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