June 29, 2020

How to Control the Chaos

Create an Elevated and Functional Playroom

It’s natural to want every single room in your home to be picture perfect, but when you have kids, it can be a challenge to keep things clean and orderly. Providing your children with a dedicated playroom or play area is a wonderful way to keep toys from invading every other space in your home. Read on for our top tips to help keep your playroom design elevated and functional!

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Marie Flanigan Interiors

Choose Durable Beauty

As you begin designing your playroom, it’s important to factor in durability from the get-go. You don’t want your children to feel inhibited by the chosen finishes, so consider incorporating performance fabrics and paint that is easily cleaned. If a rogue Crayon or marker would inflict permanent damage to a furnishing or finish, it’s probably best to go with a different option.

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Marie Flanigan Interiors

However, there’s no reason your playroom can’t be just as stylish and elevated as the rest of your home! Dark cabinetry, plush seating, and miniature furniture in playful shapes are just a few options that will keep your playroom from detracting from the overall design prowess of your home.

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Incorporate Storage

When you have little ones, an overflow of toys is an inevitable part of life. To help motivate your kids to keep their playroom tidy, incorporate ample, easy-to-reach storage. Cabinets with interior shelves at the ground level are an ideal place to store toys, but open shelving can be just as functional and stylish if organized accordingly. Baskets, wicker bins, and cloth buckets are all easy to use and easy on the eyes. Before you purchase baskets or bins, measure your shelf space to ensure optimal sizing. When mapping out your organizational strategy, group similar toys together, and keep favorites on the lower shelves for quick access.

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Adding a window seat with interior storage is one of our favorite multi-functional playroom design features. It can be used for toy and book storage now, and as a prime reading and lounging spot as your children age.

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Embrace Flexibility

Play spaces evolve as the interests and activities of our kids grow and change, so embrace a flexible layout. Set a functional foundation with one major “permanent” piece of furniture to anchor the room, like a sectional or a sleeper sofa, then, swap out the secondary pieces like art tables and accent chairs over time.

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Keep It Playful

When designing your playroom, don’t lose sight of the fact that it should be a joyful haven for your children! Consider incorporating bright colors and patterns where appropriate. A statement mural or a saturated paint hue can lend whimsy and youthfulness.

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Marie Flanigan Interiors

If you’re early in the design phase, it’s not too late to add special details like a built-in dress-up closet or a miniature hidden room that will keep your children endlessly entertained.

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Hang a magnetic or pushpin board to display the latest masterpieces from your little artists. It’s so rewarding to see kids beam with pride when they hang up their creations for the whole family to enjoy.

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Ready to amp up your playroom? Shop some of our favorite organizational items, accent pieces, and chic toys below and leave your questions in the comments!

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