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The Most Incredible Kids Spaces

Written by Jaymi Naciri Posted On Friday, 27 December 2013 10:24

Trying to strike the right balance between elegant home design and family-friendly living is enough of a challenge.

But what if you want to create a truly awesome space for your kids?

One that makes the typical backyard jungle gym look like an also-ran or creates a bedroom or play space that activates their imagination.

You are only limited by your own imagination - and by your wallet - as proven by these amazing spaces.

Interior Rooms

In this sprawling $10 million California compound, a mix of elegant adult décor and creative kid spaces merge.

The kids bunk room is far from traditional, with sleeping areas made from boats.

Boats not your thing? Create a treehouse bedroom inside "complete with climbing ropes, ladders, swings and all kinds of hidden storage spaces."

treehouse bedroom

Or, how about a castle bedroom, constructed with lightweight concrete to create "a built-in bed, top bunk, slide and a built-in desk area."

castle bedroom
Beasley & Henley Interior Design

See more outrageous kids rooms here or check out this video.


Architectural Detail

Who needs a staircase? Not your kids. If you're remodeling your home, it's not difficult to incorporate a slide next to your staircase, like in this home that was featured in Huffington Post's Top 10 Kid-Friendly Homes. You might even find yourself choosing to slide instead of climb.

A climbing wall is another fun way to give kids the freedom and activity they crave.

kids climbiing wall room
Michaelis Boyd Associates: 95A Oxford Garden

For the artist in the family, this color-in wallpapermight fit the bill.

color-in wallpaper


Who needs a boring old grassy lawn when you can have a miniature golf course?

Shanachie Greens, Inc.

You'd have to travel to Athens, Greece to see this 376-square-foot tree house that is so loaded with “high-tech gadgets” that it's known as "James Bond's HQ” (but the trip would be worth it!)

Simon Payne, Blue Forest

You can see more great kids' playhouses here.

Of course, if you're simply looking for a few ways to weave in a few “traditional” family-friendly design or décor tricks to your home, see HGTV.

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