Because this was a recent feature on Dering Hall (“Kid-Friendly Rooms that Inspire the Imagination”), we were inspired to share some of our own guidelines to keep in mind when designing a child’s playroom.
While it may not be, at times, the tidiest room in your home, having a playroom is a fantastic way to give your child their own, personal, space in your home, while at the same time keeping toy creep at bay. What is toy creep? It’s the phenomenon that most families are familiar with where toys are found all over the house.
A playroom provides the perfect place to keep your child’s belongings in a contained area. A room for your children can also serve as a fun retreat from their bedroom where they can still have fun with their toys and allow their imagination to flourish. The ideal playroom should be both a fun yet safe place where your kids can escape to enjoy themselves without the direct supervision of their parents. Here are some basic guidelines for designing the perfect playroom.
Children’s playrooms can sometimes be associated with clutter, but clever storage can turn a playroom into a world of imagination for children of all ages.
Color / Theme
When designing your child’s room it is important to use bright, vibrant colors, patterns and textures that are fun and inspiring to them. We recommend that the colors used in a children’s design have some sort of theme in mind. We love to paint the walls a soft but impactful color such as Cay by Sherwin-Williams. Often times we look at another plain, the ceiling, to help us bring color or pattern into the space. For instance, we love the combination of eggshell white walls and a flat, teal paint or a fun, graphic wallcovering on the ceiling. Because senses are important to a child’s development, it is always a great idea to mix and match various textures in your finish selections for things like upholstery, flooring, etc. Most importantly, take the time to explore what your children are interested in and make a decision with their input in mind; after-all, it is their space!
The bright, lively colors in this play room flow perfectly with this whimsical design.
One of the most important factors of a children’s play room is the storage. Whether you’re using shelves, cubbies, boxes, or treasure chests, you need to have enough room to comfortably fit all of your children’s toys, books and much more. Including labels is a great idea as well, both as a means to help your child practice reading while also helping them learn where and how things should be put away once they are done with one activity and onto the next.
We love these soft bins from The Container Store for loose toys and art supplies:
We love CB2 Honeycomb hive for stuffed animals and books:
This playroom, found on Houzz, is another great example of how you can creatively have lots of storage while also bringing bright colors into the room. This space also incorporates a smart color palette, balancing bright colors with sophisticated darker hues.
It’s important that your children’s playroom is a source for creativity and exploration. A great way to achieve this is by utilizing your walls as a creative space and source for inspiration. Think some chalkboard paint or a dry erase/magnetic laminate on the wall for an instant canvas that can be as easily populated with drawings and ideas and then changed just as soon as the next great idea comes to their mind. It’s also a great place for learning and self-expression.
Given that your child is going to want privacy in their playroom while at the same time want to run and jump around as they play, it is important to make sure that there aren’t any sharp corners or dangerous surfaces in the room. You won’t be able to use just any table or set of chairs, they will need to be of an appropriate height and material for children while also at an overall scale that works with them. The seats, tables and floor should all be kid-friendly; the softer the better!
Our River Oaks interior’s Playroom includes only soft, plush furniture designed for two young girls.
Designing a playroom for your children should be fun, not stressful. If you’re not up for the challenge yourself, we can and want to help! Whether you need some quick feedback on a design you have in mind from our Guru or the full-guidance of one of our interior designers, Studio U is the perfect place to discuss your ideas and bring them to life. To learn more about our Studio U services, please visit our website here!
Until Next Time,
Senior Interior Designer