed with books? Then that cute giraffe-shaped bookshelf probably isn’t going to cut it. Consider the toys and activities your children play with and do day in and day out — then look for furniture pieces that can accommodate those items.
- Use your vertical wall space to your advantage. Take advantage of your wall space! Adding an IKEA Kallax wall unit like the one we have in our playroom is a great way to store lots of toys, games, and more without taking up too much precious square footage. You can also use wall-mounted shelving, wall-mounted baskets, a magazine rack turned coloring book holder…..there are lots of possibilities here.
- Leave open floor space. It drives me nuts when I see a playroom that is so cluttered with decorative stuff or toys that the kids don’t actually have room to, well, play. I mean, where is that giant Lego tower going to go, or how is anyone ever going to play My Little Pony memory?!
- Keep at least one catch-all storage area. There are always going to be those hard-to-store toys — whether it’s a couple stuffed animals, or maybe dolls and dress up items and a plastic bathtub for baby. Keeping one catch-all place for those random toys will save your sanity. My favorite is a storage ottoman, which can also double as extra seating when the lid is on.
Shop Our Colorful Playroom
Many of you have asked where I purchased certain items for our playroom. Well, here’s a full list of sources for you!
In the event that some items are no longer available, I’ve done my best to find similar items wherever possible.
- Wall paint color: Rocky Bluffs by Valspar
- “Sorry About the Mess But We are Learning Here” print: Etsy
- Black rattan accent chair: Target (no longer available, but CB2, Article and Grandin Road sell similar chairs)
- Shibori accent pillow: Etsy
- Cactus accent pillow: Crate & Kids (no longer available, but this rainbow throw pillow would look darling!)
- Jute floor pouf: CB2
- Gray striped floor bin: Crate & Kids
- Gray and white ikat toy chest/storage ottoman: Crate & Kids (no longer available, but this Overstock steal is so similar)
- White cube shelving unit: IKEA (you can also find IKEA cube shelving units on Amazon)
- Numbered canvas cube bins: Crate & Kids (the exact style is no longer available but these are pretty close)
- Tasseled cube bins: Five Below
- Multicolored triangle area rug: FLOR
- Aqua table and chairs set: Crate & Kids (you can find a similar version of the table here, and a whole rainbow of kids’ chairs)
- Multicolored bamboo wall clock: Crate & Kids (no longer available, but here’s one that is similar)
- Play kitchen: Kidcraft
- White desk: IKEA
- Desk chair: IKEA
- White wall shelves above desk: IKEA (I spray painted the brackets)
- White wall shelves used for book wall: IKEA
- “Every Child is an Artist” vinyl wall decal: Etsy
- Artwork display with hooks and wire: DIY project (find the tutorial here)
- “I’ve Got the Whole World in My Room” wall canvas: Houzz
Are there any other playroom decorating dilemmas you’re facing? Let me know in the comments, and let’s chat about them!