Recently I had a client who needed a little help with organization, which is weird because she’s the most organized person I have ever met! Do you ever walk into someone’s house and wonder why all the dust in the world comes to your house and not theirs? What the heck right?! How do people keep their homes so clean? After walking through her home and assessing what she needed, we determined, even though she was really good at organizing her daughter’s playroom, which should be an Olympic sport by the way, it still needed something. It needed design, it needed cohesiveness, it needed to not be so serious. Here’s the catch, it’s a playroom. They didn’t want to commit too
much to this little space that’s not really part of the living area of their home. I can’t blame them. I love my kids, but new floors and a dining room table kind of trump a cute play area. I was given a $200 budget… and I do love a challenge!
When you have a small budget, here’s a few tips to get the most out of your dollar.
Look around the room and find something that you can grow upon. I saw a few things in the room that had a color scheme of pink and green. Normally I’m not afraid to change color, but when working on a tight budget, sometimes working with what you got and tweaking how it’s being used can take you a long way.
Find one area in the room where you can add a wow factor. You really only need one. A focal point, and dramatic piece. It has to be bold, big or really really interesting. This is a must in every room. For this project we decided to add a chalkboard wall. I mean, come on! It’s a playroom and her daughter loved playing school! It was a no brainer! It was a big black wall. That can be a little scary, but when you add a gallery full of new art, her art and fun inspirational quotes in an organized beautiful mural, it can instantly look pulled together but in a dramatic way!
Listen to the client and give practicality. Playrooms are for kids, but if it’s just fun and not functional, adults are not going to be happy in the long run. My client needed book storage… lots and lots of book storage. We came up with the idea of making book slings that attached to the wall. They can be adjusted to make them wider and then can hold more books. Plus, it doesn’t take up floor space. I had never done this, but it turned out fantastic and it was my favorite part in the room.
Don’t forget the little touches! This play room had a fantastic chalkboard wall, a rock star reading nook, a great place where she could make a growing art gallery, but the thing she was most excited about was a $7 paper holder from IKEA. Seriously, $7 and she would have been happy. This is why I love kids so much, and I love doing playrooms. It doesn’t take much to satisfy them. You just have to understand what makes them happy. This little girl has a fantastic imagination. It was written all over her room. I knew the table needed a place where she could just unroll the paper and be creative. It was the first thing she went too and jumped for joy over, and I knew my job was complete!
When all was said and done we come under budget by $20… challenge met! My client was happy, her daughter was happy and that made me happy. Sometime you don’t need much to totally makeover a room. Just a few things to pull it all together and a creative plan to make it all work.