The playroom: Where your kids can showcase their creativity, hang out with friends and escape to after a long, hard day of playing. But when was the last time you shaped this space up for your young ones? Summer's here, so when they're not hanging outdoors, they'll likely spend most of their time in this room. Why not make it a more enjoyable area for them to play? With a few of these ideas and help from a design consultant at Decorating Den Interiors, you can create the new and improved playroom your kids will adore:

Reach out to a personal decorator
Once you've rummaged through the room and removed any unwanted chairs, trinkets and decor, reach out to a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors. He or she can come over to your home for a free consultation, assess the space and give you an idea of what she envisions based off of the ideas you share.

Mix and match colors and patterns
This room is supposed to be fun, isn't it? There's no need to decorate with boring shades layered over white walls – this doesn't set the right vibe for an entertainment area. Be willing to play with adventurous, bright hues mixed with delightful patterns. Don't forget to talk to your kids about color choices – it's their room after all!

Additionally, when it comes to wall decor, don't be afraid to make use of toys, as The Huffington Post recommended. Use wooden blocks to liven up the walls and place jars of marbles and stacks of books throughout the space.

Paint a chalkboard wall to make a functional and stylish statement. Paint a chalkboard wall to make a functional and stylish statement.

Make things fun and functional
As the saying goes, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," so why not give your kids permission to draw on the walls? Not your freshly painted ones, of course. Instead, hang a large dry-erase board or paint a chalkboard wall so the kids can get creative without the paper and magic markers. This is another stylish way to bring character to the space, all while making a fully function design statement.

Invest in a custom shelving unit
Play rooms tend to have a reputation for being the messy area in your house. Is this because your kids are prone to making a mess, or is it the fact that they don't have enough places to store their toys and trinkets? Instead of stuffing their belongings under the bed and in the closet, talk to your design consultant about creating a customized shelving unit for the room. Not only will this give the space more character, but it'll ensure organization and your sanity.

When was the last time you gave the playroom an update? Now's the perfect time to surprise your kids with freshly renewed space. Don't take care of the task on your own, however. With the expertise and assistance from a design consultant from Decorating Den, you can craft the perfect play place that's chic, functional and kid-approved.