When it comes to designing spaces for your children, it’s important to think long-term about how the space will be used. It should be functional and reflect their personality. Because children grow up so quickly, their needs for storage, a space to play, and a place to hang out with friends and study changes fairly quickly. Thinking about these things initially will prevent you from having to redesign the space every few years. So how can you design a chic and functional space they’ll love?

Creating a functional and chic kids space they'll love

Start with a fun color palette and incorporate whimsical details. A neutral base layer with color and unique details will help transition the space as your children mature. A bold rug, graphic prints or a statement wallcovering are easy to swap out as they grow up and will keep the room feeling fresh and youthful. You want the space to fit your kiddo’s needs, but still be sophisticated (no baby zoo animals here) and be able to grow with them.

Creating a functional and chic kids space they'll love

Storage, Built-ins

When it comes to things like messy backpacks, wet shoes and muddy sports equipment, where do you keep it? How about a mudroom! Though these spaces should be kid-friendly, it should also match the design of the rest of your home. This unique locker inspired cabinets are easy to clean, open and match the modern design of the cabinets. And we love how this bench gives you a place to put on your shoes and prep for the day. It’s a tailored space for your kiddos that helps keep their clutter under control.

Creating a functional and chic kids space they'll love

When it comes to storage in the bedroom, using a dresser, table or shelves is a great place to start. But don’t be afraid to get a little creative! Building shelves and cabinets in the bed or wall maximizes the space in the room and allows the kiddos to have more space to play. Storage drawers under the bed, adds more space without adding extra furniture into the room.

Creating a functional and chic kids space they'll love

Creating a functional and chic kids space they'll love

Bunk beds  

If you have twins or children that are a similar age, fitting two beds in one space takes some strategizing. (Trust me I know…I always need two of everything!) Bunk beds are a great way to utilize the space in the room. It gives each child their own space to while still leaving them a place to play and study. Bunk beds with a lounge area or study space underneath are also a great space saving option…even if they aren’t sharing a room.

Creating a functional and chic kids space they'll love

Playroom

When it comes to the playroom, colors are really important. You want to select pieces and colors that spark creativity. Oranges, blues, pinks, and purples are always a go-to! Layer in whimsical pieces like a striped lamp, vibrant rug, and comfy ottomans. They add playful touches to the space but are also very functional.

Creating a functional and chic kids space they'll love

When it comes to designing a chic, but functional space your kids will love it’s all about mixing work and play. Incorporate study areas in the bedroom and maximize the space with built-in shelves or cabinets. Use playful designs, whimsical details and comfy seating in the playroom. You want this space to be playful and inspire creativity. So even though the space should be functional, it’s still a place for your kids…so have some fun with it!

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Laura U

Laura Umansky is a story-teller at heart. Her unique perspective and tailored design process empower her to create singular interiors for clients all over the world.

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