Playrooms: Chic & Practical?

January 16th, 2014

I asked readers on my Facebook page recently if there were any topics they wished I would cover.

One reader asked how to make a playroom functional yet not unsightly.

Great topic! Let me say I’m going to tackle this from my current no children state. (Which could lead to some eye rolling from those of you in the know.  Feel free to tell me your true opinion!)

I think the key here is to allow the children to embrace the space.  Make the room have some design appeal in the areas you can control (window treatments, wall paint and covering, lighting, etc).  Add your personal stamp with a fun wallcovering and pretty light fixture.  The header image is a great example.  I LOVE that the main focal wall is a picture of her kids.  So sweet.  Also the striped paint detail on the ceiling is fantastic.  From there she added the bookshelves which almost turns the books into a colorful art wall.

 Go for furniture pieces that focus on storage, yet still compliment the elements around the room.


Table | Chair | Ceiling Fixture | Chalkboard | Tree Bookshelf | Pouf 1 | Pouf 2 | Storage Basket | Wall Storage | Teepee

I love poufs.  I recommend them quite often.  They are great for casual seating while adding a pop of color.  Kids can throw these around and not damage them.  The bookshelf from Layla Grace is so cute, I can hardly stand it.  Here is a prime example of finding something with a chic appeal and yet still functions.  I’m also a sucker for a teepee.  My niece would love this and to me, it’s still a cute design element.

playroom 2

playroom 3

playroom 4

I know some of you are tired of chalkboard paint, but this is a GREAT place to use it.  Here are some other inspirational playroom images:

playroom 5

playroom 6

playroom 7

What are your thoughts? Doable or are you laughing at me?

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