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Playroom Media Room Design Plans

Playroom Media Room Design Plans | blesserhouse.com - A modern rustic playroom / media room combo that's cheerful and cozy.

The more we check entire room makeovers off of our house to-do list, the more I realize how close we are to finishing all of them! After wrapping the kitchen makeover the other week, I figured it would all be an easy downhill ride with the last couple of blank rooms in our house.

But then, I got major creativity block. I sat in our playroom for days just staring at it (I mean… along with Olivia dressing me up like a pretty pretty princess and brewing imaginary pots of tea).

It’s been great to let her make a mess in here and to hardly care what it looks like, but I’ve always wanted to make this space more functional.

UPDATE: See the full playroom makeover reveal here!

Playroom Media Room Design Plans | blesserhouse.com - A modern rustic playroom / media room combo that's cheerful and cozy.

I’ve finally been able to sort of wrap my brain around this one since it’s been so overwhelming figuring out where to start on such a blank canvas. So far, this is what I’m envisioning.

Playroom Media Room Design Plans | blesserhouse.com - A modern rustic playroom / media room combo that's cheerful and cozy.

Even though this room has mostly been Olivia’s playroom from the beginning, I’ve really wanted to make it into a combo playroom / media room / craft room that can be versatile for all three of us.

The idea is to make it a casual space with plenty of storage for Olivia’s toys, room to spread out with future homework and craft projects, and a place where we can crash on the couch for a game night (or a billionth showing of Frozen).

With that tall order in mind, this is the design plan so far: (Affiliate links are provided below for convenience. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

  1. Built-Ins:  When we first moved in, I knew I wanted to install built-ins on this wall, and that was pretty much the extent of my good ideas.

Playroom Media Room Design Plans | blesserhouse.com - A modern rustic playroom / media room combo that's cheerful and cozy.

But then when Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors shared her wood wall, she gave me that lightbulb moment I’d been waiting for. A few months ago, Robert and I found some old weathered fence boards nearly for free on Craigslist that we’re hoping will be perfect for adding some interest around a TV and these Billy Bookcases from IKEA.

We’ll make the bookcases built-ins by anchoring them to the wall and adding molding to the top. We might build a bench seat similar to what Rachel did with a liftable top for extra toy or board game storage too.

Playroom Media Room Design Plans | blesserhouse.com - A modern rustic playroom / media room combo that's cheerful and cozy.

 2. Windows:  We’ll most definitely be adding our DIY molding around the windows, and I’m thinking of some curtains panels with a bit of texture like these navy burlap curtains.

Playroom Media Room Design Plans | blesserhouse.com - A modern rustic playroom / media room combo that's cheerful and cozy.

3. Artwork:  On the back wall, we’ll be framing a grid of corkboard to make it an easily changeable space to display Olivia’s artwork.

4. Sofa:  We bought our current sofa 5 years ago when Robert and I first got married, and it still has plenty of life left in it. I’m hoping the shape will make it really easy to slipcover with a white cotton fabric that I can bleach up yucky kiddo stains and throw them into the wash when I need to.

5. Coffee Table:  I’d love a versatile coffee table like this trunk that we could also keep Legos inside of without slamming on little fingers and a white Lego baseplate on top to make it a fun spot where Olivia can build.

Playroom Media Room Design Plans | blesserhouse.com - A modern rustic playroom / media room combo that's cheerful and cozy.

6. Rug:  I wanted to incorporate more color than I usually do, and I’m completely smitten for this rug I found that is colorful and playful but still subtle.

Playroom Media Room Design Plans | blesserhouse.com - A modern rustic playroom / media room combo that's cheerful and cozy.

7. Pillows:  I’m sure these will change down the road, but these pillows would be cute coordinated with the rug that I’m head over heels for.

8. Homework/Craft Station:  This half wall would be perfect for a long, skinny table similar to this table from IKEA that I could pair with these wood and metal chairs so that Olivia and I can craft together or she can work on school projects in a year or two.

Playroom Media Room Design Plans | blesserhouse.com - A modern rustic playroom / media room combo that's cheerful and cozy.

9. Ceiling Fan / Lighting:  We’re sort of ceiling fan junkies around here, and I’m a big “fan” (sorry had to…ha!) of this weathered gray one to replace our small, basic fixture.

For the paint color, I’m still debating between a light warm gray or a clean, white shiplap all over look. But since we’ll still have carpet in here, I’m thinking shiplap will look a bit odd. The jury’s still out on the wall color situation.

I’m still letting the plans marinate for a little bit on this whole room, but I’m pretty confident most of these ideas are here to stay.

What do you think so far?! Do you have a playroom in your house that needs some love? Or do you have any great storage solutions that you use to corral the toy chaos? Are there any ideas you have for this space? I’m all ears over here.

