Six clever ideas to create a unisex playroom

Play with spirited styles to make a gender-neutral childhood space your little one will cherish

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Hello Prints wall art, £35, Nat Maks

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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Cloud and moon children’s light, £12.99; Cloud silhouette battery night light, £19.99; Osby star window light bundle, £23, all Lights4fun
Cloud and moon children’s light, £12.99; Cloud silhouette battery night light, £19.99; Osby star window light bundle, £23, all Lights4fun
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