When it comes to decorating playrooms, it’s all about creating a space that is fun, educational and suits your personal style.
The first step is selecting your flooring, as this will help you gain a better understanding of your design brief for the whole space. When deciding on your flooring think about what type of things your children will be doing in the room, for example, playing, drawing/craft, dancing, watching movies, eating etc. So it’s important to select a flooring solution that is ‘mess friendly’: easy to clean, stain resistant and something that can deal with everyday wear & tear, without ageing quickly. I personally love floorboards with a large comfy rug for a cosy atmosphere.
When thinking about the walls of children’s spaces, people often think ‘bright’ & ‘cheerful’ colours, similar to what you may have seen at childcare centres: these colours are not necessary to create a bright & cheerful atmosphere, especially in a space that they are going to spend much of their time in over the years. Modern children’s interior spaces should be a representation of what the rest of the home looks like, ensuring the continuity runs nicely throughout the whole house. Don’t fear ‘adult tones’ in children’s spaces as when the full room is in place the wall colour will blend nicely into its design. This also allows your eye to be drawn to the child specific items in the room. For example, continuing a nice grey tone through to the playroom will allow a beautiful print or chair to be the focus, rather than an over-stimulating colour.
I believe lighting is also a very important aspect of any room design and flexibility is a must! As playrooms will most likely be used at all times of the day and possibly night, consider having dimmers on the main lights in the room for when the kids are watching movies but still want the lights on, or dark and rainy days when lighting might be dull. I love child friendly lamps and highly recommend including one that is non-breakable, doesn’t get hot if touched & something that can be accessed to add extra lighting for reading or drawing. There are so many great children’s lamps out there these days; it’s sometimes hard to pick which one, so if you can’t decide why not go for two!
The final consideration is room layout and this is where most people freak out and think “I have no idea where to put things!” Well fear not because... you do! Take a step back, look at the space as a whole & think about ‘areas’ or ‘zones’. Then ask yourself these questions:
What existing furniture am I going to use? What furniture do I need to buy? What items do I want to put in there? What toys need space? What gets packed away & what stays out? What gets used all the time?
Answering these questions will take the stress out of planning your room layout. Remember, trial and error is okay, what works for your family now might not work for you in the future, so be forward thinking and flexible in whatever you do. Rotating toys or changing the layout every now and then can create a new sense of adventure, promote resilience and foster creative and lateral thinking.