Practical Colorful Playroom

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A Project For

Harvey and Felix

Age

2 and 12 months

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Description

A playroom with easy, practical storage that the kids can use. Bright, fun, playful, primary colors, just like a playroom should be.

Design Inspiration

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.

Decorating Style

I am not afraid to use color and to mix and match different styles. Bold, fun strong colors with practicality in mind.

Project Details

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.

Favorite Items

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

Advice

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.

9 Comments

  1. 1

    This playroom is so colorful indeed! It’s the kind children of all ages and of both genders will surely enjoy and have fun playing in. I am sure they’d lose themelves in play here.

  2. 2

    So fun and colorful! I agree—just what a playroom should be!!! Love the dog wall art and the fab drawers you covered yourself!

     

  3. 3

    Thanks so much! Lots of color is not always everyone’s cupe of tea but it certainly works for us.

    I had restored and covered a set of vintage drawers for Felix’s bedroom previously and found these drawers from Ikea so much easier to cover and so much more effective.

  4. 4

    I love how you changed the Ikea Dresser into something kid friendly. That was a great idea! I have that sameone and I wasn’t so sure about leaving it in the babies room because its so dark and such a hard surface… Now thanks to you I know what to do!

     

  5. 5

    I love how you changed the Ikea Dresser into something kid friendly. That was a great idea! I have that sameone and I wasn’t so sure about leaving it in the babies room because its so dark and such a hard surface… Now thanks to you I know what to do!

     

  6. 6

    I love how you changed the Ikea Dresser into something kid friendly. That was a great idea! I have that sameone and I wasn’t so sure about leaving it in the babies room because its so dark and such a hard surface… Now thanks to you I know what to do!

     

  7. 7

    It was surprisingly easy to cover the drawers too! All you need is dacron padding, staple gun and material (I also used some tape over the staples just to be extra safe). The hardest part was choosing and deciding on which fabric to use.

  8. 8

    Fun and funky. I like the play of all colors in this room. I personally believe that playrooms should be colorful because I know there are a lot of toys out there, specifically toys of different shades and hues. And we wouldn’t want to limit our kids to toys that match the color schemes of their nurseries and playrooms, do we?

  9. 9

    Love the colors in this room, and those drawers are divine! Love the dogs and the safari prints too! I am torn for a nursery theme for my bump and you have given me some really good ideas.

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