8 Kid-Friendly Living Room Decorating Ideas

Add soft, playful touches to the busiest room in the house with these colorful, creative accessories and storage solutions.
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Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Kid-Friendly Decorating Tips

This formal Atlanta living room was made less serious and more suitable for little ones with the addition of colorful touches and kid-inclusive accessories.

Colorful Art Supplies

Looking to add more color to your great room without bringing in clutter? Display art supplies in clear acrylic containers to bring a vibrant touch to shelves or built-ins far from children's reach.

Personalized Pillows

Give your child a special spot in your great room with a pillow featuring his or her name and birthday. In addition to providing lumbar support, this will designate a comfy place to perch or cuddle up with Mom or Dad. These can be made DIY style or purchased at Etsy shop PDP Studio.

Versatile Seating

Soft, versatile seating is a must in rooms shared by kids and adults. Plush, upholstered pieces like poufs or storage ottomans are lightweight and easy to move around. Versatile seating also comes in handy should extra playmates arrive, freeing up sofa space for adults.

Window Seat Toy Storage

Window seats are excellent storage solutions for great rooms. In addition to providing comfy seating in breakfast nooks or unused corners, they make clean up quick and easy. Plush toys and games can quickly be tossed inside and hidden from view just before company arrives.

Fabric Baskets

Bins and baskets encourage little ones to put their toys away when playtime is over. Fabric bins and baskets are as practical as they are pretty. Since the baskets are soft, they're easy for little hands to handle. Plus, the texture and pattern of fabric baskets can add depth to a room or enhance its overall color scheme.

Clever Repurposing

Create a conversation starter for kids and adults with clever repurposed projects. Here, a basic cookie sheet is used as a magnet board to help little ones practice spelling. For a more sophisticated spin on plastic magnet letters, try spray painting them with matte gold plastic spray paint.

Crafty Art

Let your kids become part of your great room's art collection by engaging in family crafts. For a playful touch, spell out a child's name along with a family-friendly message using wooden game letters, then display them inside a shadowbox.

Vintage Touches

Add a sense of history to your great room with hand-me-down toys. Here, a dad's favorite coin bank from the 1980s is mixed with the rest of the items on the homework station.