1) Cool canopy
Little girls will find themselves whisked off to a fairy-tale land in this romantic blush-pink tented retreat. Suspended by elastic, this cotton canopy is perfect for princesses who enjoy a quiet read.
2) Adventure time
Playhouses and characterful tipi tents offer perfect hideaways for young readers who love buccaneering books and brave traveller tales. Easy to set up and move, these funky dens are great for the garden, too.
3) Pretty perch
We love these chic, understated chairs for their versatility, as you can easily pair them with stools, bean bags, poufs and rugs that have a more fanciful flavour. Create a fashionable reading corner with poufs patterned with current popular trends, such as pineapples, millennial pink, denim and coastal motifs.
4) Cosy carpet
Just like your home, a den isn’t complete without something to soften the floor. Add even more character to a tent, tipi or playhouse with one of these eye-catching rugs. Top tip: layer two or three sheepskin rugs together for a super snuggly nook.
5) Look, read, learn, repeat
With pretty illustrations and bright colours creating engaging covers, show them off with an open bookcase where your kids can display their favourite titles. Seeing the heroes they love to read about will encourage them to pick up the books and relive the stories again and again.
Combine learning with play with these fun ideas from Dubai-based interior design studio c'est ici:
1) The arty area
Make space for an area dedicated to crayons, markers, different types of paper, colouring books, tape, scissors and other crafting supplies. Make sure to include a means to display their work, such as a corkboard or a magnet board.
2) The toy box
Whether your kids are into action figures, dolls, cars, or other general toys, they need a place too! Having a bin where your child can keep their favourite toys is just as important as all of the educational play spaces. Children need to play and have fun!
3) The learning layout
Set up a table with pencils and pens, ruled paper, and potentially a device to help them learn to type. Add educational posters with the alphabet or playful words, alongside flash cards and books for examples of good writing.
4) The science bit
Fill this space with things like science experiments, educational software and anything that encourages measuring, weighing, and mixing.
6) The brick brigade
If your child has a real affinity for Lego, perhaps designating a specific space to build it would be best. Consider the required storage that comes along with Lego. Building in some storage bins will go a long way.