53 Playrooms That Will Inspire Your Little One's Next Adventure
Because how could Wendy, John and Michael dream of Neverland without a playroom to take them there?
Astronaut, CEO, doctor, future POTUS: When your little ones could quite literally become anything they set their minds to, how do you choose just one theme for their playroom?
The solution is simple: give them the world! Fuel their imaginations and help them dream big with a playroom inspired by travel and exploration. Here are eight positively-cute playroom designs that will set them up for a great time.
Entertaining children for the holidays? Take a cue from designer Jessica Bradley and create a special, cozy nook just for them to get away from the holiday madness. This cozy teepee filled with cushions and accented by a basket of holiday books for reading is flanked by some stuffed animal llama friends to keep her company.
Make a lazy afternoon more exciting with accents inspired by different regions. We love how designer Jessica Bradley used a tent, faux-fur rug and two plush alpacas to turn this pastel playroom into a Peruvian-esque reading nook.
Want your little ones to explore all Seven Wonders of the World? Take a cue from designer Kendall Simmons and add a series of globes to their playroom. With maps, giraffes and wallpaper depicting major landmarks, this attic-turned-kids-space is sure to inspire new voyages.
In its original state, the inset areas around the dormers were a waste of space. To give these areas a true purpose, they were transformed into two separate homework nooks complete with custom floating desks. To create the custom desks, first 2X4 lumber and paint-grade plywood were both cut to size, mitered, attached with a nail gun, then sanded and painted.
Brian Patrick Flynn
Cityscapes, too, make for super cute and engaging playrooms (see this space from designer Brian Patrick Flynn for further evidence). Because the different pieces in this scene are made of felt, they can stick to the walls as a 3-D mural or be pulled off for hours of uninterrupted make-believe in Tokyo or New York City.
Make Your Own: Felt Activity Wall
Built-In Toddler Bed Makes Nursery Functional for Toddler and Baby
With a crib and changing table on one side of the space, this built-in toddler bed adds a place for an older sibling to comfortably enjoy a new room with the new baby. Shelves on either side of the bed and drawers below add storage for toys and clothes, giving the big kid a corner of the room that is all his own.
Your kids will move mountains — or at least play among them, right? In this dreamy nursery from designer Rebecca Zajac, ombre walls and dark wood accents easily evoke thoughts of the Alaskan wilderness. All your kiddos need are stuffed bears and books to complete their expedition to the woods.
A Treehouse-Style Loft Bed and Reclaimed Wood Wall Draw the Eye In To This Big Boy Bedroom
The outdoorsy theme gets a fresh twist in this big boy bedroom framed by a navy loft bed with reading nook below, a wood panel wall, and colorful Roman shade and rug.
John Woodcock Photography
If Alaska feels too far from home, choose a cabin-inspired design for your little ones. A reclaimed wood accent wall, treehouse-style bunk bed and mounted moose make this playroom from J&J Design Group perfect for a future park ranger.
If you have a few rambunctious monkeys on your hands, a Safari-themed space isn't a bad idea. We love how designer Liz Carroll paired pops of green with animal toys to bring the African savanna to this modern home.
Dream Playroom Features Teepee, Rope Swings and Floor Cushions
Chango and Co. created every child's dream play space in this expansive playroom. Floor mattresses line one wall and are topped with playful throw pillows for crashing, a teepee provides a place for dreaming, and rope swings hang from the ceiling for extra fun. A bold Swiss cross pattern livens up the walls, and black trim highlights the architectural features of the room.
Sean Litchfield Photography
Alternatively, you could give your love bugs a fresh perspective with a playroom inspired by another side of Mother Nature. In this chic space from Chango and Co., throw pillows marked by rain clouds, apples and other fun shapes draw the eye, while a play tent and honeybee toys further bring the outdoors inside.
Transitional Basement Playroom With Chalkboard Wall
This playroom wins serious style points! The sofa uses perennials fabric for ultimate durability and has a soft frame so kids can climb and jump on it. The back of the room has built-in cabinetry for art supplies and a sink to wash brushes and messy hands. Colorful pillows keep the mood fun and light. Sofa: Restoration Hardware Cloud Sectional; Pillows: CB2
Werner Straube Photo
Encourage your kids to shoot for the moon with their own space-themed playroom. In this transitional basement from 2to5 Design, a chalkboard wall becomes a canvas for some seriously starry artwork. With storage for art supplies and a sink in the back, the wall can be erased and re-styled for their next big adventure.