A kids space and adult space don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind shows us how to pull off a lasting look that combines the aesthetic acumen of a design pro with the kid-savvy smarts of a parent. With her simple tips, you, too, can create a livable space that’s beloved by both parties—adults and kids alike.
Designing a kids space might conjure up images of stuffed toys, bold colors, and oversized, over-stuffed kids furniture, but the truth is—a kids space needn’t be enjoyed by kids alone. With a bit of thought and some creativity, it’s (very!) possible to decorate a multi-purpose space to house toys, books, and crafts galore while still creating an aesthetic you and your kids will love. Take a peek at the space we’ve designed in our basement, perfect for non-stop play and imagination!
Music and art are important staples in our household, so we created a corner specifically for piano-playing, ukulele-strumming and chalkboard-drawing. We love to practice or listen to music while our toddler experiments with architecture blocks and coloring books on a perfectly pint-sized kids cafe table.
The brick wallpaper warms the space behind an oversized industrial clock, while a self-watering planter in the corner keeps our room fresh and lively. All of these are elements that wouldn’t necessarily be found in the children’s department, but can make a beautiful statement when providing a tot-inspired backdrop, yes?
Of course, with any kids room, a wise storage solution is a must for hiding craft supplies, trinkets, and treasures. We love the myriad options offered in this reclaimed sideboard, which boasts both single drawers (for papers and miscellaneous flat storage) and double drawers (for larger items like toy cars, puzzles, and figurines).
For additional storage, we scattered stylish metal tubs to hold books, blocks, and a few favorite stuffed animals throughout the space.
Did you catch that beautiful table? One of our favorite elements of the room is a large craftsman table for “grown-up” gatherings or crafts that require more room than available at the toddler table. Surrounded by lightweight, easy-to-move metal cafe chairs and grounded with a cozy rug, this area is fully functional for gatherings both large and small.
Three cheers for the young and the young at heart, and check back in a few weeks to see a before and after video tour of our finished basement makeover!
—Erin Loechner, Design for Mankind