One of the main reasons we bought our house was its finished basement. Although children weren't on the horizon when we bought our home, we knew eventually it would make a great playroom/ place to watch tv that is somewhat separate from the "entertaining" space on the main level.
Like most basements, even though our playroom has windows and an exterior door with windows, natural light is a challenge. Recess lighting helps, and I also used colors that are light and bright, navy and coral, which work well with larger neutral pieces.
It's a little bit pattern crazy, but I figure you can go a little brighter in the playroom than elsewhere in a home. Thank you to the talented Katharine Fuchs for photographing! If you live in the Charlotte area and want a talented yet reasonable photographer, hire her!
In designing this space, I mixed a few pieces of "high" with a large amount of "low" in this room. The Brunschwig fabric on the roman shades was a splurge, but window treatments are usually pretty safe from markers and sticky fingers. The bookshelves and tv stand are all "high gloss white" pieces from Ikea.
I used Quadrille fabric on the chrome chairs, because it added just the right pop of color. The C Jere sailboat sculpture hanging over the fireplace was an estate sale find. The rug is from the Pottery Barn Outlet ages ago. Expedit bookshelves are a great way to store toys!
My children both have a little Ikea Lack end table desk and baby Bertoia chair where they can color, play with Play Doh, and read.
Pierced blanc de chine lamps add a chinoserie touch to the room- since my husband and I do spend time here, too, I wanted at least one area of the room to be slightly more sophisticated than the rest. (No, I'm not talking about the giant leather sofa...)
My children love having a wide open space where they can play with their toys and their friends!
Our sweet little redhead approves!
Thanks for letting me share our home with you!