Decorating a Kids’ Playroom

Have you thought about how to decorate your child’s playroom? It can be a tricky task, because as blogger Ashley points out in a guest post on Through Heather's Looking Glass, there are so many things in a playroom that need a place of their own to make house cleaning easier. 

If you’ve decorated a playroom, where did you start? What was the best thing you did? The suggestions Ashley offers from her own experience will give you some inspiration if you’re currently decorating one.


The biggest problem in decorating a playroom is the toys—they’re everywhere, after all! The key is containment and organization, and that can be achieved in a couple of different ways:

  • Shelving units. Cubbies, book shelves, and children’s cabinet sets can all be used effectively for storing toys. Separate the toys into categories that your children can understand, and you can even use baskets or containers with a picture to help your child stay organized!
  • Bins. Many stores carry colorful racks and bins specifically made for kids. Like with the shelves, you’ll want to organize them by category to help your kids keep everything as organized as possible.

Labeling containers can be incredibly helpful for your kids. Teach them the categories and ask them to match the toys on the floor to the right bin, and the playroom will stay mostly clean.


There are lots of options when it comes to art in a playroom. You could use a theme and carry it through on the artwork or you could use contemporary prints or posters. Here’s a couple of neat ideas, though; that feature your children’s creativity on their walls:

  • Framed corkboard. Ashley used this idea in her son’s room. It’s the perfect place to hang artwork or schoolwork to show off. You’ll want to be the one doing the pinning, but your children can help decide what goes on the corkboards!
  • Framed chalkboard or chalkboard wall. Encourage child artists without crayon marks on the wall by painting a wall with chalkboard paint. If you’re not ready to invest in an entire chalkboard wall, consider taking a small chalkboard and framing it within reach. Then your children can add to it whenever they want.


Just like in an adult room, a kids’ playroom isn’t complete without accessories. Pick a color you and your child can agree on, and use that as your accent color. Use this in the curtains and in any features you add, like pillows, beanbags, chairs, or rugs!