Children's Playroom Design Ideas
- A playroom can be the ideal space where children can use their boundless energy to create and learn through play. Creating such a space doesn't have to be a major undertaking or a major expense. In fact, you can easily create a playroom that will evolve and grow with your child.
- Your child's interests should be the primary source of inspiration. Keep in mind that your child won't always be captivated by inquisitive primates or talking trains, so it is best not to design a room around such themes. Use those items as accessories that do double duty as toys, such as a stuffed monkey on a shelf or a train set that can be played with. But if your child likes animals decorate the room in a nature theme that will transition with your child as he grows.
Keep an open mind when trying to design the space. Inspiration can be found in the usual places, such as a home design catalog, or the unusual places, such as a vintage greeting card.
- Be careful not to overwhelm the child with sensory overload. If you have brightly colored furniture, keep the wall color a pleasing neutral shade or vice versa. Provide plenty of accessible storage for toys and art supplies. Any furniture in the room should be tested for durability because a child will, most likely, try to climb it.
Provide a stereo for music. If you have hardwood or tile floors, throw down a rug or carpet remnant to soften the floor surface and absorb noise. Consider creating a quiet area stocked with an over-sized bean bag chair where she can either read a book or take a cat-nap. Try to reuse as much of your old furniture as you can. A simple coat of paint can transform an old bookcase and save the time and expense of buying a new one.
Do It Yourself Ideas
- Try to personalize the room for your child's current interests, but also leave room for new interests and hobbies. If your child is a climber, consider turning a corner of the room into a climbing surface with climbing grips. Reinforce the walls if necessary.
If your child is a budding Picasso, consider painting a section of wall with chalkboard paint. Or, if the thought of child creating art on the wall is enough to make your head spin, make your own bulletin board out of a large piece of board with a decorative frame. A picture rail around the room will also allow for extra display space.
What Not to Do
- A children's playroom is not the ideal space to showcase any sort of treasured antiques. You may have inherited Grandma's childhood teddy bear, but it cannot withstand a toddler's grubby and rough displays of attention. Don't get personally involved. This is your child's space, let him use it as he sees fit.
What to Do
- Provide toys that encourage creativity, such as plastic building blocks or paints. Be frugal and environmentally conscious by buying used items. Keep paint costs down by buying "oops" paint. Most big box stores offer paint that was returned by customers which the stores then sell for cheap. Scour the "oops" paint section for usable gallons that are a fraction of the original cost.