If I had to pin the importance of functionality to one room in my home, the playroom would hold a place at the top of my list. As the mom of two energetic twin girls, I can say from personal experience that tea parties and “dress up” don’t exactly leave the playroom in pristine condition at the end of each day.
Of course, classically current designs don’t have to take a backseat when it comes to functionality. Mountains of toys and scribbles on the wall should be expected, rather than feared, when designing a playroom. This does not mean your playroom can’t look as posh as the rest of your home; you can have the best of both worlds!
Before childproofing every nook and cranny of the playroom, consider the most practical furnishings. In the room designated for play, bumps and bruises are inevitable if it is filled with harsh furniture pieces. When styling a playroom, I like to incorporate furniture that is naturally childproof. Soft and plush seating is the perfect way to achieve a fun and playful look while remaining fully functional.
Pro Tip: Be sure to research the type of fabric used on the furniture piece. A stain-resistant and durable texture can be a parent’s lifesaver. Crypton’s line of residential fabrics offers hundreds of options in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns!
Storage is a key component when designing a playroom, but don’t let that impede on any creative opportunities. Rather than bulky toy boxes, incorporating cubbyholes and shelving are classic and practical ways to organize and store mountains of toys, leaving more floor space for playtime and activities.
Taking it a step further, consider filling the shelves with fitted baskets. This trick allows for easy cleanup and is a great tactic to hide a mess in a flash! It’s also a fab way to blend additional color and texture into the room.
Of course, no playroom is complete without at least a couple color injections. Painting shelves and cubbies are the perfect opportunities to bring striking color to a space.
Welcome the Writing on the Wall
Hanging framed art is usually a great option for wall decor in a home. However, it’s not the only option for a playroom. Embrace this writing on a wall (to a point), and design a playroom that’s child-friendly. A full chalkboard or whiteboard wall is a simple addition that your kids will love.
If space is available, take advantage of the opportunity to bring learning opportunities into the playroom by installing a vibrant mural of a world map on the wall. It’s never too early to start forming a world-view!
Safety, storage and creativity are all very important when designing the perfectly posh playroom for your little ones. But the most important thing is designing a room that encourages creativity and imagination to create a space where anything seems possible!