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  • Writer's pictureBritney Heerten

Designing Interior Children's Spaces

Updated: Jun 4

What elements make a children's space successful?

Curves: Designers use curved forms with rounded or smoothed edges to avoid dangerous corners. Curves are not only for safety; they offer a modern, playful, and optimistic aesthetic.

Materials: Easy to clean antibacterial glossy or semi-glossy surfaces, microfiber, or vinyl. Some designs implement sleek, knobless designs for doors and cabinets.

Scale: Designing from a child's height perspective is important. Children are looking at the world from a much lower vantage point than adults. This must be considered when designing a space for their use.

Interactive Spaces: A few elements that encourage interaction of a child with a space include: sensory surfaces, textures, color-changing or reflective elements, moving pieces, voids of space, sounds

Child-Only Features: This includes elements that are made only for children such as spaces or passageways that only children can fit into

Open to the Outdoors: Windows to the outdoors help to increase concentration and relaxation

Limited Color Palettes: You may think that using a lot of colors in the same room is kid-friendly, but it is best to use a limited color palette so that kids don't get confused, agitated, or overwhelmed. Certain colors may have different effects on different age groups.


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