Design the Perfect Playroom: 2 Ways: Part II
Hi Friends, Welcome to Postbox Designs! While I do Interior E-Design for clients all over the country, recently I have been doing a lot of Playroom projects. Could there be a room that would be more fun to design?? Today I’m sharing a recent Real Postbox Project-a dreamy Playroom Design for a young brother and sister. I always create two different designs for all of my clients, last week I shared the first Playroom design version.
If you missed it, you can check out How to Design the Perfect Playroom: Part I and see the neutral playroom decor version of this space:
Playroom Design: Bright & Colorful Gender Neutral Room
For the second version of this Playroom design, I wanted to create something more colorful and bright. Because both designs are made to be mixed-and-matched, my client can pop a few bright colored pieces into her first Playroom version if she wants.
In this version I started with a fun and whimsical rug to bring in all of the colors of the rainbow (#4)! For any Playroom or Kid’s Bedroom design, having amazing toy storage is the #1 priority. That’s why I love the Pottery Barn Kid’s Cameron unit-it comes in dozens of different configurations and multiple finishes. This toy storage unit (#12) can be filled with canvas bins (#14) and we also added an optional art storage unit (#13).
Playroom Decor: Create a Vignette
The top of this toy storage unit is the perfect spot to create a vignette. I created a special Elevation drawing for my client to show her exactly how to lay this out (check it out below!), but I used a combo of neutral printables (#3), word art (#1), and add this vintage style suitcase (#9) with a globe on top (#7). I also added a giant letter (#6) and pulled it all together with this sweet little gold star garland (#2).
Create a Playroom Reading Nook
I think the best spot of any Playroom Design is a reading nook! In the past I have used teepees or hanging canopies to create these. I’ve also used comfy chairs and beanbags for flexible, cozy reading areas. In this Playroom, my client found this to-die-for mini Chesterfield sofa from Pottery Barn Kids (#16)! Piling up this sofa with comfy throw pillows (#17) and these monogram versions (#21) are always a way to add color and pattern to your Playroom or kid’s Bedroom.
Extra storage comes in the form of these wall shelves (#5) that take advantage of the vertical space in the room. Anytime you have a smaller space to work with, your best trick is taking advantage of your wall space! This skinny shelving unit is a beautiful way to store and show off your children’s books.
Mixing Kid & Grown Up Decor into your Playroom Makeover
Other fun, whimsical accents are theses fun polka dot poufs (#23), word art (#22), beaded chandelier (#24) and these full height rulers (#27). But to keep the room for going too “kid-centric”, you can usually get a pretty good mix of kid- and adult-friendly but adding in some neutral items.
Neutral, traditional items like this mini Chesterfield (#16), striped curtains (#19), adjustable activity table (#18) and grown-up-with-a-twist jute rug (#20) keep the space blending in with the rest of the house. This Playroom happens to be in an open area at the top of the stairs, so it had to flow with the rest of the traditional home (but still be loads of fun!).
Behind the sofa I added this fun but neutral herringbone wallpaper (#28) with some artwork centered over it (#22), flanked but these plug-in metal sconces (#26).
These Mood Boards show every single furniture and decor item I hand-picked for their Playroom space. But once you have all of your items…where do you put them? Whether your space or big or small, creating mini groupings in your Playroom is usually the best way to lay out your space.
Creating Multiple Groupings in your Playroom Design
In this Playroom Design we were able to incorporate:
Toy Storage Area
Arts and Crafts Table
Isn’t that amazing?! All of that in this little room! The key is to choosing furniture to do double duty, and to create purposeful groupings. I always include a Floor Plan that shows every item in my recommended layout, along with notes, so my client knows where to place every single object.
Practical but Fun Playroom Design
In Part I: Designing the Perfect Playroom I included a 3D rendering of the space. But in Version #2 I still wanted to include this extra bonus Elevation drawing. I include one of these whenever I create a Wall Gallery or special grouping for my clients! In this case, it showed her how to create this vignette on top of her Pottery Barn Kid’s Cameron storage unit.
The Pottery Barn image on the left was from her dream Playroom Pinterest board she created for me. I took the essence of that photo and created something similar but totally custom for her!
My client was SO fun to work with, and I felt like I really got to know her, and her style, during the whole process. She has been sharing progress photos of her Playroom with me, and even of her little cutie pies enjoying their space!
Want to See More Playroom Makeover Ideas?
Here are some past Real Postbox Playroom Makeovers to check out as well:
We turned this loft space into a Playroom, Reading Area, and Homework Center:
This fun Playroom in Texas was a mix of rustic and whimsical for a brother and sister to share the space:
And finally this basement had a lot of toys for these twin boys in Michigan, but needed to make the Playroom space flow with the rest of the finished lower level area:
Finally, I have one more thing to help you out with your own project! I created my FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY chock full of design freebies like Mood Boards, Guides, Shopping Lists to get you started. I’m always adding to it, so check back often. Or let me know what you would like to see in there!
I’ll see you back here next week with another real Postbox Project!