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Before & After: Dull, Lifeless Space to Colorful Playroom

published Oct 2, 2013
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Homeowner Kathleen would be the first to say that this room in her house was just kind of sad. It was intended as a playroom for her kids, ages 6 and 9, and as a place for the family to hang out together. With paint, some new furniture and colorful accessories she was able to breathe life into the room to make it a vibrant, stimulating part of the home. She even found a way to make the big brown couch work in the space.

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Kathleen shares the details of bringing this room to life:

To begin, this was the dullest little playroom – no life, no color, no light, no organization, no nothing. So I started with selecting the base color for this space. A color that would be great as an accent adding a little extra umph, but blending seamlessly in with other colors. I selected a beautiful shade of pumpkin orange because it is a great unisex color, can grow with the kiddies – transitioning nicely across the ages, and it’s fresh, it’s bold, and can pack a colorful punch!

Based on the pumpkin orange, I used a mix of colorful patterns for custom pillows to liven up the space and add interest. The walls remained a creamy vanilla to balance out all the color in the space and a chalkboard wall was added on the anchor wall to ground the space and add a sense of depth. To fill up the massive wall behind the sofa, a gallery wall was created to display beautiful art created by the kiddies, all in crisp white frames.

While keeping some furniture pieces, other pieces (bookshelves, side tables, and ottomans) were carefully selected to provide much needed storage. Some of the pieces were refinished/upholstered to compliment the design.

The kiddies absolutely love this space! It’s a space that’s fun for the kiddies and equally as fitting for mom and dad’s design taste. Thanks Kathleen! Readers, visit Kathleen at her blog
Kaydehin Design. She has also shared a

(Images: Kaydehin Design)