Designer Claire Paquin created a space in the basement of her client's home that could function for young children, as well as space for adults. For the play area, carpet tiles create visual interest, color and warmth for kids to play on the floor. A bookcase cubby is a wonderful choice for toys and games.
This family-friendly home features a music area, a kids' art space, a teepee – even a climbing wall and an indoor swing! Bright fabrics and an eclectic mix of furnishings add to the home's casual, whimsical vibe. The whole house was designed to fit the personality and lifestyle of the active, vibrant homeowners and their young kids.
Summer parties aren’t just for adults—kids want to have fun too! “An important part of entertaining is keeping the kids occupied,” Jenny says. “I like to design a space just for them.” Put together a tent or create a fort area away from the rest of the party so the kids have their own, special place to play.
To avoid having a kids' room design that doesn't flow with the rest of the home, consider the colors used in the surrounding areas. In this home, the girls' bedroom is given a tropical palette that works harmoniously with the autumnal colors of the home's common areas.
This cheery kids bedroom features modern bunk beds with space-inspired bedding and pillows. Multicolored floral curtains decorate the windows, while a green and white square patterned area rug covers the wood floors.
This kids' bedroom boasts an updated nautical theme without being stereotypical. Bold striped bed linens cover the transitional bunk bed, a chevron area rug covers the floor and colorful graphic fabric covers the sofa.
When designing a mudroom, think of how your children will use the space. Jeffrey S. Brown, president of J.S. Brown & Co., says, "Most parents tell us their children do better with open areas because they are more likely to hang their coat on a hook than to open a closet door and pull down a hanger." In this situation, low-hanging hooks are the best option. Kids can easily hang their bags and coats on rows of hooks and kick off their shoes below. Designer Sarah Richardson's walk-through mudroom is the perfect example of a low-maintenance entry with kids in mind.
A neutral, stacked stone wall along with the surrounding landscape creates an exquisite, secluded outdoor space. Terrace gardens make the pool area feel comfortable while allowing a flat space for the kids up top.
The highlight of this fun family den area is a kids swing that hangs from the exposed beam and corrugated metal ceiling. A brown leather sofa offers a cozy place to relax, while red and white pillows and a striped area rug provide finishing decorative touches.