The moment you hold a child in your arms for the first time, your life completely changes. Everything in your house becomes catered to your child. Things need to change. The interior decor that you previously set up will need to be modified. This only gets further complicated as your baby emerges into a toddler. The integration of new spaces dedicated for your kids can throw off the design ideas you had in your head. This post is aimed to give you an idea of how you can integrate play spaces with your kids without sacrificing the design aesthetic you always wanted. So without further adieu, here are “5 Playroom Tips for Your Home”.
Dedicated Play Spaces
Dedicated play spaces are one of the most common ways to designate an area in your home to be different from the rest. You don’t have to worry that this area doesn’t have an amazing mood or quality to it like the rest of your house. In this space, you can get colorful and messy. There are many ideas that you can do for a play space. Here are some common ones:
● Dress-up area where you have costumes hung on the wall so your kids can become their favorite superheroes, princesses, etc.
● Cute, colorful desk area with some art supplies and books for your kids to explore their creative juices
● Dedicated Lego or loose parts toy area where your kids can get to building
● Mini-art studio with colored pencils, pipe cleaners, colored paper, markers and other supplies for your kids to learn some artistic abilities
● Cozy playroom in a large closet space. Perfect for fort-building.
● Mini-Hallway Theater in an upstairs landing space
● Loft play area in an attic or loft above a room
Area rugs are hugely important in making a good playroom. As your kids develop, your home will as well. If you don’t want to put in kid-friendly carpet in an area that features wood, you can consider getting a large, soft area rug. This rug can be used in a dedicated play space or it can be used to integrate a play area in a corner of the living room, office or kitchen. This will give you the ability to watch your kids while getting work done. In addition to this, you can swap out area rugs as your kids’ tastes change. Maybe they are into baseball? No problem. In a year, however, this might change. The ability to swap out a rug is very convenient.
Even if you have a dedicated play area, things are going to get really messy really fast. For this reason, you need storage spaces. The biggest thing to know with storage spaces is that you are going to need the right mix between open storage and closed storage. Open storage cubbies can let your kids easily access their favorite toys, and maybe even create a cool display for your playroom. Closed storage keeps the unused and unnecessary toys out of sight and out of mind until your child needs another toy.
Non-Destructive Wall Decor
As your child grows, you don’t want to keep repainting your walls and performing major changes. You want to be able to keep up with your child in a different way. For this reason, you want non-destructive wall decor. This would include things like non-destructive decals that you can put on your wall and peel off when its use is served. Other things would include wall lettering, colorful wallpaper and wall chalkboards. Going back to the baseball example, you could put up decorative letters that say “Play Ball!” in the playroom with a chalkboard wall and some stylized wallpaper. With this, you are well on your way to a perfect play area. In addition to the playroom, non-destructive wall decor is one of the best ways to designate a “playroom corner” in your living room, office, etc. This will visually separate the rest of the room from the play area so you can have a gorgeous interior with a gorgeous play area.
Keep Your House Clutter-Free
One of the biggest problems your interior decor will face when you have kids is clutter. Sporadic toys, messes, and food can and will get everywhere. Storage definitely helps with this but are there other options? The answer is yes. Here are some hacks that will keep your house spotless:
● Baskets by the up and downstairs areas. You are going to want to keep a basket by these areas and collect things that need to go up or downstairs. Then, at the end of the day, you can grab the basket from downstairs and take all of the things that need to go upstairs. This will save you from going up and down the stairs a million times during the day.
● Trash cans by the play areas.
● Magnetically painted walls: This is so you can put drawings and paintings from your kids on the walls and off the floors.
● Felt Walls: Having a felt wall with cut-off pieces will definitely save you some clutter.
● Cycling your kids’ toys. Goodwill and other thrift stores are in desperate need of toys. If your kids aren’t playing with some toys, you might want to cycle through them so you don’t have unneeded toys creating unnecessary clutter.
In conclusion, we want the best of both worlds. We have a duty as parents to our children but we also want a very pleasing home decor. You don’t have to sacrifice. You can have both. By having dedicated play spaces, or being smart with integrated play/living area combos, etc. your house can be as beautiful as you imagined. As your house goes through changes, you are going to want to stay up to date. Area rugs, non-destructive wall decor and storage will keep your kids happy as well as you.