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7 gorgeous play mats you’ll actually want in your living room

Proving it is possible to create a practical play space without clashing primary colours, these stylish play mats are a must-have...

You spent your whole pregnancy telling everyone who would listen that your house wasn’t going to be taken over with baby stuff, yet months later you’ve found yourself surrounded by toys, books and all sorts of colourful baby paraphernalia that doesn’t exactly fit in with your chic living room decor. Sound about right?

While some degree of clutter and daytime mess is inevitable when you have a child (depending on just how organised you are), there is at least one thing you can ensure is as pretty as it is practical, and that’s a play mat.

Designed to combine functionality and fashionable prints and colours, we’ve rounded up seven of the most stylish play mats that will be loved by little ones and their parents alike. Thank us later.

Totter and Tumble

There is a lot to love about Totter and Tumble’s play mats. From the reversible designs in subtle prints to the soft memory foam material that protect little explorers from bumps, they are well worth the investment. Now to decide on which print pairing we love the most. Compact mats are available from £125 while the standard mats are £140. Shop at

Totter and Tumble play mat

The Wanderer playmat, from £125, Totter and Tumble

Avery Row

We stumbled upon Avery Row on Instagram and have been obsessed with their designs ever since. Their quilted play mats are available in a few pretty designs that will complement your decor while remaining super soft and comfortable for little ones to play on. Available for £45 each at Avery Row.

Avery Row play mat

Nordic Forest Stay and Play mat, £45, Avery Row

Little Dutch Activity Mat

Proving it’s possible to provide sensory stimulation without the need for eye-popping colour, this Little Dutch activity mat will go in pretty much room and has sweet sealife-themed toys attached to keep babies entertained too. Available for £62 from Kidly.

Little Dutch ocean blue activity mat

Little Dutch ocean blue activity mat, £62, Kidly

Etta Loves play mat

Science and style combine in Etta Loves’ clever designs, including this black and white play mat. The reversible animal print is specifically designed to help develop baby’s vision from newborn, while also remaining versatile enough to fit with any decor for parents. Available for £75 from

Etta Loves animal print play mat

Reversible animal print play mat, £75, Etta Loves

Edukit Eva foam mat

You don’t have to spend a fortune to find a neutral play mat. For £29.95 you can bag this pack of 40 foam tiles and 18 edges that you can mix and match to create a number of designs, including this chevron pattern. Available on Amazon.

Edukit Eva foam mat

Edukit Eva foam mat, £29.95, Amazon

Gus and Beau triangle play mat set

Kids’ foam floor tiles are given a muted makeover with this grey triangle design from Gus and Beau. Soft and durable for playtime but stylish enough to keep down after bedtime, what’s not to love? Available from Scandiborn from £70 for six tiles.

Gus and Beau play mat

Gus and Beau play mat set, from £70, Scandiborn

Munchkin and Bear

These muted, stylish play mats will last for years thanks to their durable memory foam material and classic reversible designs. Created with parents in mind as well as children, they include rectangular and round designs featuring everything from beautiful botanicals to Scandi star motifs. Available from £94.95 at Munchkin and Bear.

Munchkin and Bear play mat

Round speckled play mat, £114.95, Munchkin and Bear

Keeping Mum’s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love and approve of. We may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page.

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