Your little one’s room is their sanctuary: a place that is just theirs, where they can be themselves far away from the expectations and boundaries of the outside world. Help them to create a harmonious space where they can freely play, learn, rest and recharge – where only their creativity defines the limits.
1. INVEST IN PIECES THAT THEY CAN GROW WITH
It’s a known fact that kids grow up way too fast, so consider investing in pieces that your little one can enjoy for several years to come. Pieces like the Toro Play Kitchen and our family of Funkis Houses are built to last. Made from neutral, long-lasting materials, they work as blank canvases for a child’s imagination. When your child does outgrow them, you can hold on to these timeless pieces, perhaps for a younger sibling to take over and fill with their creative ideas, or give them on to a family member or friend.
2. STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE...
We all know too well how the kids’ room is chock-full of toys and various knick knacks. Sometimes, the sheer volume of stuff can be overwhelming. But it’s important to remember that the kids’ bedroom isn’t only a space for play and recreation, it’s also a space for them to rest and recuperate after a long, active day. Help to create a sense of balance in your child’s room with storage solutions that are both functional and fun. That way, you can more easily engage your kids in the process of clearing away toys and activities when it’s time to rest. For this, boxes, baskets and bags in unexpected colours, shapes and patterns come in handy, and makes it easy for your little one to identify where each of their belongings should go.
3. THE RIGHT LIGHTING
As with any room in the home, how you light up the kids’ room depends on how your child uses the space. Introduce general lighting with a softer, broad-spectrum light that can be easily accessed by little hands as soon as they enter a room and introduce lamps with more concentrated brightness wherever the central work or play area is. Many children are afraid of the dark, so utilise lighting to create a space where your child feels safe. Use a cosy, diffused light that’s low to the ground, so that if they happen to wake in the night, they will feel comforted by being able to make out the space around them, and be reminded that they are in a safe, comforting place.
4. PLAYFUL RUGS
Rugs are a fun and easy way to introduce a new sensory element to your little one’s space. Soft floor rugs in wool or cotton will provide a comfy area for playtime, and mats made from natural fibres like jute or rattan will add another textural element for little fingers and toes to explore. Consider playful shapes and prints that engage the imagination and invite conversation – like a world map or their favourite animal. Textiles don’t always have to be relegated to the floor, either! By hanging up your child’s favourite rug or blanket on the wall, you create a playful and unique wall hanging that invites interaction and touch.
5. DON'T JUST KEEP IT IN THE KID'S ROOM
Why not make space for some of your child’s favourite pieces in your sharing living space? Designating a children’s area in your living room or kitchen will give you the opportunity to spend time together while they play and exercise their imagination. Opt for a play kitchen or dreamy canvas tent in simple, calming colours that both parents and kids can enjoy the aesthetic value of.