A combination of wooden and upholstered chairs ensures that kids have proper seating for table tasks and reading.
Carolina chairs in Antique Navy, Antique Red, Antique Green and Bright Yellow, $139 each at Pottery Barn Kids. Carolina craft table in White, $249 at Pottery Barn Kids. Solid Hybrid Anywhere Chairs in Denim, Grass Green Twill and Red, $99 at Pottery Barn Kids. Alvine Flora cushion, $15 at Ikea. Similar rug: Andrup rug, $30 at Ikea.
Steer clear of overtly childish decor: A glass-front cabinet works well for storing toys (while keeping them visible), and jumbo-stripe wallpaper is fun without being fussy.
Kritter children's table in White, $25 at Ikea. Similar chairs: Kritter children's chair in White, $13 each at Ikea. Similar chair pad: Fabler chair pad in Green, $4 at Ikea. Similar cabinet: White bookcase with glass door, $847 at Bellacor. Similar beanbag: Cool Beans bean bag In Chocolate, $99 at Land of Nod.
Grown-up plaid curtains and a futuristic swivel chair temper a girlie pink palette.
Ikea PS Lomsk swivel chair in Red/Orange, $80 at Ikea. Similar fabric: Madras plaid fabric, $6 per yard at Atlantis Fabrics. Similar table and chairs: Latt children’s table and two chairs, $13 at Ikea. Similar rug: Serape Dark Red rug, $48 at Mariachi Imports.
Bold graphics—stars, stripes and skulls—and bright colors play off a sleek white cabinet and shelves.
Similar rug: Sveje rug in Red/White, $13 at Ikea. Domoor cup in White, $18 at Droog. Similar globe: Silver Ocean 12-inch globe, $99 at Kikkerland. Similar side table: Vitra metal side table, $550 at All Modern.
Tall bookshelves with bins keep a play space tidy.
Similar bookcase: Billy bookcase in Birch Veneer, $70 at Ikea. Similar chair: Triumph lounge chair, $229 at CB2. Wilson U.S. Open Jumbo Tennis Ball (nine-inch, basketball size), $20 at Walmart. Similar tricycle: Italtrike 10-Inch Touring Classic tricycle, $80 at Toys R Us.
A blown-up world map is both a graphic statement and educational tool for a playroom.
Expedit bookcase in White, $129 at Ikea. Vernon Panton Junior Chair in Classic Red, $130 at Hive. World map wall mural, $69 at Toys R Us. Similar sofa: Karlstad loveseat and chaise lounge in Linneryd Natural, $978 at Ikea.
For a combined office and playroom, use similarly shaped furniture for a cohesive look.
Speja tunnel, $20 at Ikea. Eames molded-plastic side chair in White, $249 at Design Within Reach. Similar kids' chairs: Medium plastic classroom chairs in Blue with Chrome Frame, $24.50 for set of four at GlobalIndustrial.com. Similar table: Here There Anywhere play table, $119 at Land of Nod.