Believe it or not, I have found the Playroom/Office the most difficult room to decorate. We moved around a lot before we bought this house and the one thing I knew I wanted when we finally bought (apart from an open plan kitchen) was a room to throw all the kids plastic tat into and shut the door every night so I wasn’t cursing Mr. Christiansen every time I stepped on another bit of Lego.
The room that is now our play room was just an added bonus really when we looked at the house. It used to be a reflexology room with a separate entrance for patients around the side of the house and a door leading through to the utility and downstairs bathroom. Before that, it was a garage and I think that is the reason I find it so difficult to envisage as it still retains that long and thin garage shape. In fact, I think it’s become my Sons own personal garage which houses all his latest Lego creations and has literally become an under 6 year old dumping ground of discarded crisp packets, Play Doh in the rug and mouldy apple cores thrown behind the sofa bed.
As the Play Room is only used by the kids in out of school hours, it has also become the perfect room to set up a small office space. I wanted to create different “zones” in the room which included a sofa bed if we needed extra space for people to stay over, an area for all the kid’s toys, a computer games area and an office space. What I’ve ended up with is a room with everything thrown in, a hand drawn mural because I couldn’t afford the wallpaper, Ikea furniture that is falling apart (probably down to the person who put it together… me! 😊) and a sofa bed that struggles to fit two over excited 6-year-old girls on for a sleepover. Time for a change!
I’m being increasingly drawn to biophilic design recently and I want to create a little nature haven with lots of colour in this room. I’m thinking natural colours, brick or floral wallpaper (that won’t come as a shock to anyone who follows me on Instagram!), lots of plants, shelving and sustainable furniture made from FSC wood, bamboo or rattan.
WEST ELM – Mid-Century Media Console – Acorn
WOODCHIP & MAGNOLIA – Real Red Brick Effect Wallpaper
LA REDOUTE INTERIEURS – Watford Vintage Table
LA REDOUTE INTERIEURS – Afaw Berber Rug
THE BATH WOODWORK CO. – Scaffold Board shelves
SOFA.COM – 2 Seat Bluebell Sofa in Olive
WEST ELM – Faux Fur Stacked Arrow Throw
WEST ELM – Sphere + Stem Table Lamp
WEST ELM – Mid-Century Narrow Bookshelf
WOODCHIP & MAGNOLIA – October Bloom Floral Wallpaper
This whole room revamp started with a green velvet sofa. Another one? I hear you shout. We did have a more than adequate dark blue sofa bed in the play room, but it was rather uncomfortable to sit on, so I found the kids sitting on the floor most of the time. Also, by trying to keep the kids out of the main living room, I wanted somewhere comfortable to sit when I’m joining them to watch another episode of Paw Patrol. Sofa.com* recently asked me if I would like another piece of furniture for my house and I immediately knew I wanted to change the sofa bed. I also knew that I really wanted the Olive fabric I turned down in favour of the Jade fabric we chose for the sofa in the living room, so we ordered an Olive Bluebell sofa bed and the play room revamp was born.
With the Olive colour being the main theme of the room, I realised I would have to make changes to the décor. The room is quite sterile at the moment with white walls and a large mural at the end of the room (still harking back to its clinic days). I like the mural but find it a little dark so I want to brighten up the room with more colour. I’m looking to wallpaper the back wall with either brick or floral wallpaper and depending on what I pick, either leave the rest of the room white, or if I go for a floral wallpaper, pick a shade from the pattern to paint the room in. I have put a few wallpapers that I love below, which one do you prefer? We also have a pink door in the room which I love, so hopefully this will still tie in with the rest of the décor. The sofa is already in the Playroom and I like how it looks against the pink door!
From Clockwise (all Woodchip & Magnolia) –
With the painting and decorating done, I will then be looking at getting some new furniture. I will probably keep the Ikea desk (for now), but we really need to replace the Ikea storage units we have which are falling apart and can’t fit anything inside them. I’ve always fancied getting some mid-century furniture (I’m forever scouring charity shops for a lucky find, it seems they’re in popular demand!) and I think it is a perfect pairing with the olive colour. We will be looking for a large media unit along one wall to house all the kid’s DVDs, board games and toys and perhaps a bookshelf to go next to the sofa. We won’t have room for a coffee table, the room is so narrow we’d end up doing the limbo under it every time we wanted to walk through the room. So, I will be looking for some side tables to fit comfortable next to the sofa. Again, like the pink door, I love my Emma J Shipley chair that is currently in the office space so will try and fit this into the décor.
We currently have a large La Redoute Afaw Berber-style rug in the room which we will be keeping as it’s monochrome tones pretty much go with anything! Plus, I don’t really want to fork out a lot of money for another rug when inevitably it will end up being a food absorber for the children. I will be looking at changing the curtains which are pink at the moment as I want to try and keep the pink to a minimum in the room. I have plenty of cushions I can use in this room, perhaps keep it to a monochrome vibe like the rug. I really like the abstract face cushions as seen in the photo above, I might even attempt to make my own!
I’d really like to add some modern touches in the form of lighting to the room and keep it to a biophilic design. I love beaded or bamboo chandeliers at the moment and again would look great with the natural feel of the room. I will also be looking for a lamp for the bookshelf because I have a real fear of the “big light” at night time! 🙂
Lots and lots of plants. I have finally got my hands on a large Fiddle Leaf Fig which will look great in this room, along with some hanging plants like the Lipstick Plant and String of Pearls which I will hang from the scaffold boards either above the TV or my office space.
And finally, to finish off the room, art! As the back wall will be wallpapered, I will keep the art to a minimum but I am looking to create a small gallery wall of abstract pieces around the TV and media unit.
It was just a change of sofa to begin with, but now it’s turned into a full room project! I can’t wait to get started on it and show you the results.
*The sofa was gifted by sofa.com as a collaboration to appear on all my channels