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Creating a playroom that maximises fun and hides mess

Kids’ playrooms are a popular feature in new houses, as parents see the benefit of having a dedicated space for their children’s toys and games, minimising the spread of clutter throughout the home.

When designing a kids’ playroom, there are a number of factors to consider, including age, adaptability, safety and flow.

Weststyle Interior Designer Courtney Doyle said flexibility was key when it came to the design of a playroom.

“It is important to note that as children grow, so do their needs, as well as the parents’ needs,” she said. “I would recommend treating a kids’ playroom as an adaptable space that can update and change over time as the needs of the family change.

“Focus on designing these spaces with intention and flexibility.”

For younger children, Ms Doyle suggested a quiet-time zone with a soft cushioned reading corner adjacent to a built-in bookshelf and a window for some natural light.

“You may also wish to include a play zone with a washable floor mat, a small table and chairs for the messier activities like arts and crafts,” she said.

“Cabinetry with accessible storage options for books, games, puzzles and crafts is essential.

“It should be designed with easy access for little ones and, most importantly, securely connected to the wall for safety.”

As for the older kids, Ms Doyle suggested an built-in kitchenette for when they entertain friends.

“It is always useful for older children, so they don’t interrupt main living spaces in the home where adults congregate whilst entertaining,” she said.

“They may also enjoy fold-out lounges, bean bags and floor cushions with a wall-mounted television for entertainment.”

Ms Doyle said it was important to ensure the playroom flowed with the rest of the house.

“From an architectural and interior design perspective, it is still important for these spaces to read as part of the entire home – an extension of the spaces around it,” she said.

“I would recommend maintaining design and style ideas throughout the entire home, so the same story is told as you journey through it.

“As the doors to playrooms are usually closed to keep the noise in, lots of natural light and good ventilation are important.”

CONTACT Weststyle, 9345 1565, www.weststyle.com.au

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