Room for Play
I think designing playrooms has officially become my favourite space to design. Maybe it’s because I am now a mother, maybe its because it’s a space based on fun and creativity and a space where there doesn’t need to be any rules. As parents we know how quickly our homes can fill up with toys upon toys, the kids get gifts from family and friends, and as much as we swear we won’t do it we always seem to come across something at the store that would just be “so cute” for the kids or that the kids would “just love”. Either way, before we know it there are toys literally every corner of the house and the kids have basically taken ownership of every single room. The perfect solution – create a designated play room, or even just a designated play space within your home. This can be a room that is 100% geared toward the kids, where all the activities and toys can have a home, and where you can simply close the door when company comes over instead of running around like a mad woman trying to make the house presentable and avoid your guests stepping on various lego land mines.
I just completed the playroom for my girls in our own home and I had so much fun with this project and absolutely love how it turned out so I am sharing my design and tips with you today. Our home is designed and finished in a modern farmhouse style, and I wanted the playroom to look like it fit with the rest of the home. To achieve this I went with a monochrome colour palette to match the black and white and natural wood tones that we have throughout our home. White walls make a perfect canvas and backdrop to showcase the kids artwork which will hang from this wire curtain rod from IKEA, and one wall has been painted in black chalkboard paint to create a space with the girls can doodle. We also added an art table to the room to provide lots of opportunity for colouring and creating. I found classic foam floor tiles in black and white that i covered the majority of the floor with to create some comfort and cushion so the girls can spread out and play on the floor – these are awesome because they are also so easy to clean! An IKEA storage unit with easy to pull-out baskets at a low height means all the little toys and blocks can easily be stashed away and also easily be pulled out by the little ones without any adult help. A play tent with cozy blankets and pillows and a shelf full of books makes a cozy reading nook and a good space for some quiet time or a power nap. Last but not least I created a kitchen space to fuel that imaginative pretend play. I used a play kitchen from IKEA, as well as some simple shelving items and a small storage unit to create a kitchen corner that would feel like a mini version of a full size kitchen complete with farmhouse inspired accessories, a wall-phone, and some decorative items. All in all it’s a space that I’m pretty proud of and that I’m happy to show off, but if it is a disaster I can just pull the barn doors closed and hide it away!
A few tips to keep in mind when designing a playspace of your own:
– consider the overall theme of your home, and try to tie that into the kids space through colour palettes, accessories, and artwork
– storage is everything in this space and you want it to be easily accessible for the kids to get to what they want – and also ideally put it away! Something with pull out bins works really well because there are no heavy or challenging lids for little hands to open, but they are also great at hiding what’s inside
– consider scale – this space is for little humans, make sure everything they need is within their reach
– consider your kiddos and what they like to do and incorporate that into the space – my girls love to colour, read and play pretend in the kitchen so I wanted a space that made all of that possible for them
– create a multi-functional space – a room that allows for some artistic play, some pretend play, some quiet time, and open space for physical activity
– there will inevitably be spills and messes so keep that in mind when considering flooring – a washable area rug or foam tiles that can be wiped clean are both great options
Most of all – have fun with it! This is a room made for play after all, so let your inner kid out and create a room that your kids will be excited to claim as their own!