The early stages of a child’s growth are a time of exploration and learning. So, creating a stimulating nursery or playroom space at home will not only ensure their development, but also give them treasured memories for years to come.
When it comes to decor ideas, you’ve probably noticed the rise of the ‘every-kid playroom’, as the the strict pink-or-blue schemes of yesteryear have given way to a taste for more gender-neutral themes.
So before you get lost in the nursery decor melting pot of sparkles, stars and stickers, check out our six unisex ideas you can use in a little one’s room to make it an exciting and inspiring place to play for any child.
1. Create a play den
Kids tipi tent, £159, Beaumonde
Remember when you used to make forts from sofa cushions and bedsheets? Well, you can save your own home furnishings from tiny terrors by creating a dedicated space for play time with a fabric tipi. This tent is sure to ignite your child’s imagination and provide them with hours of fun!
2. Fill the room with fun-size furniture
Vox Tuli kids’ stackable stool in Green and Yellow, £65, Cuckooland
Kids are full of energy, but they need some downtime, too. Make a creative corner with a desk and stool set so your youngster can read, draw and do their homework. The best bit about this pint-size furniture from Cuckooland is that its stackable, so you can easily store it away if it’s in a compact space.
3. Make it memorable
What Time Is It Mr Wolf? A3 print, £12, Bobby Rabbit
Give your child a room to remember by making it personal to them with wall art. Hang up a quote from their favourite fairytale or create a gallery wall of playful, patterned prints in bright colours.
4. Bring in storage solutions
Giraffe bookcase, £339, Beaumonde
Ok, so this one is more for adults than kids, but teaching your children to tidy up after themselves is an important lesson which will – hopefully – encourage them to keep their rooms organised when they’re in their teens! To make tidying up a little more interesting, you can bring an element of fun to the storage solution by ensuring it fits with the theme of the space. For example, this giraffe-shaped bookcase is ideal for animal-loving kids.
5. Think in themes
Dorma Kubu laundry basket, £55; Mission honey storage bed, £239; Safari single bedding set, £14; Lion plush, £10; Amelia butterscotch throw, £18; Round knitted baskets, £25 for a set of two; Dorma Kubu basket, from £12; Sheepskin rug, from £35, all Dunelm
Inject some of your child’s personality into their playroom by following a theme. For instance, if they love wildlife safari vibes will be right up their street! Or maybe space exploration is more their style – work that into your theme instead. You can easily bring your chosen theme into the room with a collection of soft furnishings, wall art and co-ordinating colours.
6. Light up the space
Woodland battery children’s fairy lights, £9.99, Lights4fun
When creating a playroom, it’s more than just colour and style which factor into the design – lighting is important too. For children, fairy lights are a great way to bring a cosy atmosphere to the space and the soft glow they emit will ease little ones into a sense of calm before bedtime.