Kids love secret play spots, and adults love to tuck the mess out of sight. A play nook may just be the best invention ever; even a small space can provide a world of possibilities to kids and their imagination.
On episode seven of HGTV Design Star season six, contestant Kellie redesigned kid Mason's bedroom. Mason can use this private under-bed area to kick around the soccer ball or relax with a book. "It's the only space in the room I kind of like," says judge Vern Yip.
To create a kids' nook that complements the living room design, modern chairs with durable, ribbed fabric were brought in along with a modern coffee table and an easily accessible library of kids' books.
A midcentury bench is a fun, unexpected element to this breakfast nook, allowing the littlest members of the family to squish together. A geode-inspired print with pops of yellow anchors the wall, as well as complements the area rug below.
The homework nook in this contemporary kid's playroom features hand-drawn wallpaper and a red vintage chair. The built-in shelving in the desk is stocked with vintage toy cars that add a playful touch.
A plush beanbag chair and bookshelf that's easy for little hands to reach make this reading corner an instant hit. The colorful furnishings as well as the toys and books themselves brighten up the space with a rainbow array.
Each of the two homework nook's floating desks were configured with enough depth to accommodate books and games as well as laptop and desktop computers once the boys are old enough to use them for school. Instead of pairing the desks with themed children's chairs, midcentury-modern Bertoia chairs were added.
A cozy club chair and ottoman carve out this bedroom's reading nook, where two batik prints by artist Chariklia Zarris draw the eye. Pompon-like blooms lend a graphic punch and complement the soft floral theme of the children's bedroom.
An industrial armillary chandelier draws the eye down this soothing blue hallway. Green kid-friendly accessories and bold abstract art in orange and aqua add spunk to this thoroughfare, which leads to a children's sleeping nook.