Kids love to play, and they’re filled with boundless energy. It’s no wonder their rooms are always a mess! Scattered all around are toys, colorful artworks, and cardboard boxes-turned-houses. Treasure these moments, and let your child unleash his personality and creativity in his space. Bring in the vibrancy! Don’t fret just yet about the potential destruction. Here are tips from the book Lovable Livable Home by Sherry and John Petersik, who give good advice on how to make sure things stay pretty and (relatively) tidy without compromising on fun.
1. Choose color wisely. Play spaces are great for experimenting with colors. But, the Petersiks share this tip when you’re leaning towards loud colors: “Colors that look ‘bright’ on paint swatches can be super neon on the wall, so one of our favorite tips is to choose a swatch with a slightly gray, muter undertone, which should still look plenty vibrant on the wall.”
Though it may seem dull at first, the Petersiks also say that white or neutral walls also work great for a child’s playroom (like the photos above). “They allow you the most flexibility for bring items like colorful rugs, furnishings, window treatments, art, and even a softly toned ceiling.”
2. Think about flooring. Considering your little one is going to do a lot of running, jumping and general roughhousing in her room, you might want to think about floor covering that can soften the blow of falls. Here are some options to consider:
Jute or sisal rugs (shown on the left) – made from natural fibers, these rugs come in neutral colors and casual textures. They’re wipeable, too, making cleanup easy. The downside is that these can have a scratchy feel to them. Best to buy in person so you can test the texture.
Foam tiles (shown on the right) – foam tiles are unbeatable when it comes to convenience. The mat puzzles that come in rainbow colors and adorned with cut-out letters and numbers can be easily found and purchased in most children’s stores. They’re easy to assemble and store too.
Tufted wool rug (shown on the left) – thick and soft, the kids will love to roll around and lie on these; not for messy eaters and dirty shoes though. “Wool rugs with an especially high pile can create a haven for crumbs and dirt to hide, and wool can get pretty pricey.”
Flat weave rug (shown on the right) – thin and usually made of wool or cotton, these rugs are a cheaper option compared to tufted rugs. But because they’re lightweight and thin, they don’t do much in terms of cushioning and do need anchoring down to keep in place. scratchy feel to them. Best to buy in person so you can test the texture.
3. Liven up the study area
One super simple and easy way to make the study area less boring is to put up a huge, colorful map. Take a map of the world or the Philippines, and hang it up near the desk. Not only will it make as an interesting piece but a great reference tool too.
The key to a tidy room is adequate storage. And, storage pieces don't have to bought from the kids' section. What matters is that they do their job. “As long as it has drawers, shelves or doors, it can become toy storage in whatever room needs it,” wrote the Petersiks.
Consider storage when purchasing any type of furniture from study desks, beds and even coffee tables. “When buying a media cabinet or coffee table, choose something with concealed storage; there are lots of options with lower drawers or even hidden compartments on top to wrangle video games and wireless remotes.”
Sometimes, you can even DIY storage pieces. Check out the picture above on the left by Shades of Blue Interiors. An old kitchen cabinet was transformed into a desk!
5. Make use of the ceiling.
Got a low ceiling? Instead of trying to deflect attention from it, utilize it to draw the eye up and make the space feel taller, shares the Petersiks. “You can simply paint the ceiling an accent color (try a lighter shade than the walls, for instance) or even apply a subtle pattern via wallpaper or stencil.” Kristen F. Davis Designs teaches you how you can do the golden-starred ceilings in the photos above.
Find Sherry & John Petersik's Lovable Livable Home in National Book Store branches for P1,325