Playful Design Ideas All Around the House
Check out these fun ideas from HGTV Magazine that are sure to liven up any spot. It's game time!
Designer Lexi Westergard knew just what to hang in her Scrabble-obsessed client’s Mesa, Arizona, home. The giant board, from RH, informed the rest of the decor. “We tied the pillows and rug to the pink and blue blocks so the design felt cohesive,” she says. So, does anyone really use the board? “All the time!”
Word Search Wall
“You have to give yourself permission to play around with design,” says Jasmine Roth, host of Help! I Wrecked My House, who had this custom word search painted on a stairwell wall. She leaned into the game theme even harder with a Connect 4–inspired railing. “At first my husband was like, ‘You’ve gone too far,’ but now it makes us both smile.”
With “buildings” inspired by New York City, this Chevy Chase, Maryland, basement takes the idea of a playhouse to a new level. “My clients wanted to bring big-city magic to their home,” says Anne Gillyard of grOH! Playrooms. Monkey bars, a foam pit and a climbing wall complete the cool setup.
“I’d been dreaming of putting Lego bricks in a kitchen since I saw the idea 10 years ago,” says designer Racheal Jackson. She finally got the chance after moving into her Vancouver, Washington, home. She stayed up all night stacking and then wedging pieces between the peninsula’s trim.
This was a first for Austin, Texas, architect Tim Brown, whose client suggested a slide as a way to connect a space between kids’ rooms and the laundry. It’s made by a company that supplies slides to firehouses. Now the whole family loves it, says Tim. “They even use it as a laundry chute!”
Homeowner Candace Barber had been looking for a sophisticated but whimsical way to finish her Wilmington, North Carolina, side yard. She worked with the team at Konrady & Son to build a chessboard using simple square pavers laid over gravel. Then, she added oversize game pieces from MegaChess. “I like bringing a little competition to a party,” she says.