Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Playroom - II

Hi there! I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. It was a bit grey here, but perfect weather for the surprise project I completed for my son while he was on a special father-son camping trip. I'll be sharing that soon, but for now, let's get back to the playroom...

Last time, I showed you the new aqua paint and the gallery wall. Today, I want to share some more of the space and talk about color and pattern mixing. I'm going to bounce around a bit today to show you some comparisons regarding the way that color works.


Like here. This is right after we painted the walls (pre gallery wall) and started to put the room back together. You'll notice that this wall color changes quite a bit with varying lighting throughout the day. The first thing you see in this photo is the storage unit. The turquoise bins are the strongest element in the room at this point and definitely dominate the space and even wash out the wall color a bit.


Since this room is mainly for the boys, I let them choose the color of the storage cubes. They selected this bright turquoise, so it was important to find a way to keep them, but tone them down a bit. The answer? More color! Sounds a little crazy, but bear with me.


We did this in a few ways. The first was to create our gallery wall using a mix of color and finishes to balance the strong color and geometric pattern of the storage bins. Now, there is not just one point of saturated color. It is seen throughout and just feels better.

One thing that I would love to change is the light fixture on the ceiling. I'd love some sort of shade or pendant to add some whimsy... Maybe a good project idea for me and the boys to tackle?


Next, we added more storage bins to fill all the cubes. We toned down the punches of color with navy and blue-green colored cubes.


And of course, the chevron rug plays a huge part in the balancing act. See the first picture in this post again to compare. This rug used to be in a bedroom, but the colors were perfect for the playroom, so we relocated it. I had this rug in mind when selecting the additional navy and green cubes.

The nice thing about having a patterned rug here is that it hides any stains and protects the carpet underneath. I don't know about you, but my kids are constant snackers and definitely not the neatest eaters. This rug hides a multitude of sins. In layering pattern and color, we were able to create a cohesive, balanced space. Sometimes more is best.


Another way to infuse texture and color into your space is with throw pillows and blankets. This is my weakness. If I could buy all the pillows, I would. The pillow aisle at Homegoods is dangerous. Before purchasing any new pillows to throw into our existing mix, I decided that I wasn't going to spend much, since they'd most likely take a beating. I needed pillows that could withstand my kids, so indoor/outdoor pillows seemed like the best choice.

Always keep your eyes peeled for a deal everywhere you go. Sometimes the best things show up in unexpected places. The pillows I added here are from Walmart and Aldi. I happened upon them and snagged them because the price couldn't be more right. The multicolored geometric-patterned pillows were $3 each and the palm frond pillows were $5! It really doesn't get better than that, and I actually really love them!


Here, you can see how I layered different patterns and colors together to create an interesting mix. In order to achieve this kind of look, you need to find a common theme. One way to do that is through color. Choose a few colors and stick with that palette. You can always add a wild card in a complementary color. I chose greens, blues and coral. The animal print is my wild card because it strays from the main palette, but in my mind animal print acts as a neutral and always works.

Another way to create a pattern mix is through a specific style or vibe... Mine is an exotic, beachy feel. Think geometric, animal and organic prints for this type of look. You want to choose patterns in varying sizes to create some tension, otherwise your mix falls flat. The palm frond pattern is on the large side, the animal print a smaller scale, and the geometric is somewhere in the middle. 


Don't forget art! I fell in love with this pineapple canvas when I spotted it at Target. It was originally intended for my bathroom makeover, but the colors and pattern couldn't be more perfect for this room. It mimics the pattern and colors in the geometric pillows and is just so happy!

I'm loving all things pineapple right now. The pineapple is a symbol of warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality. I love the sentiment and it's exactly the vibe I want for our playroom. You'll be spotting more pineapple decor pieces in posts to come...

Look for part III in this series where I'll discuss how to incorporate kids' art, toys and projects into your decor to create a space that is reflective of both the kids and adults who enjoy it.

Have a great week!

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