If kids are on the guest list, a few simple activities should keep them busy. Try setting up a kids-only area with board games, coloring pages and snacks — though don't be surprised if you catch a few adults getting in on the fun!
In this contemporary playroom, an orange table, colorful wall art and assortment of toys pop against the neutral black-and-white buffalo check rug, which is actually a machine-washable rug from the online company called Ruggable.
Create a kid zone where little ones can congregate, giving adults a little breathing room. When playtime is up, the storage cubbies or shelves will encourage kids to keep their toys or art supplies nice and tidy (and off the family room floor).
Let’s face it, kids aren’t all that great at hanging things up on hangers, but they CAN handle a basic wall hook. Install a few at their level to help them wrangle dress up clothes, art smocks or jackets.
A multifunction storage can keep your family room from looking like a playroom and for families with lots of kids, that’s borderline magical! Group several around a table to save space. NOTE- If you have small kids, opt for ottomans with soft close hinges so no little fingers get pinched.
Sophisticated and elegant décor is wonderful, but in this season of giving it’s nice to make sure your trimmings appeal to children (of all ages). Tuck some cute and cuddly ornaments or accents into your décor—and delight your youngest guests.
Erin’s mastery of neutral tones is evident throughout her home, but when it comes to spaces for her son, Henry, she embraces color in a whole new way. The deep blue wallpaper in Henry’s bedroom creates a colorful backdrop against which everything else pops. Matching patterns on the lampshade and window shade and the brilliant pattern of the bright red rug create a visually stimulating space for her son.
This little tent can go anywhere! We built this small-scale tent frame with simple garden trellis cut to the desired size. Connect the two pieces at the top with a couple of hinges to create an A-frame. Drape a colorful flat sheet or table cloth over the frame, then when it’s time to pack up camp, just fold it up for easy storage.
"It is hard to visualize the flow of a house when it is just framed up with plywood on the floor. So use the jumbo chalk to mark out things like the kitchen island location on the floor to make sure it is not too tight and needs to be made smaller," says Abbi Williams of the unexpected uses for this ordinary material. "Or use the chalk to block out the location of the furniture on the living room to understand where you need floor outlets."
If you have toys and games of different sizes that you want to store together but have limited space, an organizer with drawers and cubes is a good solution. Label large fabric drawers for games and puzzles, and use clear-front cubes and smaller drawers to store tiny toys that have been grouped together by type.
Away from the beds the room explodes into a variety of colors and lively patterns. A modern banana-leaf wallpaper creates a feature wall, providing a background to the bright pops of red, yellow and green furnishings and accessories. Collected pieces top off the dresser, including two works representing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.