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How to Design the Perfect Playroom

04/15/2015 10:10 am ET | Updated Jun 08, 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.