Susana Simonpietri, the creative director of Chango & Co., an interior design firm in Brooklyn, often electrifies social media by posting photos of children’s rooms. With their eye-catching colors, unexpected patterns and playful elements, it’s hard not to love the spaces she creates.
“I enjoy designing them so much, because I feel like every time we do a kids’ room is an opportunity for me to be a child again,” said Ms. Simonpietri, 44. “We spend just as much time on kids’ rooms as we do any other room in a house.”
But children come with a lot of stuff — and they aren’t always inclined to pick up after themselves. That means having a good storage plan is even more important than hanging beautiful wallpaper.
Her advice? “You have to embrace what they have, but give them tools to manage it.”
Here’s how she did that for her 4-year-old daughter, Lola.
Use Open and Closed Storage
You probably don’t want to be confronted with all of your child’s toys, books and art supplies when you walk into the room. But here’s a secret: If you limit the number of things you can see, the toys or books on display can serve the same function as decorative elements.