By Elizabeth Damrich | Interior Designer & mom of 2
Playrooms do not need to mean clutter and mess. Below you will read 7 tips on how you can create a more soothing playroom space, even while the inevitable chaos will ensue (toddlers, anyone?!)
7 tips from an interior designer:
1. Extend your aesthetic, but add a dose of whimsy.
I usually see a play room as an extension of the aesthetic of your home but a very fun opportunity to throw a dose of whimsy into the mix. I like to make sure the bones, lighting and drapery are well done. This way, if all the toys are removed, it can stand on its own as a different space which gives you a lot of flexibility for the future.
2. Choose a soft color and layer it with other tones of that same color to create a palette for the room.
For paint, I like to choose a soft color and layer it with other tones of that same color to create a palette for the room. This leaves visual room for the inevitable chaos that will ensue but helps you to feel like the room is put together. I've also always had a dream of tenting a playroom with fabric so that it feels totally enveloping and fun -- I hope to do it one day!
3. Create magical hideaway spaces.
Create a magical hideaway space with a play tent. This is always a great place to read, have independent play or also tuck away certain toys within the tent. I usually put toys with a lot of pieces in here so they won't be lost in the larger space.
4. Use baskets that have tops on them so you can truly hide away the chaos when you need to.
5. Be creative with various shapes and silhouettes that can float in the center of the room.
For furniture layouts, be creative with various shapes and silhouettes that can float in the center of the room. I often see playrooms with everything positioned against the wall. There should be floating elements that make it feel more interactive and like a true room instead of just a lot of storage.
6. Create independence with their own table and chairs.
For something extra special, make it feel "grown up" with a plastic vase and faux flowers.
7. Create separate "play pockets" around your house in your favorite rooms.
This means having a select few toys in the chest in the living room, a play table in a library or office for reading/coloring, a set of blocks in your bedroom, etc.