Artsy Playroom

Homeowners Christine and Anthony So want their boring spare room to be a fun playroom where their daughters can dance and play. Designer Karen McAloon transforms the space using less than $50 and things they already have.

  • Before: This room is being called the playroom just because it has all the large toys that don't fit upstairs in it, but the homeowners want it to really be a creative place for their young daughters to play in.
  • After: A corner bench provides much-needed seating and neatly stores the baskets of toys underneath. New vent covers with gold fabric panels finish the fireplace nicely and tie it in with the new window treatments that add softness and warmth. paint: walls: Mighty Aphrodite 1397; trim and door: Decorators White; accent colors: Glen Ridge Gold 301 and Raintree Green 1496) (Benjamin Moore)
  • Before: There isn't much light in this neglected room, which makes the family that lives here tired when they spend time in it. They want to add more life, storage and wall decorations to tie it all together.
  • After: Purple walls, a revamped chalkboard and futon, plus new artwork by the girls and their parents set the tone for creativity. More gold panels hung on scrap wood balance the wall color and artwork can be attached to them with clothespins for a rotating art display.
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