Kerri's Family Room in the Basement

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Name: Three kids ages 8 and 2.5 (twins)
Location: Canada

We recently renovated the basement space in our home so we'd have a family room space that our 3 young kids could enjoy. Our goal was to create a bright and cheerful space that they would love to spend time in. So we intentionally kept the style of the room very whimsical and playful - with fun pops of color.

s soon as you enter the space, you're greeted with an 'alphabet wall' in the stairway (with big chunky letters of each of our initials) that creates a "playtime" vibe. The space itself is an eclectic mix of modern (e.g., lamps and accessories) and cottage (e.g., beadboard and painted wooden furniture) with a touch of bohemian style.

Our nearly-8-year-old daughter shares the space with her two 2.5 year old twin brothers, so our challenge was to make it work functionally for all of them. For example, the wall storage system from IKEA was a great solution because it keeps her coloring leads and markers within her reach, but out of our two-year old boys' hands.

Source List:
Wall paint colors: Benjamin Moore Ashley Gray & Lyons Red
Door color: Benjamin Moore Arctic Blue
Stairway wall letters: collected over time at then painted
'Bird with french fry' art: Studio Mela, Etsy
Craft desk, chairs, wall storage: all from IKEA
Lamps on Craft Table: Better Homes & Gardens line at Walmart
Bright cushions: all from Pier One (2011)
Movie Reels: Pier One (then I spray painted them)
Red Lamps: Debbie Travis, Canadian Tire
Art above craft table: Studio Mela, Etsy
Wooden trunk: antique / auction find
White Fireplace: LaZyBoy Furniture Gallery

Thanks Kerri! Readers, see more of this colorful basement family room on A Pop of Pretty.

(Images: Kerri Roche)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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