Today, we are excited to welcome back Anne from In Residence! You may remember her delightful Moving Tips post she put together last month, of course we do! Well after a big move comes decorating and Anne is back, and sharing 5 elements that she thinks make for a good playroom. We’re talking fun and functional! Let’s check out these peppy playroom ideas!
My family recently moved into a new house, and one of the great perks of our new space is a dedicated playroom. My toddler has been loving all the room to drive around his cars and ride around his scooter, but I’ve been having just as much fun designing the room to make it a functional and fun place for a little guy to play.
Here are 5 elements I think make a great playroom:
- Plenty of storage: this is a pretty obvious place to start in a room where you’re going to have all of your toys, right? We got lucky with a great set of built-ins in this room, but I’ve also added some baskets to contain balls and other things.
- Creativity boosters: I like to foster creative play for little ones, and there are plenty of stylish ways to do this in a playroom. My toddler’s a little young for pretend play, but eventually I’m sure will love to go pretend camping in the cute teepee. We also have a little nook filled with chalkboard paint, along with a repurposed coffee table to draw chalk roads or villages on. My little one also loves coloring, so I keep a good supply of crayons around for him, plus his very own personalized notebook from Tiny Prints that he can fill with scribbles to his heart’s content.
- Comfortable floor surfaces: there’s lots of activity happening on the floor in this room, from building lego towers to wrestling with daddy, so adding some comfortable elements there was a must. We did a big, plush rug to cover most of the hardwood floor and then added some extra softness with a faux sheepskin and some custom pillows from Tiny Prints scattered around.
- Whimsical details: another thing that I think encourages play is some whimsy – but since the room is visible from my entryway, I don’t want it to look overly like a kid zone. Playrooms can be fun without being childish by incorporating vibrant colors (go a little deeper than basic primary colors), an abstract rug pattern, and classic elements made kid-friendly, like the mini metal chairs. I also love the extra whimsy that a play-related quote on our colorful personalized pillow adds.
- Room for reading: I also like to encourage some down-time from all the play with nice spots for reading, like a big pouf. Also, occasionally my toddler will go quiet for a while and get nervous about what I’m going to find, but he’s just curled up inside the teepee with a stack of books (though most recently I found him with a pile of unrolled toilet paper).
Thanks so much for sharing Anne! I think we love Hendrik’s playroom just as much as he does!