As mama to a wild, sweet and energetic toddler, I’m always game for any content that includes the topics of home design and kids into one. So when B Farm Design reached out with this adorable little playroom (that doubles as a guest room) I was intrigued—especially considering that one of my biggest goals was to not let my home style suffer with a growing family. Sound familiar?
You might not consider this the ‘dreamiest’ space on our blog, but it’s packed with beauty in the sense that it’s approachable, functional for the whole family and doesn’t sacrifice one bit of style. Can you believe that gorgeous gallery wall is the children’s artwork? Hands down, my favorite part of the room. And that handsome little man dumping the toy basket reminds me very much of my own. Creating spaces that our children can truly thrive in and that we can still appreciate is so, so important.
Newport Beach designers Leah and Natalie are sharing a bit more about the project below, along with five tips on how to design your own playroom/multi-use space that vibes with the rest of your home.
From B Farm Design… This was our client’s makeshift playroom/guest room. It was one of those rooms that had just sort of evolved into these two things but had never formally been designed for either. Our goal here was to take this space and make it official. The room needed to be functional for the kids’ everyday play and comfy for the occasional sleep over.
Priority number one was play. With a little Lego guru on our hands it was important we incorporate a building surface for him. A space where he could not only build, but also display his daily creations. The table in turn could also accommodate homework and snack time or a place for guests to toss their belongings. A sleeper sofa, in a charcoal indoor/outdoor fabric grounded the room and added a cozy place to hang and watch tv or if needed, sleep for the night.
We wanted to keep this room soft, playful and a comfortable space for kids and adults alike. We kept a fairly neutral palette, allowing the kids’ artwork to be the pop of color the room called for.
5 Tips for a Stylish Playroom That Vibes with the Rest of Your Home
1. Keep a similar color palette to rest of house. Kids toys and games will naturally bring in a colorful palette of its own. To bring in some personality and color, we always like to incorporate the children’s artwork into a playroom—like we did with this—the art in the gallery wall is done by the kids!
Also, remember to stay consistent with the design details throughout the rest of the house like base mouldings, crown mouldings, window casements, wall color, etc. The shell of the room should be consistent with the other rooms in the house.
2. Aim for a design that is playful and causal but maintains some underlying sophistication. It can still be inviting and fun without looking like a preschool.
3. Allow the room to grow with the kids. Their likes and interests change with time and so will how they function in the space.
4. Lots of baskets! It’s an easy way for kids to pick up their toys and a cute way to hide the clutter.
5. Invest in pieces that can be multi-use. In this playroom, the youngest needed a building surface for his lego creations, while the two older girls use the table for homework. We also incorporated a sleeper sofa (in a super durable charcoal indoor/outdoor fabric) that serves as a cozy place to hang and watch TV or if needed, sleep for the night.