Oh, and in case you missed it yesterday, I’ve been thinking of interviewing Robert a.k.a. the crazy grunt labor around here and letting him take over the blog for the day. I’d love to get some questions to ask him from you guys!  Click here to submit your questions for him.

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26 Comments

  1. Can I come play in it?! So beautiful and functional as it will not out grow your daughter anytime soon. I just wanted to give you a handy tip on your IKEA couch. I have 6 white Iktorp pieces and I absolutely love them. Even with 4 kids they always look like new with a wash. I actually washed them all today which made me think to mention this to you. When you dry the covers don’t dry them all the way. I dry mine just enough so they are still damp and I put them back on. This makes it sooooo much easier to put back on. If you dry them completely you will feel like you are going through labor all over again 🙂 One of my covers actually tore at a seem when I dried it completely and I pulled to hard. Again, you have done an awesome job! I always look forward to what you’ve been up to.

  2. Lauren, I really enjoy your blog and have used your printables in my home. Where did you get the plants in the galvanized pots that flank your front door? I would like that look. If it’s IKEA, what would I search for as I’m not close to a store and have to order on line. Thanks so much, Stacee.

    1. Thank you, Stacee! So… I found those topiaries beside our front door at IKEA around January/February at a steal of $10 each marked down from $30. But it was because they were discontinuing them. Last time I went to my local IKEA, they were completely gone. So I don’t think you can buy them anymore. My only guess would be maybe try Ebay? I’ve seen similar ones at HomeGoods before too.

  3. Hi! I just want to give you some food for thought. I have a window seat with storage in my mud room. You access the storage by lifting the lid. I wish I had drawers or cupboards with pull-out shelves instead for easier access! Your idea board shows pillows on the storage seat, so you’ll need to move those, at the least, to open it. I want my mudroom to be the staging area for things that are going out the door….a friend’s casserole dish, a bag for the thrift store, a sweater someone wants to borrow. You get the idea. Anyway, whatever is on top, must be moved to lift the lid. I suggest you think about what you will be using it for and if it is something you won’t use very often, like bedding for a pull-out couch when company comes, the lift up lid may work. If it is for things Olivia will want to access, DVD’s, games, toys, I’d think about drawers or pull-out shelves behind cupboard doors. If you do go with the lift up lid, remember the safety type of hinge! I know you will! Can’t wait to follow this project!

  4. I love your ideas so far – especially the wall incorporating the book cases and the old boards/wood! Can’t wait to see what you come up with – you always have such good ideas! Happy Friday!

    1. Thanks, Amy! The rug is my favorite too. 🙂 I was feeling totally stuck until I found that little gem and then it all fell into place.

  5. I’m excited to see it come to fruition!!! I love the mockup which looks so real. I totally love the bookcases flanking the rustic wood. You started the theme of touches of wood and it just looks awesome.

    1. Thanks, Gwen! I’m excited to see it all come together too. I don’t know if I started the theme but I sure do love it. 😉

    1. Thanks, Susan! I’m ready for that craft happy place too. Glad you have a room that inspires you now. 🙂

  6. You have certainly put a great deal of thought and planning into this space,and it shows! It will be uber functional,as well as a great hang out space for your entire family for years to come.
    Functional,warm and cozy are my immediate thoughts.
    Can’t wait to see it when you pull it all together!
    I SO enjoy your blog. Blessings!

  7. You have a great vision! Don’t you just love it when it finally clicks! That’s half the battle——-I have been wanting to do some shiplap somewhere in our house but now after seeing the pallet wall I may just change my mind. I love the different textures that you are planning, and yes that rug is amazing. I can’t wait to see the final reveal! I agree with Moriah, this may turn out to be your favorite spot in the whole house!

    1. Thank you, Marci! Yes! Love it when that “ah ha” moment hits. I think it’ll be a space that can grow with us since I tried to make it playful but not too kiddyish.

  8. Love the ideas and wow!! Gorgeous plank wall! I’d love to do something similar in my basement (aka boy zone) but running them vertical about 3/4 up the wall and them trimming them out. Love the warm rustic vibe!

    1. I love it too! I think vertical would look great. That’s the good thing about it. It seems like you can do it several different ways. A herringbone pattern would be really pretty too… don’t know if I have the patience for that one but maybe someone else would. 🙂

  9. Lauren, I think this room might become one of your favorite places in the house. It’s going to look very cozy and be functional. 🙂 I love Rachel’s pallet/bookcase/TV wall, too. Just not sure my hubby is quite ready to do another pallet wall so I’m waiting to mention this project idea 😉

    1. Haha! I know the feeling. We have to wait for the perfect moment to break it to the hubbies, right? 😉 I agree. I think this will be a room that will become full of memories.

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