I shared a little bit of the process when it came to this sweet little girl’s playroom last week (you can check that out here, if you missed it!). And today I’m pretty pumped to be revealing all of the final photos…
For this project in particular, we were starting with a mostly blank canvas, which is obviously my very favourite place to begin. When I was brought on, the walls had already been painted a shade of grey-blue (which you can’t really see properly in the before photo). And while the colour itself was actually quite lovely in person, it did make the room feel quite dark and cavernous. Naturally, my primary mission was to brighten everything up so that it became a space in which this sweet family actually wanted to spend a significant amount of time in. And while this baby girl is just over a year old now, her parents envisioned lots of movie nights, slumber parties, and rainy days snuggling, reading, and playing together in this very space in the years to come.
We got to work by giving the walls a lick of the softest blush paint colour (all of the sources are listed at the bottom of the post – including all of the paint colours if you’re looking for them). That change alone instantly breathed some life into the room.
In addition, we knew that we wanted to add some custom millwork along the back wall. There’s just something about built-ins that instantly sets one room apart from another. In addition to proving a ton of functionality, both storage wise and reading-nook wise, it also served to conceal the bump out in the wall (ducts and chimney stacks will forever be my nemesis’!), which more than appeased my design loving heart.
From there, lighting became our next order of business. My client had already purchased and installed a really lovely pendant fixture that I was more than happy to work around. But in order to create a room that has a ton of depth and interest, you really do want to play around with layers of lighting, which is exactly what we did. In addition to the ceiling fixture, we added some wall sconces on the built-in, a lamp in the corner, and a picture light to highlight the loveliest photo of the most beautiful ballerina.
Designing kids’ rooms may be my very favourite type of room to design if for no other reason than nothing really needs to be overly precious. You can really have fun with pattern, colour, texture and the like. In fact, typically when it comes to these sort of spaces, the more is often the merrier. So we really took that idea and ran with it. We kept things classically feminine by sticking to a mostly pink and lavender colour palette but kept things interesting by having fun with pattern. From the striped accent wall, to the floral bench cushion, to the second life rug, and the millions of pillows, there wasn’t a single pattern that was left off the table. And in the end, we ended up with a really dynamic space that feels playful, yet sophisticated, and anything but boring.
And while I am really thrilled with how every piece came together, what excites me more than anything else is knowing that I’ve played a small role in fostering some really wonderful memories for this sweet little girl, and her incredible family, as they grow and enjoy this space together.
I am sharing all of our sources below, in case there was something in particular that caught your eye. But I will warn you that a number of items are available to the trade only. So with that in mind, I’ll be back next week to show you how you, too, could achieve a similar look in your playroom with all items that are readily available and shoppable.
Table Lamp: Crate & Barrel | Picture Light: Trade Only | Wall Sconces: Trade Only | Book Shelves/Ledges: Ikea | Wallpaper: Cole & Sons – Polo Stripe in soft pink | Abstract Pillow: West Elm | Existing Rug: Wayfair | Mauve Geode Pillows: PepperB | Bloom Pillows: PepperB | Bench Cushion: Custom | Bench Cushion Fabric: Rebecca Atwood – Floral Collage – Multi-Blush | Millwork Hardware: Rejuvenation | Roman Shade: Custom | Roman Shade Fabric: Savannah Hayes – Bodrum Sable | Pink Pillows: Tonic Living | Daybed: Pottery Barn | Side Table: Pottery Barn | Sheets: Pottery Barn | Baskets: Serena & Lily | Existing Rug: Wayfair | Millwork: Custom | Millwork Colour: Benjamin Moore – OC27 – Balboa Mist | Wall Colour: Para Paint – P5181.14 – Giddy Up
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