By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO.
No space is too small when it comes to designing a special area for your child to learn and explore. A smartly positioned partition or second-floor landing space can be all it takes to give a child a feeling of independence and freedom. Once you’ve decided on the perfect spot for your playroom, consider some of JP&CO’s handy ideas for a more child-friendly, useful, and happier room.
Don’t Waste Wall Space
It’s time to think beyond frames and mirrors, folks! Encourage the right kind of wall scribbling by transforming a wall into a reusable canvas by mounting a whiteboard or even painting on a blackboard. We selected the three-part creative board in the room pictured below for an easy-to-reach and reusable place for drawing, reading, spelling, and displaying art. And when it comes to wall art, whether it’s a toy, mask, hat, or a beloved trinket, 3D art can be a great way to create surprise and add visual dimension.
Fun at Floor Level
The easier it is for your child to access and put away their toys, the more their playroom will encourage independence and cleanup. Try and offer as much storage as possible at kid level and designate obvious spaces for toys and craft supplies by labeling storage boxes, drawers, and bins. To avoid kid stuff overload, consider rotating the toys your child uses or donating unused/damaged items. For more ideas for organizing tea, read my 10 Essential Toy-Control Tips.
Create Color Cues
The color of the room around us has long been known to influence our physical and emotional state. Restaurants, stores, and hospitals design their spaces using colors that trigger specific feelings. Why not use the power of colors to encourage a specific mood in your playroom? Red, orange, and yellow are known to increase energy and stimulate the brain. Both orange and yellow are great options for creating an uplifting space. If it’s calmness and relaxation you’re after, opt for green, blue, and purple. For a homey, safe feeling space, choose brown.
Divide Space into Activity Zones
Not only do zones mimic the layout of many preschool and elementary school classrooms, but they also help to keep your playroom functional and maximize space use. Divide the room according to the favorite activities of your children to create the feeling of variety and privacy within a single room. Common sections include a large open space for building or playing, a quiet nook for reading and resting, a crafts table, and a study area.
A Note on Safety
Remember to consider possible safety hazards such as corded blinds, sharp corners and edges, uncovered outlets, tall and unmounted furniture such as bookcases that can topple, slippery floors, and a lack of carbon monoxide/fire detectors.
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Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.