Playroom Tip #1. Use Gender-Neutral Furniture
Here’s the reality check: While bright pinks, blues, greens, and yellows are fun and exciting… children grow out of things very quickly. They’ll be out of gendered colors before you know it (who says blue is for boys and pink is for girls anyway?), and although lime green may be their favorite color this week, it doesn’t mean that has to be the sofa color. In general, soft, neutral hues are the best for the kids room. It allows the room to organically grow with your kids as they transition from toddler to child to teen.
What furniture should every playroom have? A comfy sofa or lounge chair is a must as it’s a great place to sit and read a book together…or you might just need a place to sit and take a breather while your kids play! Rugs, storage, and tables are also great additions (more details the following tips!). Remember to select furniture with fabrics and finishes that are resistant to spills and stains. Leather is our go-to choice. (The tips in our article about pet-friendly furniture also apply to designing with kids in mind).
Playroom Tip #2. Temporary Color and Pattern
While we suggest neutral furniture and paint colors, that doesn’t mean that we discourage fun colors and pattern! The key is to keep colors in accent and decorative pieces (or in this case, maybe in the toys!). One of our go-to tips for transitional spaces like a playroom is to use temporary wallpaper. This way you can choose your favorite colors and patterns, and you can change it as time progresses and your kids grow up (without having to do a total redesign!).
Playroom Tip #3. Chic Organization
The most important tip for keeping a beautiful playroom is to choose storage options that are elegant and sophisticated. We have a beautiful selection over at KKH, and with these pieces, you can have all of the toys and supplies you need, but there’s never a mess for playdates or for when guests come over. These pieces can be used to store toys now and games and blankets and even clothes as your kids grow. Some even come with attachments that act as changing tables for younger kids. And if you’re looking for extra storage space, try a storage ottoman or bench as a double-duty option.
4. Open Space + A Lush Rug
We encourage for the playroom to be kept open and to let your little ones use their imagination to fill the space by moving toys around or building a pillow fort. Having an open space also prevents accidents with sharp corners! One great way to encourage an open space to play on is by including a rug that is super soft underfoot. My daughter Maya has this oversized fur rug in her playroom that she just loves to roll around on!
Playroom Tip #5. A Creative Play Station
Shop our kids tables and chairs to create a location in the playroom for specific activities, like arts and crafts or a midday snack. Creating stations for specific activities keep toys and other supplies neat and keep messes to a minimum. If that isn’t enough of an argument, just look at these adorable play chairs with animal ears!