Childhood is so fleeting. My oldest is 12 now, and I find myself wondering, Where did the time go?! Since we moved into our home a little over a year ago I have been thinking about how to decorate the playroom for my childrens broad range of ages, 2 to 12. I have window shopped, looked at Pinterest of course, and came up with some ideas that would work in our space. I decided to use a rainbow color scheme and began by picking some fun valances for the windows from Etsy.
This is the list of elements I wanted to incorporate in the playroom:
- A cozy spot for reading.
- A wall or two to display our children’s art.
- A place for a chalkboard.
- A bit of open area for a little soccer, wrestling, and dance parties!
- A spot for an exercise machine.
For the reading nook I found some fun colorful pillows and pillow covers at Hobby Lobby. The larger pillows were $34.99 and the pillow covers in their fabric section range from $7.99 to 14.99 and I waited for the 50% off sale for all of them. (I am not sure if I have enough pillows?) For the bench cushion I found a foam pad and some cozy fabric for 40% off at Joann’s. Above the window I put some of my favorite pictures of the kids at the sweet age of 2-3 years old. This spot is perfect because it is free from flying balls!
I have had boxes and folders full of our children’s art and have wanted to make a unique display with them. So I bought black cardstock and backed all the pictures for a simple and inexpensive gallery wall look! They love it! I found a great quote for the wall by Pablo Picasso, “Every child is an artist.” I purchased the vinyl lettering on Etsy as well as the playroom sign. The large H is from Hobby Lobby.
I picked a corner of the room for the chalkboard and found some educational posters to put with it. The banner across the chalkboard and at the entrance of the room was made from one of my paper pads. I laminated the triangles, hole punched, and then threaded them with ribbon.
I had some extra fabric for some little valances over the playhouse windows. I was riffling through my craft box and discovered I did not have enough Velcro or hooks to attach them to the wall and so they are taped on with thick scotch tape, I will use Velcro later! (The curtains were a last minute addition) You just use what you’ve got!With all of that, we luckily still have an open space for soccer, wrestling, and dance parties! A must at our house! We do not have basements in our area because we live near a lake and the water table is too high, but this space more than makes up for not having a basement.
If you do not have a playroom there are so many different ways to create reading nooks, display art, etc. I have included some of my favorite pins to get other wonderful ideas. With some of these pins you can see all you will need is a corner or just a wall! The possibilities are endless. Also Follow our Pinterest board HERE for other decorating ideas!
What spaces have you created in your home for your children? Share your ideas!