I know I’ve showed you some inspiring rooms photographed by Hiya Papaya at this year’s Utah Parade of Homes before (see here, here, and here). The interiors of these homes were just jam-packed with inspiring ideas, and the room I’m about to show you is no exception. This is a corner of a large bonus room that’s designed to be a playroom for children. If you click on the link above to see other pictures of this room, you’ll see that there are also spaces for watching movies and reading books–it’s an amazing space! It’s also a space that has plenty of useful ideas for anyone creating a multipurpose space. For today, let’s focus on this darling play area.
I love the way this playroom functions. It’s got lots of storage available for games and toys. It has plenty of options for practicing creativity, with the chalkboard wall and the child sized table. It has a purposeful layout: there is a place for storage, a place to sit and craft or play at a tabletop, and there is open space for play. And I like the colors: lots of white complimented with some black, along with pops of red and aqua blue. It’s a beautiful and functional play area.
The great thing about this playroom is that there are quite a few things about it that could translate well into any space–whether it’s a basement, a bonus room, or a corner of your living room. I found several DIY projects that can help you achieve a similar look without a hefty price tag. Are you ready?
1. Large Scale Chalkboard Wall
Love the look of a wall-sized chalkboard? The Pleated Poppy recently added a chalk wall to her playroom, and the results are fantastic. Lindsey shares several tips for painting your own.
2. Child Sized Table
While I didn’t find a tutorial I liked for a round table, I did find this really great little table and stools over at Shanty 2 Chic. Don’t you think this table would look great in my inspiration room? And those storage cube stools add even more places to stash toys and art supplies.
3. Graphic Print Rug
A nice rug that has a fun color scheme and a great pattern usually comes with a hefty price tag. Not so with this rug made by Sunbutter and Jelly, where a colorful graphic print was added to an inexpensive rug with paint!
4. Beanbag Cubes
Capital B figured out how to make these bean bag cubes, similar to the shape of the one in my inspiration photo. Soft cubes like these aren’t just fun for kids to sit on, they are fun to play with, too!
5. Storage Cubes
Storage cubes made from fabric are a great way to make a shelf function more like a drawer. They are handy storage bins and totes for kids. And guess what? You can make them yourself in any fabric color you’d like? Find instructions for them at Make It & Love It.
Do you have any playroom design tips to share? What do you think of the chalkboard wall–is it something you would like to try?