One of the side benefits of working on other people's rooms is that it inspires me to work on mine! This is the first room I started on when we bought our house almost three years ago, and even though it's not really for me, it's one of my favorite rooms in our house!
I don't have a before picture, but just imagine a dark, brown, sad little room. We are currently a homeschool family, so I wanted a playroom on our main floor that could grow into a schoolroom over time. The first thing I did was paint those dark walls white! White walls can be underappreciated, but I knew that in a playroom I was going to be adding lots of color, so I wanted a clean background. And I brought color in on a different "wall": the ceiling!
Because this is a playroom, I didn't want anything too expensive or fragile, so I got creative with a few of the design elements. A large map of the United States was a fun way to fill up a blank wall and start the "schoolroom" theme, but by framing it directly to the wall it was also very inexpensive. Two simple toy boxes make for easy clean-up and hide a lot of clutter!
A couple of bookracks made with some basic boards plus a comfy bean bag makes a great reading corner. For the artwork, I let my daughter get creative with some watercolors then added some white letters for a easy but one-of-a-kind art!
The bookshelf was a dated 80s style piece that got a second life with a fresh coat of paint and holds our school supplies. The table and chairs pull together all of our primary colors for the space, and the hanging cups and clip-boards make this feel like an art corner.
The sunlight was so bright this morning that it wasn't the best for pictures, but I can't really complain -- it's spring!
One of the best parts of the room (from a kid's perspective) is the corner "market". With just a few PVC pipes, a yard or so of fabric, and a basic storage cubby, we have hours of creativity as it becomes a store, a restaurant, or anything a kid can dream up!
None of the additions are permanent so the room can change if and when our needs change, but for now it feels fun and fresh and inspires creativity!