What to consider when designing your first playroom

From paint samples to flooring, designing a playroom is no easy task. With influencers, interior designers and a minefield of Pinterest aesthetics, the choices of bold and brave or subtle and natural (with every varying colour palette in between) can be a mammoth task to begin. A playroom doesn’t have to be a dedicated room, although it is a great option for a spare room, but is a space that can move and evolve as our children grow. With this in mind, we can relax our perfectionist ways. As they grow, we have the opportunity to change these spaces and develop more sophisticated skills with the paint brush!

Considering a change in your home for a playroom space can signify a big change. It could be your child entering a new age and moving from their crib into a new bed. This is a time to be celebrated but is also a time that parents find hard. The time always seems to have gone too fast and this transition is often the hardest of them all. Your baby may be growing up but you have so many exciting development stages to watch and exciting things to come. 

As your mind settles that although things are changing, this is all positive, planning your design will become an exciting task. Here are our top 10 tips for designing your first playroom:

  • Follow your child’s habits

  • A great starting point is considering where your child's habits currently lie when you think about ‘play’. Depending on their age will depend on where their development will be, whether they play solidaritarly, are onlooking and watching others behaviours, playing near others parrallerlay, or if they’re starting to try and interact with others. Throughout these various stages you'll notice tendencies and favouritism to certain activities and toys which will give you the perfect insight into what they might enjoy in the future. With this consideration, you’ll be able to start putting together a list of the top things you want to include in this space. 


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    Think about the levels of items 

    There will be toys and items that will need to be kept high up for supervised play time, but consider what items you want them to have access to frequently. Setting up a reading nook with access to their favourite books and a comfy place to sit is another way to encourage some more independence. 


    The importance of colour

    Colour can have different impacts on different children. Some children are exceptionally sensitive to colour but what we choose for spaces they spend time in can have an effect on their mood. Fiery reds can make a room feel energetic whilst studies have shown that the colour yellow can help increase levels of concentration improving their learning time. 


    Include textures for sensory play 

    Texture is great for adding depth to any room, but it’s especially important for children’s spaces. By using textures in the design of this new playroom you're enlightening your little one with a variety of things to awaken their senses and encouraging them to explore with touch. It also adds another element that will elevate your design to what you’ve been dreaming of!


    Make it easy for you

    As much as we would love for everyone to pick up after themselves, inevitably it will be us that has to tidy and clean this new space. Thinking about this during your design process will help in the long run so you don’t have to spend hours moving things to clean. 



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    Pick larger items that stimulate the imagination

    Having feature items in the room can turn even the most derelict of spaces into a kingdom of dreams. The power of a developing imagination to come up with the most incredible ideas can be inspired by objects they can get involved with. 


    Installing storage

    No matter how frequently you want to change this space, as your child grows, you’ll accumulate many items. Thinking about installing storage as the first part of the playroom is a great option as it’s unlikely that this will change even if everything else does.


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    Don’t forget about you! 

    You’ll want to get in on the activities too. Although miniature furniture is truly some of the most adorable things that exist, it’s not ideal for your comfort. On days that you want to be involved in tea parties, storytelling and all the other little activities going on you’ll want to be able to stay as long as possible without causing yourself discomfort.  


    Consider your lighting choices

    Lighting can make a huge difference to any space. You might have a main light that is daylight balanced, but adding something with a warm tone like tungsten bulbs or fairy lights can change the feel of the room depending on what activity is taking place. 



    Find your inspo  

    Did you know that we've just been shortlisted for Best Children’s Interior Design at the Junior Design Awards?

    If you’re looking for the inspiration to get started or give your playroom a new look then follow our Instagram @wigiwama_uk to see some of our favourite pairings and top tips for designing children’s spaces. 

    As you begin to piece together the perfect design for your new playroom things will easily begin to fall into place. You might not have an immediate colour scheme or an adventurous desire to hang things from the ceiling, because you know what suits your home and lifestyle, but crucially, you know what’s best for your child.