If they have their own bedroom, do they really need a playroom? This can be a question many parents may ask. The fact is that segregating these spaces can make your life much easier. Not only will the rooms be cleaner but you can get your kids to share this space for playing, reading, and maybe even studying.
Also in areas where playing outdoors all yearlong is not an option, a room dedicated may be a necessity more than a luxury. If you have a son, your decor ideas will need a lot of thought and effort. We give you some ideas that you can use to create a room of their dreams.
How to Decorate Your Son's Playroom
Even if you are choosing a contemporary theme or a theme that you know your child will outgrow, remember to evaluate how things can be reused after a few years. Ensure that the lighting is protected and childproof. Also buy furnishings that are not only easy to clean but also resistant to scratches.
Every little boy has a racer inside of him, and if your son is also a racing maniac who spends his days playing NFS and other such games, then create a playroom in this theme. Incorporate racing car stickers into your design.
Reading Area: Get a rug designed or even dyed in the checkered black and white pattern of a Formula One finish flag. Use a red bean bag for the sitting area, and use hanging lamps to illuminate the space.
Writing Area: How do you create a writing area while sticking to a race car theme? Simple, procure some tires and obtain a oval shaped plexi-glass for the table. Use the tires as your base and stick on the plexi-glass.
Toy Racks: For a toy rack, use boxes painted in different colors like red, blue, yellow and attach them to the walls. Ensure that the depths of these boxes vary. Now use nets as the covering for each box. Have a slight hole at the top of the net to allow your kids to get the toys out. Use a brightly colored ladder for boxes that are slightly out of reach.
The best way to give the room a feel of outer space is to make a full wall mural of the world beyond our planet complete with stars, satellites, asteroids. The ceiling can be painted black with glow-in-the-dark stars stuck on or even painted on. A few great accessories and the perfect furniture and you will feel like you are stepping into an alien world.
Reading Area: For the reading area of the room, use a round egg chair which is futuristic and embodies the look of outer space. For lighting, use a planet mobile which extends completely and uses planets as tiny lamps.
Writing Area: To create a writing space get your carpenter to design a mechanical desk which has buttons that can be pressed to reveal hidden recesses for books and stationery.
Toy Racks: For a space-like feeling use round containers of different depths and attach them to a wall in a zig-zag manner. Paint the wall black or a dull gray and paint the containers, silver.
With a pirate-themed playroom, there is a lot that can be done, from treasure maps as wall murals to lighthouse lamps, and even a fake talking parrot. For decorating a room in this theme, get your hands on a ship's navigating wheel, braided ropes, eye patches, and other different nautical accessories.
Telescopes used to develop the astronomer in your kid can be modified and redesigned to look like a spyglass.
Reading Area: If you are creating a reading area in the playroom, then you will need a place where your kid can comfortably sit. Use a treasure chest with storage space as your sitting area to match the theme. The storage can be used to store books or toys.
Writing Area: The space that your kid uses to sketch and draw in can have an antique table with pirate markings. You can also create a fake treasure map etched into the table for a more theme-based feel. Use barrels as the sitting space.
Toy Racks: If you can create a customized toy rack, then ask your interior designer to create a ship-shaped toy rack with the different functional areas creating storage space for the toys.
Even as an adult thinking about a Harry Potter themed room can make excited. With a small boy the enthusiasm can only be doubled to have a room decorated to tell the world who your boy wizard is.
From the colors that one associates with wizardry to the different objects that have become a symbol of witchcraft. From Quidditch to the Forbidden Forest, and even the Three Broomsticks, ask your kid to choose his favorite features of the Potter world and decorate the room accordingly.
The walls of a playroom created in such a theme can have tones of gray, white, and orange. There are many ideas that you can use to create such a playroom. Here are some of these ideas.
Reading Area: For the reading area, create a cozy corner with a big, cozy, antique armchair with gold trimmings. Accentuate the area with draping in a similar color or in the color of your son's favorite house from the series.
Use the emblem of the house as a decorative piece for the walls. Have suspended lamps in the shape of candles to give an illusion of floating candles.
Writing Area: For the writing area in such a playroom, the best thing to do would be to procure or buy an antique chest of drawers with carving. This can be the perfect addition to a Harry Potter themed room.
Toy Racks: Instead of building a toy rack, buy cauldrons in different sizes and place them along one of the walls. Let your son put his toys and books into these cauldrons and dig into them when he wants.
There are many other themes that you can choose from to decorate a boy's playroom. Some of the most popular themes are given in the list below.
- Knights and Castles
- Outer Space
- The Underwater
- Arabian Nights
- Ice Age
Remember to not limit your creativity. It is also important that you pay attention to what your son wants. Ultimately he will be using the room and if he does not love every inch of the room, it is going to be a difficult task redoing the room, all over again. Take his inputs and if you cannot use them, explain to him why.
Creating a room that is colorful, cozy, and spacious is important. Playrooms are those spaces that will create indelible memories in your child's mind. Make sure that these memories are happy ones.