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Why is kids' stuff so unsightly??? It's like children's manufacturers have a secret mandate to make things that stand out, like a sore thumb, in your home. Especially if you're trying to achieve a modern or minimalist aesthetic. There are some exceptions, of course, like Hape, which makes beautiful, wooden toys with clean lines, contemporary design, and a judicious use of color.
The Hape Play Kitchen: keepin' it neutral in my son's room.