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Bright and Bold Modern Playroom


When we moved into our home a few years ago, we had no need for a formal living room.

But you know what we did have?

Toys. A lot of them.

And so I created this bright and fun playroom for my kids, ages 6 and 2.

A lot of the playroom inspo I find on Pinterest and elsewhere online is gorgeous, but so many of these rooms seem to have so many decorative items and not enough room for children to actually, well, play.

So I prioritized storage (for everything from Legos to Barbies), along with plenty of space for the kids to build or run or be crazy (usually the third option mentioned is the most popular).

The geometric rug helped to ground the space -- AND it's made from individual recycled floor tiles, which makes it super easy to clean -- and then I added an IKEA Kallax shelving unit with storage bins for all our odds and ends. Both my kids love their cute kitchen set, and my daughter wanted a desk area where she could work on art projects and not be bothered by her little brother.

A book nook on one wall, a Land of Nod play table and chairs, and a dress-up corner round out our space.

And there you have it! There's a glimpse into the most popular room in our home. :)

Wanna see more? Check out my blog over at Kate Decorates.


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  1. avatar Kate says:

    Hi Katie! That “hip hip hooray” banner was a total score from Target’s Dollar Spot.

  2. avatar Katie says:

    Hi there! Love this playroom! Where is the hip hip hooray banner from?

  3. avatar Kate Dreyer says:

    Hi Michelle! The wall color is Rocky Bluffs by Valspar.

  4. avatar Michelle says:

    Hey Kate, what color did you use on the walls? I love it!

  5. Hi Amanda! That was a super easy DIY project. Just get some eye hooks from your local hardware store and some picture hanging wire. That’s it! This probably took me 10 minutes and it’s such a good way to display all my kids’ artwork (and keep my fridge a bit more free of clutter!).

  6. Hi Melanie! That is the RASKOG cart from IKEA. Sadly they don’t sell it in this aqua anymore, but you could probably purchase one and spray paint it.

  7. avatar Melanie says:

    Where is the little stand next to the kitchen from? I love the pop of color!

  8. Thank you so much Amanda! The bins are from The Land of Nod but sadly they no longer sell this exact set. Here’s my affiliate link for a set that’s very similar (and also from LoN):

  9. avatar Amanda says:

    Oops forgot to also ask how you made those wall art hanging wires

  10. avatar Amanda says:

    LOVE this room. Where did you get the canvas number bins in the shelving unit?

  11. Sara! Your comment just made my day with your sweet comments — THANK YOU! The alphabet canvas was purchased from The Land of Nod. Here’s a direct link for it:

  12. Sara! Your comment just made my day with your sweet comments — THANK YOU! The alphabet canvas was purchased from The Land of Nod. Here’s my affiliate link for it:

  13. Hi Marcela! The rug is from FLOR Squares. We absolutely love it. Those triangles are individual tiles that I used to make a rug. It’s super durable, kid-friendly and cleans up well. We’ve had it for 3+ years and it STILL looks like new!

  14. avatar Sara says:

    This room has me drooling and green with envy. It’s gorgeous, classy, and not overly crowded/stimulating. Where can I find the alphabet picture on the wall above the H & M letters???!

  15. avatar marcela says:

    HI! where is the rug from?