SPECIAL TO THE STAR – YOURHOME.CA
As a designer, it becomes second nature to adapt to clients’ different styles and needs for a space. It’s all about communication and listening to the client. When I first started to design spaces for children, I thought it would be challenging to determine their needs for a space.
After completing my first playroom, it became clear that children, like adults, also need places in the home to play, learn and socialize. Playrooms can facilitate both their education and growth.
Here are some design tips to keep in mind when creating a space for children:
- Remember that they are constantly growing. Try to use fabrics and colours that are fun, but not themed. Bright, geometric patterns with accent colours will create a visually stimulating space that the child will not outgrow too quickly. When choosing these fabrics, ensure they are durable and easy to clean.
- Think about the activities you want your children to do in that room, such as artwork or reading. Dedicate stations within the space that will facilitate these activities.
- An accent paint colour can really add to the room. While a vibrant colour may be too much for the entire space, pick one wall that you really want to emphasize and paint it a gender neutral colour such as green, yellow or orange. Remember, this space will most likely be shared with other children.
- Kids will be active. Leave an area of open space so that sports and other physical activities can occur without the interference of furniture.
- Storage is one of the main concerns for a playroom. Most people with children will agree that the number of toys that get thrown around with no home is staggering. Use colourful baskets or toy boxes around the perimeter of the space.
- One of my clients wanted to hang something that she had made for her son in the playroom that we designed. She wanted to add something personal and vibrant to the space. We decided to pick an image and paint it ourselves. The finished product went up in the music centre. Think about adding something special to your child’s space that represents you.
- Dedicate room on the walls for artwork and school projects. This will personalize the space and give kids a sense of pride in their work.
- Furniture is essential to the space, but it does not need to be elaborate. A table and chair set along with some soft seating should be the main furniture components. Beanbag chairs are usually a good seating solution. In the playroom that I worked on, we used large pieces of foam and upholstered them with a fun and durable fabric. We then put the pieces together in the shape of a sectional sofa for a creative and inexpensive seating solution.
With a little imagination, creativity and planning, your child’s space can be a functional and fun place for them to learn and play!
Tara Dalla-Nora has a B.A. in interior design and is the owner and principal designer of Inner Luxe in Toronto’s Bloor West Village.