Mentor Jacqueline Corea, Principal of Corea Sotropa, shares insight into the process of space planning for a family friendly basement!
Contrary to popular belief, having children does not mean that your interior design style suddenly changes from chic to ick. It’s true that there will be some messy fingers, furniture will become a jungle gym and breakables will need to move up a shelf or two, but with some careful planning and smart selections your home CAN remain fabulous.
Creating spaces that are designed for children’s activities but are still pleasing for the adults in the home is something that my Calgary interior design company, Corea Sotropa Interior Design is frequently hired to achieve. This stylish basement that we developed for a client is a perfect example of how a space can be designed with the whole family in mind. Our client wanted a multifunctional space for playing, TV watching, entertaining, and crafting, that would grow with the family and make use of an undeveloped space in the basement.
First of all, it was imperative that this basement not feel like a dungeon. Paying close attention to the lighting and concealing beams and ductwork in a coffered ceiling automatically made this dark space warm and inviting. Custom made, durable, comfortable furniture was imperative as was lots of storage for toys. Making use of a bump out as a toy nook gave the child a special place for creative play.
The curtain closes across the play area creating a hidden corner or a stage for musical performances. The polka-dotted fabric selected has a fun colour scheme and the pattern is youthful but not immature. It also is a great way to disguise an untidy toy area in a hurry. Just draw the curtain and voila – a neat and tidy lounge space has been created!
The toy nook was outfitted with lots of built-in bookcases and cabinets for toys and treasures. Incorporating fun straw hat wall sconces and a spot to highlight finger paint masterpieces makes this area a really special spot for youngsters. The flooring selected for this area is marmoleum – durable linoleum with an interesting pattern and texture providing a worry-free spot for painting or snacking.
Corea Sotropa, author of this feature, is a full service Interior Design firm in Calgary, Alberta. jacqueline would love to talk to you about designing a space expressly for you.
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