5 Playroom Ideas Guaranteed to Delight Little Ones

Create a magical space for toddlers and kids with modern playroom ideas built to enchant and engage.

1. Interactive Toys & Games

A well-designed child's playroom should be great fun, yes, but it should also be an environment for developing fundamental early skills, like dexterity and critical thinking—which makes interactive playroom elements imperative. Create a space that's chock-full of toys that enchant and engage —like the Areaware Blocktecture Deco set, above—or the Ferm Living Miniature Funkis House, toys to inspire budding architects and designers. And good luck trying to keep kids away from the greenery-laden Renoir Hanging Swing Chair.


2. Fun Storage Pieces

Proper playroom storage is key to keeping chaos at bay, but making storage a part of the decor is one way to turn a functional piece into its own form of magic. The Ferm Living Pear Braided Storage Basket, above, weaves a fun-and-fruity visual spell, while keeping toys and sundries neatly contained in its rounded form; and the Spruce Tree Bookcase is perfect for smaller items and books that need to be constantly corralled. The Oeuf Toy Store makes a tantalizing show of its goodies, inviting kids to go ahead and help themselves.


3. Room to Hang With Friends

Playmates are just as important to a child's development as a room full of toys, so ensure that there's plenty of space in a playroom for group activities. Kids' furniture that encourages joint projects, like solving puzzles or making art, forges early interpersonal skills, and helps foster an environment in which kids will want to linger and learn. Colorful chairs, like the Fermob Luxembourg Kid Side Chair, above, and the curvy Risom Child's Amoeba Table, make friendly playroom additions.


4. Illustrative Wallpaper

When selecting playroom wallpaper, go beyond the merely decorative to turn a wall into a truly informative experience. Graham and Brown's Frames Wallpaper, above, encourages a hands-on approach by presenting a montage of empty frames into which kids insert their own art. Illustrative designs, like Ferm Living's Animals Wallpaper has enough detailed illustrations to keep kids slack-jawed, while taking it all in. And Merenda Wallpaper's NYC Manhole wallpaper gives an early lesson in urban motifs.


5. Comfy Lounging Area

Playing and learning is exhausting business, and little ones need a place to zone out, too. Incorporate rugs, textiles and soft furnishings that encourage kids to sprawl out comfortably, while reading, playing games, or just lolling around. We love the Ferm Living Tufted Pineapple Rug, above, with its luscious fruity motif and plush pile, ideal for bare feet to sink into. Ditto the soft and thick Ferm Living Safari Tufted Rug— but for some back support, the Fatboy Junior Beanbag offers plenty of laid back fun.