Orignally published on 2021-10-27 10:53:45 by www.mansionglobal.com
Each week, Mansion Global tackles a topic with an elite group of designers from around the world who work on luxury properties. This week, we look at tips for stylish ways to organize a child’s toys.
Corralling kids’ toys in an organized fashion can feel like taming the Wild West—it’s no easy task, let alone making it all look presentable.
But there’s a fine line between a nursery room that’s stylish and one that’s unapproachable.
“Accessorizing toys throughout the nursery creates a lived-in environment that’s casually stylish and approachable rather than rigid,” said Zunilda Madera, design director of Foley & Cox in New York. “This method is mess proof while encouraging little ones to explore in a thoughtfully designed space.”
To create a space that’s well contained, follow these tips from the design pros.
Make in Minimal“When designing a nursery with accessibility to toys, less is more. Narrow toy selections down to stylish selections that are play friendly, unfussy and fabulously designed. A nursery should be calm and soothing for baby’s rest and it’s the place of opportunity to keep the bag of tricks as consolidated as possible while encouraging imaginary play and restful sleep.
“Bookshelves are a perfect way to integrate toys that can be organized yet styled to mix up the nursery decor. Also, integrate stuffed animals with throw pillows to add some fluff to a lounge chair or loveseat sofa (and keep them off the floor), and make story time cozier.
“There’s an array of stylish baskets that are soft and child friendly, which make toy spills easy to clean up. Lorena Canals Candy Box basket collection comes with lids if you really want toys out of sight and out of mind.
“A combination of open shelving and closed storage is a smart way to organize toys if it all lives one zone. Vitsoe shelving is a stylish and versatile modular unit that grows with the baby and can be repurposed in many ways.”
— Zunilda Madera, design director Foley & Cox in New York
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
“Closed storage is a great way to hide the small toys that quickly accumulate in a nursery. I suggest a dresser or credenza. Keep floor storage tucked away and closed. Under crib storage is a great space saver.
“Display your favorite plush toys or keepsake items and keep the rest of toys and books to a minimum especially during the nursery phase. If they can’t fit neatly in the closet, in a storage piece or on a bookshelf, it is time to purge. Mounting plushies to the wall is a fun twist, and keeps shelves and dresser tops minimal and clean. Have fun with the nursery. It should be a space they can grow into as toddlers, but don’t try to design a “forever” space. It will inevitably change as they grow.”
— Anne Grandinetti, senior designer, Mark Ashby Design in Austin, Texas
Put Things Within Reach
“We like designing playrooms that allow a child to reach toys easily and put them away. Our goal is to have a mix of bins, shelves and baskets at child height, stored under benches, or in bookcases or closets.
“If space is tight, we think vertically or store most toys away, so they reappear periodically. We prefer to have fewer toys on display, so they feel more special. It also reduces clutter and subsequent cleanup. This way of decorating and organizing may be more aligned with a Montessori method of designing a playroom, but we find it works for our family and a lot of our clients.
“We prefer to use lidded bins made from natural materials like canvas, rattan or jute rather than stackable plastic bins. If you can label the bins with pictures, it will help small children know where to return their art supplies, puzzles and toys. Have a mix of large semi-transparent zipper pouches placed inside larger bins. Additional bags keep the smaller gear easily accessible and organized.”
— Keren Richter founder of White Arrow interiors in Brooklyn, New York
Keep It Cohesive
“From my experience, the effective and practical way to organize toys is to use baskets or clear plastic bins. You can categorize by types of toys and it is easy for kids to find what they are looking for. Pretty baskets on shelving or built-in cabinets is what we have been doing.
“For some occasions, instead of crowding the room with too many toys. I love to put just a few that will make the room interesting and personal for the owner of the room. For one client, I had model airplanes hung from the ceiling of a boy’s room.”
— Mia Jung, director of interiors at Ike Kligerman Barkley in New York and San Francisco
Labels Go a Long Way
“I love the concept of shelving arranged with bins filled with books ordered by color alternated with decorative objects. This way, it is fun but stylish and pulled together at the same time.“If you have a closet or built-in with cabinets, organize small items in plastic bins and tag them by topic, it helps to find what you need at the right time. I like mixing bin sizes from XL to smaller ones.“Ottomans are great for adults who want to play on the floor with the children or read books. One or two are lovely, but I wouldn’t do more than that unless it is a large playroom. I also use Fatboy bean bags; they are colorful, resistant and very comfortable.
— Alessia Corpino Roitman of Alessia Corpino Design in New York