The playroom for our two little boys is a smallish space in a central, open-plan location so while we wanted it to be bright and colorful, it was essential that it was practical and easy to keep tidy. We wanted a space that would grow with them.
Also, we may not be finished on the child front yet, so we wanted to keep it unisex too... just in case.
I am not afraid to use color and to mix and match different styles. Bold, fun strong colors with practicality in mind.
The shelves were the only major purchase and they work like a dream, I sourced these from an Australian store called 'Officeworks' but you can get very similar shelves at Ikea. I like that these will transition when it ceases to be a playroom and they won't need to be replaced.
The sofa is an old one of ours that used to live in the guest bedroom, so we don't need to worry about it getting ruined or stained. It converts into a double bed so great for unexpected guest stay-overs (another reason why it is imperative to keep our playroom tidy).
The fabric drawers are the 'malm' drawers from Ikea and I covered them myself using polyfil padding and fabrics I found and loved.
The white drawers were handed down from a friend who was giving them away. I placed them on the opposite wall of the hallway to maximise the utilisation of space and have used wall decals that I sourced from a local store (we call them $2 shops, I am not sure what you would call it in the US) for $5. I was really happy with this find as I was about to spend $45 for a similar decal on Etsy.
I sourced the primary poms from Pomlove. Great store and great product, although if you had the time you could make these yourself.
The wall decor is all art that I have made myself and 'should' have sold in my etsy store: WallFry but loved too much and kept instead.
The quilt on the sofa was made by my mother from a Michael Miller panel
The baskets in the shelves are awesome, so colorful, heavy duty and practical
Work out what you can make yourself and what you need to source elsewhere rather than waste time making stuff you don't enjoy or are not too good at.
Just go with your heart.