Sometimes children need more space than their bedroom provides to allow play, and a separate playroom is sometimes needed as a vital element in a child’s development. Having a space that is dedicated to their sole use will encourage them to look after it. From an adult’s point of view it stops the rest of the home looking like a dumping ground for toys.
Most very young children like brash, bright colours, so often playrooms get decorated in blues, reds, greens and yellows, which can be a bit garish to adult eyes. To tone the visuals down a little bit, turn one entire wall into a huge chalkboard with special chalk paint, which comes in a range of colours. The children will love having a wall they are allowed to draw on.
There are some common themes that all children love; dinosaurs, fairy-tale princesses, pirate ships and farms, and the walls are great places to play these themes out. If a parent has a talent for art, he or she could consider painting a mural on the walls, or opt for stick on figures. Dinosaurs could roam a swamp landscape or characters from Disney could populate a castle scene.
Classic children’s literature provides some great characters as well, such as Alice in Wonderland or Beatrix Potter with Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinkle. Add unique features by writing well-known quotes from the books on the walls, such as “Curiouser and curiouser” from Alice, and “Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits,” from Beatrix Potter.
Consider the ceiling and floor as extra walls; paper the ceiling with a sky or star scene for playrooms with a Nature theme, or lay carpet that features a motor racing track to play on or that resembles the sea for a nautical themed room.
A playroom will need some basic furniture. This will include a table and chairs for the children to sit at, for both eating and playing; a media unit or centre for the television and DVD players that children cannot seem to do without these days, which also help to tidy away cables and other hazards; some soft seating, such as beanbags, and of course, storage. Install bookshelves or shelving to take not only books, but also small storage boxes for all the little things, such as colouring pens and pencils, DVDs, and small toys. Use larger boxes or fitted cupboards for larger toys and games.
It is also a good idea to have some furniture suitable for adults, so that they can spend some time in the playroom with their kids. This is also a good way of allowing a playroom to grow with the children. A sofa bed, for example, not only provides sensible seating for adults, but also can be pulled out and used for sleepovers and pyjama parties.
As the children grow up, the room’s decoration will need to change. The murals will go, the colours will be toned down, and the multitude of games and toys will become obsolete. Instead, children may want pinball games, table football, or just as likely, a desk with a computer and games station.
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