Today I am giving you a sneak peek of the playroom I have been working on, which is not quite complete. Our playroom is on the 3rd floor of our home; we finished off the attic and turned the whole space into a playroom with a small full bath attached (in case it is ever needed as a bedroom). There is a game closet and in addition to that darn TV, most of the kids’ toys and crafts are all kept up here- so it is the first place they head to when they wake up on weekends!
The best part about having it on the 3rd level is when we are entertaining other couples with kids- all the children run upstairs to the playroom (where they are not seen or heard from, but are certainly causing havoc), and the adults can sit around downstairs and have our own fun!
We had some ugly duct work that was necessary (according to my builder anyways) sticking out against part of the wall on the right side, so to cover that we had a “fake” built in bench made, and an actual working built in bench added across from it for symmetry. In the middle I just drew up a simple but deep media cabinet.
After the builtins were done it became clear that wall would be the focal point of the room. Of course I needed some wallpaper to make it pop!
Before; a bit boring:
Every playroom for children needs something colorful to make it feel happy. Something bright and memorable that makes the playroom pop. It could be a piece of vintage furniture painted a bright shade of pink or green. It could be gallery wall full of bright photos and artwork. But my favorite and easiest way to make a playroom pop is wallpaper. I recently had some success with the cactus mural in Leo’s room, and I wanted to do it again!
Here is the after:
I fell in love with this pattern from Urban Walls. It reminded me of a fresh modern take on a buffalo check you would see in boys’ bedrooms in my childhood days. My husband never has an opinion on design, but he commented that the print gave him a nostalgic feel of his childhood. Of course I used their peel and stick paper, since it’s just better not to ruin the drywall underneath in my opinion. My only advice on installation is to make sure you have a level because even new walls are crooked! 🤪
It took me several nap times to complete. In progress:
I hope to hit all the boxes of must haves for this playroom - a gallery wall of art, a comfy sofa, a record player for their music, a spot for reading, an arts and crafts table, and allllll. the. toys. I can’t wait to show you how it all comes together in a few weeks!
Here is my dream board: