When you work in and write about interiors, it's so hard to walk in to a room and not immediately think about the changes that you'd make to it. I'm not just talking about painting the walls white, but yes, that mostly is the first thing that pops in to my head. Often, I want to take up floors or carpets, add more lights, change curtains for blinds, address the inevitable storage issues, and generally switch things around. The problem is, when you have a whole house to deal with, all that taking up, adding, changing, addressing and switching takes a lot of time and an extraordinary amount of money.
And it can be overwhelming.
We've been in our new home for a little over five months now, and while we have a notebook filled with plans, our biggest hurdle seems to be identifying what to tackle first. Every room needs tweaking somehow (and a couple of walls need to come down) but it's hard to choose one job over another, never mind having to save up for all of the work, too. It's a slow process but we don't want to get it wrong. We're not serial decorators; we like to choose things for the long haul.
Because there's nothing technically wrong with it, the playroom/corridor/TV area is lingering at the bottom of our to do list. It's the room where pieces of furniture have been pushed against walls without much thought and my five year old's mountainous Lego collection has taken residence and taken over (he'd tidied it somewhat for these photos, it's normally much worse).
It's just a bit blah, right?
While we might not be in a position to completely revamp it, there are three things that I think will make a massive difference. They're basically the three things that form the foundations of any good room:
- Blank canvas walls - yes, you guessed it, I'm desperate to wield my pure brilliant white-coloured paintbrush in here.
- Better lighting - there's not a great deal of natural light in the room so we need to rethink ceiling lights, wall lights and other clever ways of brightening the space.
- Beautiful flooring - the current carpet is okay but we fell for the parquet flooring in our old apartment in Switzerland and think this is the perfect room to recreate the look that we loved so much.
When we were considering putting parquet flooring in our last house, we picked up several samples from our local flooring shop and all the ones that we gravitated towards were from Woodpecker Flooring. It would seem that we have a 'type'. So it was Woodpecker that I turned to for the playroom, specifically samples from the elegant Goodrich parquet flooring range. The range is both beautiful and practical, and good wooden flooring has so much more longevity than carpet particularly for rooms that are well-used like this one.
These are my three favourites:
Goodrich Cotton Oak
On the lighter side, and incredibly natural looking, is the Goodrich cotton oak. The grain in this finish really stands out. For Scandi lovers, this would be a dream.
So which would work best in our well-used family-friendly space?
Well, we all agree that the Goodrich ecru oak is for us.
It has the really natural, modern feel that we love and would work well in the room while it's the boys' playroom and TV room but would look even better when the boys are older and I turn the space in to more of a casual living/reading/entertaining area for us all to use (no Lego allowed, obviously).
Unable to stop myself from conjuring up the perfect aesthetic, here's how I see it looking in a few years time - natural flooring and tactile materials combined with my beloved blues and pinks ... not too dissimilar from our main living room which I promise I'll share with you soon.
Goodrich Ecru Oak - Woodpecker Flooring / Wool Rug - Benuta / Hoxton Sofa - DFS / Delano Media Unit - Houseology / Quilted Ribbed Cushion - M&S / Spotted Chenille Cushion - M&S / Grey Hay Flowerpot - Amara / Dark Blue Hay Flowerpot - Amara / Terracotta Hay Flowerpot - Amara / Flowerpot Pendant - Made In Design / Synchronised Swimmers - Print Club London / Wally Shelf - Houseology / Hoxton Armchair - DFS / Calypso Utility Baskets - Amara
What do you think? Which flooring would you choose? And what other changes would you make to the room? Do let me know. I'm always looking for advice and inspiration when it comes to interiors.
This post was written in collaboration with Woodpecker Flooring.