6 Steps to Designing a Playroom to Grow with Your Kiddos
March 28, 2016
Kids BedroomInterior Designkids
Ask any mom. Having a dedicated play space for the kiddos is basically like hitting the house lottery. Even if it's a tiny closet off the kitchen that you magically transform into a glorified playpen. Containment is everything. So when Nashville based interior designer, Kendall Simmons, offered to share her tips for creating a space that actually grows WITH your children, we were all ears. More kid spaces right here!
From Kendall Simmons, interior designer...

I designed this playroom for the Massa family - Emory (age 2) and Quinn (age 9 months). Their parents approached me with a request to transform a large unfinished attic space into a functional playroom for their two small kiddos. At the time it was being used for storage, but we put it to much better use! My goal was to create a room with lots of natural light, bright color, and durable finishes for the kids to grow into and enjoy for years to come.

CREATE ZONES


We decided to create four different zones to meet the needs of their family:
1) Open play space
2) Overflow sleeping space
3) Desk area for homework and arts and crafts
4) Storage to help eliminate toy clutter from other rooms in the house

ADD STORAGE


The custom designed built-in elements throughout the room go a long way to maximize storage and functionality, and keep as much open floor space for running and playing as possible! These custom built-ins include double bunks, book ledges, window seat, storage cabinets and double desk. They are all painted in the same white paint color as the walls (Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17) in order to make the room feel as large as possible.

KEEP WALLS SIMPLE (to show off artwork!)


The white walls provide the perfect backdrop for lots and lots of fun pops of color! Examples of this include the custom chartreuse Roman shades, the bold striped bedding, piles of multi-color pillows, and a collection of vintage globes. I chose a rainbow of different accent colors in order the keep the room as gender neutral as possible. A simple wall mounted art line, and a custom pin board over the desk create spaces where the kids can display art and photos that are important to them, without creating clutter or messiness.

EASY HIDE/CLEAN FLOORS


The grey carpet is intentionally dark, with a small pattern, in order to help mask any future stains that are bound to happen in a high traffic kid zone! The carpet is a synthetic fiber for easy cleaning, and it's extra plush so that it's comfortable to crawl on!

SOURCE, SCOUT, BUY.


The artwork and accessories are a great mix of new and vintage pieces. The collection of globes, brass giraffes, map, game board and Crayola print are all vintage items sourced from Nashville antique stores.
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PLAN FOR THE FUTURE


I designed each area of the room keeping in mind that Emory and Quinn won't be little forever. We located electrical and cable outlets in the wall so that a TV can be added later. The floor space is large enough that a sofa and chairs can eventually replace the toys to make a teenager hang out room.

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Vendor Credits
HW
Cities Toile Wallpaper
Hygge And West
Desk Chairs
Ikea
Yellow Magazine Holders
Target
Green Aligator
Target
Pink Flamingo
Target
Rhino Wall Decor
Target
Be Awesome Today Pillow
Target
Happy Place Pillow
Target
Zebra Wall Decor
Target
Leather Moroccan Poufs
Wayfair