You can be forgiven if your playroom was a bit of an afterthought—a space you started stashing toys and un-precious furniture to preserve some semblance of adulthood in the rest of your home. But with a little thoughtful consideration, the children's zone can be elevated into a room you'd like to spend time in, too. Think comfy couches in stain-resistant fabrics, plenty of concealed storage, and the very best art. Ahead are 21 playrooms that aren't messy, hodgepodge or overly juvenile.
A chalkboard wall creates a moveable, ever-changing art gallery in this playroom by
In 's playroom, an accent wall in a sea-themed blue-toned wallpaper is both tranquil and enlivening.
In Lucy Liu's playroom, woven baskets hung over the fireplace incorporate texture and a worldly feel. from One King's Lane are upholstered in stain-resistant Crypton.
Another shot of Lucy Liu's playroom shows off a for children to hide out.
In Nate Berkus' Manhattan penthouse, a wall of built-in bookshelves house family photos while toys are stowed in cabinetry underneath.
For the playroom of a shingle house in the Hamptons, architect Shamir Shah recruited his partner, artist Malcolm Hill, to create a mural with images of the surrounding countryside and the home itself; the Modu-licious cabinets are by Blu Dot, and the Thick & Thin carpet tiles are by Flor.
For a playroom in a San Francisco home, custom-built bunk beds provide extra beds for small guests; the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Pink Fairy.
A full gallery wall of children's artwork makes a standout statement in . The table and .
In this airy blue and white playroom , a beloved train table is the room anchor while wire baskets and light tones (rugs, futon, walls) helps the space feel uncluttered.
In this , a mellow pink sofa is set-off with a colorful rug, and bright wall art.
In this , a wire wall , as a low shelf houses toys and a cute tent is tucked in the corner around a small table and chairs.
In , a built-in daybed is covered in pillows as an accent wall houses a safari of stuffed . tucked into built-in bookshelves provided tons of roomy storage and a clean, unified look.
In , a wall-to-wall window seat also provides ample storage for books; two ottomans provide cozy seating and a pint-sized art table encourages creativity.
In , works as a whimsical seating option atop a Kate Spade rug. Shiplap walls provide a mellow contrast to a wallpapered ceiling.
In this , a wall of built-in looking bookshelves was constructed from IKEA shelves and topped with a piece of of wood to make a handy counter. Labeled baskets house toys, and a sugar mold was used to house crayons and markers on the children's table. The rug is from and the .
The playroom hanging seats and ladder in this DC apartment came from Ikea, and the rug is by Holland & Sherry. Wall panels conceal floor-to-ceiling shelves crammed with toys and a pull-out crafts table.
In a minimalist Tribeca loft, floor-to-ceiling shelving houses toys as built-in desks provide study space for older kiddos. A unified black and white palette keeps the look particularly clean.
The playroom in that same Tribeca loft provides space for children to watch movies, create art, and get homework done. Subtle starry wallpaper by is both youthful and elegant, and a table by centers the space.
In this art room by , play food is color coded and sorted into wire bins as wall-mounted shelves make room for low-profile boxes of art supplies.
The playroom in Carolyn Pressly's home boasts a modern and playful design furnished with a yellow-toned Turkish modular sofa that turns into a "megabed" and counterbalances the purples and pinks of the room.“In the playroom, I added a doorway to give the kids a sense of personal space and homeyness. Just like in the office, the playroom has cork floors, which is not only kid friendly, but also helps create a natural transition between the spaces," says the designer.