My Playroom: Little Tomato

My Playroom: Little Tomato

Carrie McBride
Apr 4, 2011

What looks good on the page, looks wonderful on the walls in this beautiful playroom. Mia was inspired by Finn's Skyline mural and created this one: The room was inspired by a children's book author/ illustrator Laura Ljungvist. She uses bold colors and accentuates the geometry of objects in a unique and graphically dynamic way.

Ljungvist's"Follow the Line" series of books are some of my favorites to read with my daughter because she formats the books to be read as both a story and an activity (ex. "How many pickles are in the jar?", "What shape is the swiss cheese?", and "Which foods are green?") which is an excellent way to practice basic learning concepts at the end of the day with her bedtime book. I used the same geometric style on the mural with the idea that it would be both an element of art and educational exercises for us.

The room is fairly standard at approximately 10' x 11', but due to its location in the house, it has a big window and arched ceiling. I made the wall color split horizontally into a light green 'ground' and a warm white 'sky'. By making the upper wall such a light color, it made the room feel much larger and accentuated the height of the ceiling.

My main challenge: patience. Since most everything was geometric, it was *very* important to make everything square to the wall and each other. I spent an inordinate amount of time measuring and leveling the buildings so they were straight. Painting also was a tedious task, as it took several coats of paint plus touch-ups *on every single item*. And tape. Lots and lots of tape (I mean, look at all those windows!).

Thanks Mia! Readers, you can find out about Mia's design process and some very good tips for executing this project on her blog Piccolina Designs.

(Images: Mia/Piccolina Designs)

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