Roll up, roll up

Should you have space for one, then the best playrooms should be playful and whimsical – a place where a child’s imagination can run wild. What better than a circus-themed room which provides a great opportunity to bring together a palette of vivid colours and fun accessories galore. Having recently visited the magnificent Gifford’s Circus on Minchinhampton Common, I am feeling especially inspired by the magic of the circus.

Circus themed playroom mood board

1 Circus Elephant, Horse & Lion antique book page art prints, £12 each, Roo Abrook, 2 Hold your Horses play tent, £149, FieldCandy, 3 Circus Drum monochrome lampshade, from £40, Love Frankie, 4 Cherry Red, White, Butterfield Green vinyl/rubber flooring, from £28 per square metre, The Colour Flooring Company, 5 Wooden star, small, £185, Argent & Sable, 6 Topsy cushion, £15, Habitat, 7 13” carnival lights, £40 each, Rocket & Rye, 8 Playtime light-up sign, £435, Argent & Sable, 9 Agnes bright stripe cushion, £45, Habitat, 10 Polygon kids chairs, £47.79 each, The Land of Nod, 11 Snorkelling Blue striped fabric, cotton, 150cm wide, £28 per metre, The Stripe Company, 12 Adjustable grey activity table, £161.34, The Land of Nod, 13 Stuva/Fӧlja storage combination, £78, Ikea, 14 Coloured pop lights garland, £15, Hurn & Hurn, 15 Kas Sandro woven cotton cushion, £45, John Lewis, 16 Trunk storage trunk in yellow, £50, Habitat

A beautiful rich blue wall colour, such as Deep Space Blue by Little Greene, would provide a great foil to these bright accessories; I might even consider painting the bottom half of the wall in blue and keeping the top half of it white.  I’d add either white painted floorboards or, rubberised flooring, which will be easy to maintain.

In a room, I always like to add an element – sometimes a couple – which will create impact; in this case, I have used the mix of strong colours and patterns combined with the addition of the light-up ‘Playtime’ sign.  If you want a less expensive alternative to the light-up sign, then you could choose something similar to the light-up star or even a collection of light-up letters grouped together.

A table – and this one is particularly good as it features storage draws – will provide a surface for children to create on. Built-in storage can be a brilliant option but, if you’d prefer stand-alone furniture, then this white cupboard from Ikea would be worth looking at.

When it comes to adding layers of accessories, you can have fun with this theme. My own children love dens, into which they retreat to hatch plans to travel anywhere from outer space to the land of the fairy queens, and I think that this one would be a real hit.

Be bold with the mix of soft furnishings you use: the vibrant cushions contrast well with the stripe pattern curtain fabric and the harlequin shade.  Add a further layer of decoration with these fabulous animal prints, and a string of brightly coloured fairy lights which you could attach to a section of wall.