Plan­ning a toy room can be fun and ful­fill­ing with ad­vice from Lanas­sir Lawes, our ex­pert in­te­rior de­signer from Bress­ing­ham

EDP Norfolk - - Interiors -

It may only seem five min­utes ago that the sum­mer hol­i­days ended and the chil­dren went back to school, but at the end of the month there is a half-term to look for­ward to!

I know that my friends with chil­dren al­ways find this hol­i­day dif­fi­cult as we are on the cusp of the clocks chang­ing and the days are gen­er­ally colder and wet­ter than the pre­vi­ous hol­i­day.

This is when a des­ig­nated play­room comes into its own - a room that con­tains all of the toys of the house and keeps the rest of the home clut­ter-free. This is a room that I am find­ing clients keen to have de­signed so that it has am­ple stor­age and is a safe and in­spir­ing play­ing en­vi­ron­ment for their chil­dren. Of­ten a play­room will be for more than one child, so putting to­gether a scheme that suits both boys and girls of dif­fer­ent ages is part of the brief.

As with any­thing de­signed for chil­dren, longevity and flex­i­bil­ity are al­ways pop­u­lar choices, to theme a room around the lat­est su­per hero or Dis­ney film may lead to tears (mostly from the par­ents!) when a new trend comes along and they are out of favour within a mat­ter of weeks. Choos­ing a base colour for the walls that is neu­tral and flows with the other rooms is wise, or­der­ing a lit­tle ex­tra paint so you have some at hand to touch up in­evitable scuffs is ad­vis­able.

There are some great wall­pa­pers and wall art avail­able; one of my favourites is the black­board wall­pa­per that we used re­cently. It gives a much nicer fin­ish to the wall than us­ing black­board paint and is also much eas­ier to re­move than paint­ing over a black paint when the chil­dren grow out of it. Also a dark colour pa­per such as this is a great way to dis­guise a TV on the wall - I al­ways try to hide a TV against a dark wall cov­er­ing where pos­si­ble. Once a TV was a sta­tus sym­bol within a home, now it can be an ugly ne­ces­sity that is func­tional - we want it to be there but not seen!

It is so fas­ci­nat­ing look­ing at the his­tory of the do­mes­tic in­te­rior and how it has changed over the decades. Next month I look for­ward to shar­ing with you an up­date on my own flat, de­signed to fit my life­style which is very much 21st cen­tury... dress­ing room es­sen­tial!

Stor­age is a ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion in any room and if well de­signed it can make life so much eas­ier for all con­cerned. For this play­room a shelv­ing unit was de­signed to house large toys at the top with easy pull-out plas­tic crates at the bot­tom, colour coded for par­tic­u­lar types of toys. The sys­tem was so suc­cess­ful one of my client’s friends has or­dered one for her play­room that we are now work­ing on. ABOVE LEFT: A place for every­thing... toy­room so­lu­tions from Lanas­sir Lawes

ABOVE RIGHT: Think about the fu­ture as well as the present in plan­ning your child’s toy­room - with wall to chalk upon and a colour scheme to suit boys and girls.

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