Whether you want to transform a whole room into a play area or decorate a bedroom just for little ones, these great ideas will help guide your decision to make it a fun-filled space.
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A Soldier-Themed Room
A paratrooper plummeting from the ceiling via fishing wire serves as the visual point of this kid-designed space. Framed U.S. Army posters decorate the walls and a single armylike bed is set against the wall.
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To create a graphic, tidy arrangement to display her son Luca's artwork, Rebecca, the owner of this home, painted pieces of 13/8-inch lattice in high-gloss paint and adhered them to a wall with glue and nails. She then screwed Bulldog clips to the lattice to hold a rotating selection of her son's art, as well as other meaningful pieces (such as the painting by her husband's father, an artist, in the lower right-hand corner).
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A Room for Many
The owner of this historic estate on New York’s Hudson River included a special arts-and-crafts center in her home to accommodate her 12 grandchildren. Each child has a personal cubby and a central sink serves as a cleaning station.
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A Bold Design
The winch at the front of the loft, which once delivered sailcloth and other supplies to shipbuilders, is a striking design element in this play area. Each toy acts as a fanciful contrast to the looming presence of the wheel.
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Great for All Ages
A low table dedicated for playing and coloring is adjacent to a more grown-up style of desk for parents to use.
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A Nook for the Baby
In this Brooklyn, New York, apartment, a nook off the master bedroom was transformed into a nursery by separating the spaces with a curtain on an easy-pull hospital track. The result is a cozy, pretty space.
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A Special Corner
Vintage wallpaper accents this cozy sleeping area that includes a bed, trundle, and bookcase. A personal wall above the pillow displays photos of family and friends, as well as inspirational images.
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A Storybook Mural
With artistic direction by the room’s occupant, a mural created by a relative decorates the wall. The charming design reminds guests of storybooks and imaginative escapes to other worlds.
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Patterns and Shapes
Vibrant patterns enliven this kids’ room and its numerous shelves keep the space free of clutter. A clothesline serves a fun way to display artwork.
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A Worldly Study
For this room, repurposed vintage roll-up maps were used as wallpaper. The desk, found at an office-supply salvage sale, is placed against the wall for reading and writing to take place.
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An Adaptable Design
This space was designed to look youthful but not juvenile. The same patterned material was used for the window shades and to make the storage bins.
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A Versatile Cabinet
This girl's art supplies are stored in cabinets divided into different sizes so that she can have fun organizing her various toys and craft tools.
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In lieu of a playroom, a corner of the main living space is dedicated to the kids. This boy's drums and a mini Alvar Aalto table are set up in front of a John McLaughlin painting. Concrete floors throughout the home keep it cool.