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Want to create a kid-friendly space that doesn’t break every rule in the decorating book? Studio McGee gives us the scoop.

start with upholstery that can take a beating

We look for options that have removable covers, upholstery that is wipeable (like leather), or a polyester/acrylic blend fabric. White slipcovers are actually a great option in kids’ spaces because you can bleach them! In this playroom we used a mix of all three.

don’t be afraid of color and pattern

This is the place to have fun! We like to use bold colors against a crisp, white backdrop to keep things playful and modern. Vary the scale of your patterns and know that a good stripe goes with just about anything.

incorporate closed storage

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve tripped over a xylophone and landed on a LEGO in our home. When you have kids, messes are a way of life! Make it easy on yourself and incorporate closed storage to clean up quickly and hide clutter.

use toys and children’s books as accessories

Wooden blocks, stacks of books, a chalkboard, or a jar filled with marbles…with some editing and the right perspective, toys can be beautiful too!

divide the space

Space planning is key in a playroom. Designate zones for different activities and you will get the most from your space.

make it personal

Art is our favorite way to add personality to any room, but especially a playroom. Here we designed a gallery wall using a collection of family and travel photos, kids’ artwork and collected prints.