The Anatomy of a Multi-tasking Playroom

I was talking with my friend the other day about her current playroom situation and her desire to have a playroom that worked for both her older kids and her toddler, and I’ve been thinking about playrooms ever since.  Playrooms are incredibly helpful, but need constant care and updating as the kids age and interests and abilities change.  So, this week (back to my April theme of talking about transition spaces) I want to talk about playrooms, specifically creating playrooms that will work hard and can be easily updated over the years.

I love this particular playroom I chose for the Room of the Week designed by one of my favorite architecture firms, CWB Architects, because I can imagine it working for almost any age, and eventually even transitioning into a space that adults might enjoy.

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The quickest way to keep a built-in with lots of cupboards and shelves from looking disheveled is to keep all the cubbies and cupboards the same shape.  In this case, a rectangle.  It’s easy on the eye and makes everything on the shelves look a little more organized.

LAYERS
If you want your playroom to easily transition over the years only add kid-specific decor in changeable layers like accessories (toys, art, rugs) and lighting.

EMPHASIS
Paint is always a good idea when you’re looking for big impact with a small amount of time and money involved.

COLOR
Rather than re-paint expensive custom cabinetry in a few years, these designers were very smart to pick colors that would appeal to any age or gender.  Pick your favorite color for the playroom, rather than your child’s, to make your design last a little longer.

SCALE
I love the varied heights of the table and built-in desk in this room….they allow for different ages to enjoy the room. Younger children love to sit at tables that are just their sizes, while older kids can take advantage of the desk for homework or art projects.

I’ve just scratched the surface of this room…can’t wait to talk about all the little details this week, and hopefully inspire your own design projects.

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  1. Pingback: Favorites Week: CWB Architects | The Anatomy of Design

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