A comfy rug and lots of cushions (or a beanbag if there’s space) is a good way to demarcate a child-friendly space. Child friendly doesn’t have to mean childish: choose grown-up design that you like, so whether there’s a child making a den on it or not, you’ll feel happy with how it fits into your home. The entrance area in any house is often a dumping ground for coats, dirty boots and outdoor gear. Organise this area as best you can, subject to the amount of space available and budget.
Child-friendly design needs to put the practical ahead of the fashionable. You can still have a light-hearted nod to fun and frivolous ideas, but make your life easy by thinking about how the designs you like can work in real life. If you have the space, a designated playroom is the best way of containing your children’s toys and clutter. It gives them a room they can call their own and be responsible for – but you can close the door on it at the end of the day, so you’re not forever tidying.
Most of us live a bit further from this ideal. But whether you have the luxury of a whole room, or small, designated spaces, the same word applies – storage. If storage is well thought through, it means that at the end of a messy day, everything can be quickly tidied away, and you have your adult-room back again.
When choosing storage, consider the ages of your children and their associated activities. Larger storage units for toys, instruments and sports equipment is essential, as these are the things that can really make a space look cluttered. Perhaps also think about giving them their own set of drawers for study, pens, pencils and school work – that way you know where to look in that urgent hunt for last night’s homework.
Sara Thompson of Thompson Clarke Interiors shares tips and advice for achieving child friendly interiors that are both practical and super stylish