Candyfloss and pirates

A fun approach to adding colour and storage into a child’s playroom.

Albert Einstein was spot on when he said “Play is the highest form of research” and the brief with this room was make it a playroom that can adapt to many situations.

The biggest challenge was to create a space and design that would remain cohesive when lots of toys and colours were introduced.  So, instead of fighting against the inevitable and work to a defined colour palette, I decided to embrace this mismatched muddle wholeheartedly.

The room was intended for a little boy and girl so it was also important that it had a fun feel for them both, hence the root of my concept, candyfloss and pirates.

The candyfloss elements included softer pastel hues and the pirate aspect gave a high five to deep primary colours, which are prevalent in lots of children’s toys.

The room was long and narrow in shape so I introduced some super deep wall-to-wall built in storage in a jewelled green colour and this helped even out the room but more importantly offered the whole family very useful and accessible space for all those surplus toys and books.

I continued to zone the room into a reading area with a comfy snuggler chair and reading lamp, a creative station which centred around a blackboard table and craft baskets and finally an imagination middle that held the children’s kitchen and market stall. It was important for me that each space was defined so I worked with patterns, colour and wall hangings to identify each section of the room.

The toys and furniture added enough personality to this room, so I decided to paint the walls a clean crisp white, a perfect canvas for all the memories this room would create and build.

I chose a grey oak luxury vinyl for the floor, which was hard wearing and also perfect with the under floor heating making sure little bottoms were kept toasty when reading books or vrooming cars about.
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The grey and white striped linen roman blind offers a practical window dressing solution. It doesn’t infringe on playing space but joins in nicely
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The alphabet wall is great for interactive educational fun and the carefully chosen tones of each letter sit well with the softer candyfloss aspect of this design
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The large snuggler chair works well for the children independently but also for the parents at story time as it allows all three to snuggle up and listen to Once upon a time…
— Fiona