Since playrooms take a lot of abuse, choose finishes and furnishings that can be wiped down and easily maintained. Designer Melanie Grant of Poss Interior Design suggests chalkboard paint as a way to allow kids to be creative and messy, but at the end of the day can be easily cleaned up. She also loves to use indoor/outdoor fabrics because they feature great patterns and vibrant colors without sacrificing necessary durability. Photo by Patrick Sudmeier
Create an environment that sparks imagination and creativity, says designer Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors. All children are different, so figure out what excites your kids the most. For this playroom, Carroll creates a stage and dress-up area for a budding entertainer.
Designers Julie Frank and Alessia Corpino of My Tiny Nest add as much color as possible to playrooms to create an energized space. Function is also an important part to playroom design. "Children need to be able to play, create and socialize in a space that's organized and efficiently laid out, and at the end of the day, order can be restored," say the designers.
Playrooms need to be safe. Designer Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors says, "Furniture should be easy to access for the children. The chairs and tables should be their size, so they don’t have to climb into an adult chair or stand on their tiptoes to reach the table." Also, make sure any larger furniture pieces and TVs are securely bolted to the wall.
This playroom incorporates crafty kids' projects into the design. From cardboard sculptures to funky finger paintings, the vibe is creative and fun. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
In a playroom, furniture and accessories can serve double duty, says designer Melanie Grant of Poss Interior Design. Brightly colored baskets keep things organized and toys double as decorative accessories, all while looking great on open shelves that make them easily accessible at the same time. A coffee table might double as an art table as well as provide additional storage. Photo by Patrick Sudmeier
Playing With Everyone
Playrooms are a space for playing alone, with friends and with Mom and Dad, so the space and furniture need to work for all play types, say designers Julie Frank and Alessia Corpino of My Tiny Nest. Large, flat pillows are moveable and fun seats, while a cozy couch is a more comfortable seat for adults. Bright, colorful shelves provide open storage that's easy for kids to use.
Every child needs a little reading nook to explore favorite and new books. Designers Jennifer O'Dowd and Joanna Gick of J&J Design Group use a trio of shallow shelves to store and display books in this kids' room. A wooden stool brings an organic element to the contemporary space and makes for a fun place to sit. Photography by John Woodcock
Designer Leire Sol Garcia de Asch creates a whimsical forest mural as the focal point of this kids' playroom. Not only does the space feature smart storage and contemporary tables and chairs for arts and crafts, but it goes beyond the typical playroom with a slide and swinging seat.
Designer Jennifer Duneier's top three must-haves for a playroom: durable fabrics, a soft rug for the kids to play on and an area designated for arts and crafts. Design by Duneier Design