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  • Writer's pictureKirstin Adolfson

Interior Design: Playroom Edition

Do you need a designated space in the house for your kids to play but you have no clue where to start? There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to putting together the perfect playroom, such as easy storage, an appealing look, and something that will last as your kids grow older. Today, I’ve got some tips to keep in mind before designing the perfect playroom that you and your kids will love.

Start out with a plan:

Planning a playroom for your little ones can be a tricky task. You want it to last throughout their childhood, but that can be hard as they grow up so fast and grasp new interests and hobbies as fast as the seasons change. Starting with a plan is definitely an essential step to designing the perfect playroom for years of enjoyment. Write down what you would like to see visually and how it will coordinate with your kid’s interests. Do you want something that will flow with the rest of your home? How big do you want the space to be? Where can you place organizers that won’t get in the way of fun but keep an organized clean look? Do you want there to be learning centers such as a reading nook or table to practice school work? These are all important questions to keep in mind before you get started.

Planning a playroom involves planning around space in your home too. Make sure you have weighed out all of the factors in choosing the right place for your kid to play and have fun. For example, do you want the playroom to be private or in your vision. If you work from home, it might be more ideal to create a space for your kid that is far enough from your work space but close enough to keep watch depending on your child’s age. Does mess bother you? If so, you might want to avoid designing your kid’s playroom in the living room or movie room. Instead you could have a separate room for their playroom, their bedroom or a smaller room in your house that is clear of the spaces that you prefer to be more tidy.

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Plenty of storage:

When designing a playroom, it is ideal to have plenty of storage space. This can encourage your kid to clean up after their mess and keep a tidy room for when guests are over. It can also help organize belongings so nothing gets lost or damaged. There are some great storage units that you can buy in store or you can DIY your own. However you choose to do it, definitely make sure not to overlook this part!

There are plenty of creative storage units out there that are designed with a kid’s vision in mind, but a lot of these options can easily get outgrown. For example a bright pink or blue storage unit may seem fun at your child’s age right now, but will that still be the case in a couple years from now? Sticking to a more neutral tone for bigger staple items can last throughout their play years and even into their older years. Storage is always necessary no matter what age in life we are.

Of course there are other ways to spice up a plain storage unit depending on the age. You can place decorations on top to align with their current interests, you can add removable labels to stay organized as their toys change and you can add removable stickers if they are into a certain character or or pattern that they might eventually grow out of.

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Neutral with accents:

While we are talking about keeping bigger staple items neutral, the same should apply for the walls and bigger furniture. Unless you want to buy multiple different area rugs, paint colors or chairs it is best to stay neutral with these as well. Of course, there are ways that you can make these features fun too!

For example, if you have a designated reading corner in the playroom, instead of buying that Spiderman chair that looks so fitting at the time, try getting a comfy chair that will last years and placing a Spiderman pillow or blanket on it to get the same point across. If your kid loves the color purple, instead of painting all of the walls purple, make it an accent wall so it is easier to repaint later on, or add removable stickers to add detail that you can easily take down as his or her interests change, or hang some purple paintings to incorporate his or her favorite color without it being too overwhelming.

Hopefully these tips got you off to a great start. If you are interested in professional help to design the perfect room in your home, contact me today! Call Adolfson Interior Design at (651) 468-6208 or email

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