Palette always needs to be considered first when planning a playroom. The items you buy need to fit into a palette so you should consider the colors of the furniture you have or want when picking wall and trim colors. I am a firm believer that there should be an element of fun when picking "kid" colors. Bright turquoise on the windows in this room plays off the reds in the window treatments to create great color energy. We had a garden theme in mind for this room, and so the palette is an array of greens, with a light neutral green on the walls, turquoise on the windows, light blue grey on the floor (with bright green grass of course) and a dark teal on the ceiling. The overall effect is very calm, it really does recreate the feeling of being in a shaded garden.
Storage is perhaps the most key when creating a playroom. You have to keep it accessible to the children, this way they can learn from early on how to pick up after themselves. This long wall of storage cubbies is perfect for organizing toys and making cleanup fast and easy. Mismatched and uncategorized toys get thrown into the storage benches out of sight! The bookshelves have super deep lower shelves for those giant kid books, and the stools in front of the shelves allow the kids to climb up and get what they want down. I always advocate for the type of shelf that mounts to the wall so there is never a risk of them being toppled by a tiny climber.
3. Imagination Stations
Something that every preschool gets so right is play centers. They all have a blocks area, a painting area, and several other zones. This is where you can get really specific to your child's interests. My kids love playing in costumes. Additionally one of my son's favorite scenes in a movie ever is where they set up beach tents on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. So we decided to make a dress up cabana play area for this playroom. We also have a table setup for doing puzzles and projects, a long row of cubbies for driving cars along, and an art easel station.
Keeping a garden theme in mind, we tried to go with wood tones and greens, with reds and oranges for accents. A soft astroturf rug was cut to fit the space ( you need a thick rug pad for this). A rug or floor choice in a playroom needs to be chosen based on durability just as much as fun! This astroturf is super tough and will never show a stain. Inexpensive fabric was chosen for the window treatments, and the window treatments are made to be inset so nobody is tempted to hang like a monkey from a curtain. I chose to make them myself with magnetic snaps to create a roman shade function rather than a cord or expensive cordless system. The fabric for the daybed is incredibly thick, durable, and washable. The wood table in the center of the room is a 300 year old buddhist prayer table, and it is virtually indestructible! I could do a tap dance on it, in fact, tap dances should be your litmus test for anything you put in a playroom.
Kids love to move things around! Big pillows that move and rolling bins are so important for play spaces, because kids need to feel free to transform the space to fit whatever game is going on at the time. These storage benches are on rollers, and so is the day bed. They can be moved to create forts, boats, walls, or whatever else the boys are imagining at the time. Creating a space where they have some control of the arrangement can help them make it their own.
Most of all have fun!! Toy are so much fun to look at, let them be out on display. Think back to your play pretend dreams as a child, and use that. If you have fun putting it together, then they will have fun playing there!