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The Playroom

By Blake Miller and Lauren Blake

Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

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When Jacy Painter Kelly’s clients first approached her for help in designing their two kids’ playroom, they were initially only looking for help in choosing paint colors. But what began as a simple color consultation morphed into a complete transformation of the TK-square-foot playroom that the homeowners’ children, ages 12 and 4, could spend time working on arts and crafts and playing games as well as work on homework and school projects. The biggest challenge: the age gap between their daughter, who is 12, and their son, who is 4. “The age difference proved to be the biggest obstacle [in the design process],” says Kelly of finding an aesthetic that was both gender neutral and age appropriate for both kids. The result: an entertaining room—designed on a budget—that fits both kids’ needs now and that will grow with them as they do. “I knew it needed to function for both children in the family,” says Kelly, “and I didn't want anyone to outgrow either of them anytime soon.”

What did the room look like before?
“The house is only a couple years old so it had basic builder taupe walls and ceilings with base lighting. The sofa, lounger chair, and ottoman were in the room already, but it was otherwise bare.”

How would you describe the room's aesthetic?
“We went for fun and functional! There are some modern twists, like the Ikea storage systems, but I also used some industrial elements by adding the galvanized buckets for small toy storage and the open cage industrial lights. I went for some whimsy and fun with the rainbow zebra art by local artist Britton Buist, and tied it together with the rug and pillows. The chalk wall makes a bold statement while keeping lines clean and fresh.”

Why do you think this room works well for this family?
“It’s not too feminine or too masculine. It is an ageless space that works for both a young child and a pre-teen. His toys have a home and she has a hang-out space.”

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