Matthew and Olivia’s Playroom Design

One of my friends is building a new house, and has a space that will be perfect for a playroom for her two kids, ages 5 and 2. She let me make a mood board for her to get ideas for her new space.

Some requirements:

  • Her son likes things to be organized, and will want to re-arrange items if they are out of place. They will need an easy organization structure that lets each item have a place.
  • He also likes doing things himself, which means that the majority of storage must be close to the ground and accessible.
  • They have several large toy items, such as a play kitchen and a train table.
  • The room is on the upper floor, and other bedrooms open off of it. It has to be presentable for guests.
  • My friend likes the teal and lime green combination, but is hesitant to paint any of the walls either of these colors, as they can be quite garish in large quantities.
  • The room should be decorated and comfortable for both boys and girls.

Here is the mood board I’ve created for her, to get started thinking about the space and provide some suggestions for colors, organizers, and sources:

Of course it would need to be at least three times this size.

Of course it would need to be at least three times this size.

Here is a breakdown of some of the items used, why they were chosen for this image, and the general idea behind them so that my friend can find items that work for her.

1. Neutral wall coloring prevents the teal/green combo from getting out of hand, and makes the room adult-friendly as well. Sherwin Williams’ Rainwashed (SW 6211) is one of their most popular colors, as it is so versatile. I see this soft gray-green being used in all types of rooms showcased by bloggers and home decorators, from living room to bedroom to bathroom.

Sherwin Williams "Rainwashed"

Sherwin Williams “Rainwashed”. If you Google it, you’ll see a lot of photos showing how versatile and subtle this particular shade can be.

2. Cube organizers such as Ikea’s KALLAX line (it replaced the previous EXPEDIT line) are great at providing both shelving/organization as well as bench or table height furniture. Many playrooms featured online show a cube organizer used as a window seat or a bench, topped with colorful pillows. Throw pillows are a great way to bring bright color into a room while making it more comfortable. Etsy.com has a huge selection of unique, brightly-colored throw pillows. Of course, the cube organizers can also come much larger, providing organization and storage that can take up a bigger wall or keep more complicated toys out of reach from the younger child.

3. A large wall can also be painted using chalkboard paint, which seems to be all the rage these days. If you want the mess contained, you can make your own framed chalkboard using the same paint in a large frame. The one featured is from That’s My Letter, which has full instructions to make it yourself.

This blog is chalk-full of great DIY tutorials (see what I did there?)

This blog is chalk-full of great DIY tutorials (see what I did there?)

4. Framing the windows with bright curtains can introduce height to a room that is otherwise filled with low furniture. These pictured are the SANELA curtains from Ikea: a vibrant, turquoise velvet that are reasonably priced and also come in hard-to-find longer lengths.

5. Ikea also sells the lime-green plastic MAMMUT children’s furniture. My friend might also have her own children’s furniture for the room, but since the color matched her scheme, I wanted to include it.

6. Large poufs provide additional kid-friendly seating that will grow with the kids over time. This green striped pouf, from Layla Grace, adds a lot of color. Moroccan poufs are also popular. This is seating that the kids can move around themselves, could be re-covered if tastes change, and can provide versatile seating in any room of the house.

It's green. It's striped. It's poofy.

It’s green. It’s striped. It’s poofy.

7. This rug, from ShadesOfLight.com, has the teal/green combo in a bold pattern with more muted colors, again providing a more muted background while letting the accents and activities stand out. The tight weave works well for a playroom, because small toys won’t get lost in its folds.

8. Last, but certainly not least, I want to point out these amazingly adorable canvas totes from 3 Sprouts. They have a range of products, including the open toy bins and the cube organizers shown here, all emblazoned with a flat, graphic animal. Some of their products are available at The Container Store or Target, or you can buy from their site. I don’t know why I love these so much. Maybe it’s the big, goofy animal faces.

Their storage cubes fit the cube organizers of other companies. They also sell hampers, toy boxes, and other organizers, all with the big goofy animals.

Their storage cubes fit the cube organizers of other companies. They also sell hampers, toy boxes, and other organizers, all with the big goofy animals.

 

Well, I hope this provides some ideas for my friend’s teal and lime playroom. It’s fun putting these together.

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