This family with three adorable little girls was willing to sacrifice their very large living room to be the center of the household: a fantastic, colorful playroom where any child would want to spend their time.
As this is the first room viewed when anyone walks into this comfortable family home, my clients were convinced they wanted this room to announce itself as an obvious playroom. It needed to be bright, cheerful, girly and still in keeping with the rest of the California casual home. With three little girls, (two of whom are twins so there is not one but two of every toy!), toy storage was a main priority but there needed to be floor space for play, open table surfaces, an art area with chalkboard and a comfortable TV viewing area.
This family's style is clean, comfortable, and falling on the modern side of transitional. As a designer, I always work within my client's personal style but put my own spin on it. This project in particular required a lot of the appropriate space/storage planning and organization but we wanted it to feel open and clean.
Toy Storage, table and chairs: Pottery Barn Kids www.pbkids.com
Rugs: Dash and Albert www.dashandalbert.com
Side Table: Bungalow 5 www.bungalow5.com
Natural Shades: Horizon Shades www.horizonshades.com
Throw Pillows: Custom Made with Pindler Fabric
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Fresh Grass
I love the pops of color everywhere, especially the bright green Bungalow 5 side table. I really love how there is pink throughout yet it is not overly princess-y or feminine. In fact, the parents have told me they love to watch their own nightly TV in this room even though the main family room (and bigger TV) is the next room over.
In a playroom, the focus should always be children first, looks second. Toys need to be out and available otherwise they will never be used. (As the mother of two young boys and a designer who likes a clean look I struggle with this constantly!) The more open storage: baskets, shelves, nooks, crannies, the better as toys can look neat and clean but are also easily found. Leaving as much open floor space as possible can really help the look. Having several different play "stations" can be helpful and fun for the kids.