Simple Playroom Decorating Ideas That Work

Small children need to have a place to play, outside of their bedroom, that will allow them to be creative, make a few messes, and have fun inside the house on a rainy day.

By providing your child with a playroom, you can keep the rest of the house free of excessive toy clutter too, which is a bonus for all moms!

Here are several simple decorating ideas for playrooms that can be used to encourage imaginative play, increase storage space, and create a safe play environment for your child.

Things to Consider

Keep in mind that when you’re decorating a playroom, every single thing that goes in the room should be at a height the child can reach on his own; this includes furniture, storage, toys, books, and so on.

This will give your child a feeling of independence and eliminate the calls of, “Mommy! Come help!”. Of course, this is another bonus for moms. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to read a magazine for a few minutes without being interrupted?

Use all, or just a few, of these playroom decorating ideas for a fun and exciting space that will allow your kids to play, laugh, and create lasting memories.

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Furniture options

The most important aspect of playroom decorating is safety.

The playroom should be the one room in the house where the kids can be kids. 

This means using soft furniture (with no sharp edges), that won’t cost a lot of money. In addition, EVERYTHING in the playroom should able to wiped down and cleaned, or removed and washed.

This way, if the kids color on it with markers, it’s not going to set you back a fortune. With that in mind, consider any of these furniture options for playroom decorating:

  • Bean bag chairs
  • Kid-size tables and chairs
  • Soft ottomans
  • Toy boxes or storage containers
  • Child’s desk and chair
  • Slip-covered furniture
  • Over-sized pillows or cushions
  • Kid-size collapsible sofa beds

When decorating a playroom, remember that furniture can serve as storage too. Select double-duty furniture (such as ottomans, toy boxes, etc.) which can be used as both seating and storage to maximize space.

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Paint Playroom Ideas

When decorating a playroom, you’ll need to take great consideration in choosing the type of paint that you’ll put in the room.

Obviously, a playroom will be a high-traffic spot that will need to be well protected with a durable paint.

We recommend using a semi-gloss paint which will be easy to clean, resistant to scuff marks, and won’t chip off as easily as a latex or satin paint.

A semi-gloss paint will also add a slightly glossy appearance, which will work well with most child-themed décor.

If you don’t like the idea of having a glossy surface in the entire room, consider painting just the lower half of the room (36″ and below) with a semi-gloss paint since this area will see the most traffic.

Which paint color should you use in the playroom?


The sky’s the limit! You are only limited by your imagination.

If you’re decorating a playroom for a girl, consider using a feminine pink, calming lavender, invigorating yellow, or a combination of different paint colors.

On the other hand, if you’re decorating a playroom for a boy, you may prefer to use army green, sky blue, bright yellow, or a combination of several different hues of the same color.

By using a basic paint color, it will allow the child to grow into the room as they age.

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Wall décor ideas

No playroom would be complete without unique decorations on the walls. If you’re decorating a playroom, consider these wall décor ideas which are suitable for all ages.

Removable vinyl appliqués 


These items are GREAT for decorating a playroom because they can be applied, removed, relocated, and reapplied without leaving any marks on the walls.

They’re available in thousands of different colors, styles, and décor theme.

If your child likes a particular cartoon character, sport, or hobby, chances are you’ll be able to find removable appliqués in a similar theme.

Place them anywhere in the room and remove them when you want to change the décor of your playroom decorating.



Chalkboard can either be painted onto the wall (using chalkboard paint), or purchased in peel-and-stick sheets which apply to the wall, and it creates a unique writable wall treatment for your child.

Chalkboard can be written on with chalk and then erased, over and over again. 

This provides a creative outlet for your child, and prevents them from writing on other areas of the walls with marker or crayon.

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