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Monday, November 14, 2011

Recipe for a playroom

I am working on a children's playroom for one of my out of town clients. In order to save money we are going to use primarily Ikea furniture - which I actually love. I have always thought it would be so much fun and a great challenge to decorate an entire house only using what I can find at Ikea and Target.

The room I am working with is a very large room (almost 40 feet by 17 feet) that will be divided up into 3 separate areas - a family TV area, an area for a desk and game table and then the kid's play area. The client wanted the areas divided by boundaries but still kept somewhat open. I decided to divide the play area from the adult side of the space by low bookcases placed back to back so that one side will have toys inside and the other, family games and books.

Because I had a clean slate to work with, I had to start somewhere for my inspiration. So after coming up with some basic furniture pieces for storage ...

{Besta storage unit by Ikea}

{Expedit unit by Ikea}

... I started by looking for an area rug. I didn't have to look too far.

I love the vibrant colors and because the rug is a square, it fits perfectly into my floor plan. The idea is to give the client's grandchildren a place to play that can stay organized and neat. A book corner was also requested.

I plan to bring in a simple table and chair set that will be colorful and fun and also easy to maintain. We will use beanbags for the kids to lounge around on and read.

I love these beanbags from Pottery Barn. They come in a variety of colorful options and can even be monogrammed which is always fun for kids. I will throw in a red bookcase for a little more color.

I found this cute idea to hang your children's artwork and think it will be the perfect way to add some personalization. The color of these just happen to be exactly right for this room too.

I will also be using some decals and other fun artwork to make it a happy place to play. I love this stylized tree ...

{Byrdie graphics on Etsy}

These fun leaves ...

Or maybe some circles. Did you know you can change the colors of the decals to match your decor?

I really like the idea of bringing in a quote or two!


No matter what ends up on the wall ...  

It needs to bring a smile.


17 Perth said...

Oh wow. I love all of the elements for this room. That rug is perfect!

Deb said...

Made me laugh....I used those colorful chairs in the "This little Piggy" board book I worked on this year. :)

annie@mostlovelythings said...

I love all your ideas...IKEA is the best for rooms like this...they add color and great storage/display solutions. The art, the rug...everything!

crisangsteninteriors.com said...

Oooh, this looks fun! Suddenly I want an IKEA/Target project too. Looking forward to seeing this come together!

Unknown said...

This is great!! Thank you for sharing.
I adore Ikea... they always have what we need.

Ann said...

Love Ikea furniture too.

I think that bean bag and area rug will be oh so perfect.