Playtime – Playful Interiors for the Grown Ups Too

There is something hugely liberating about designing and decorating children’s bedrooms. Out go any inhibitions about bold colour and pattern, in come jungle themes, rainbow ceilings and sorbet-coloured woodwork. Almost enough to make you jealous isn’t it?

Well this year the grown ups are fighting back. In 2018 we have seen an explosion of interiors that manage to incorporate fun and quirky elements whilst still maintaining a stylish feel.

The easiest way to achieve this look is, of course, with a simple coat of paint.

Front door painted in Babouche, by Farrow & Ball, @livedin365

Last month I was suddenly gripped by the urge to paint the inside of our front door a bright, sunny yellow. Whilst the rest of the décor sensibly reflects the era of our 1920s property with a tiled floor and art deco furnishings the door is an unexpected twist that puts a smile on our faces every time we head downstairs.

Farrow & Ball’s recent #FaBWholeRoom campaign also showcased this trend, encouraging customers to think beyond their walls and add colour to stairs, ceilings, floors and trims. Their collaboration with Geraldine at Little Big Bell saw them transform her staircase into something a bit magical but which still oozes class thanks to their Enigma geometric pattern.

Picture courtesy of Farrow & Ball

We are also beginning to see wallpaper originally designed for children’s bedrooms employed throughout the house.

Brands such as Wild Hearts Wonder are producing patterns that are just too good to use only in the nursery and which, when teamed with more grown up elements add an element of fun without compromising on style. Ferm Living also produce a range of wallpapers that can work just as well in a study or living room as in a kids’ bedroom.

Picture courtesy of House of Botta

Another way to add a playful element is with tiles. Tile Mountain demonstrate how using candy coloured mosaics can create a playful look that is still worthy of any boudoir. The beauty of mosaic tiles is that they also give you the opportunity to make specific pattern or wording in your wall or floor pattern. Think adding a positive message to your bathroom floor as a great way to start the day or a welcoming message in your hall in lieu of a door mat.

So how to get the look? Here are a few pointers that should steer you in the right direction:

1. Focus on colour and pattern that you are instantly drawn to but may have previously dismissed as unsuitable. If you need inspiration create a Pinterest board of things that make you smile and narrow it down over the course of a few days to help you determine which elements will work.
2. Start with something simple like adding bright colour to a door or cupboard. This will give you the confidence to go for something bolder in another room.
3. Keep the quirky elements to a minimum, more than one or two can overwhelm the room and give it too much of a childish tone. Katie from Come Down to the Woods demonstrates this perfectly in her playroom. A bold green fireplace and fun artwork to give the room a lively tone but with a simple colour scheme as a backdrop and grown up lighting to add balance.

Picture courtesy of @comedowntothewoods

Most of all let your imagination run free, this is one trend that gives you the opportunity to have fun so go for it!