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TheCokeMachine Fri 08-Mar-13 11:39:28

I've got the Harlequin What a Hoot wallpaper in my playroom. It doesn't seem babyish to me, in fact most of the adults in the family seem to love it and think it's good fun.

Startail Fri 08-Mar-13 00:17:48

Mavornia Those ships would make the perfect blind for DHs study.

He comes from the far West, land of coastal boats and lighthouses.

mavornia Fri 08-Mar-13 00:07:48

4th thumbnail down on the right

mavornia Fri 08-Mar-13 00:06:53

thanks for all your advice

just to update you, I took on board the comments about the babyish look and given the horrifying cost of curtains, I wouldn't want to be changing them any time soon so I ordered a Clarke and Clarke fabric with boats on it for the large window and a roman blind in the matching stripe fabric for the window opposite

amazonianwoman Mon 11-Feb-13 11:37:08

I'd agree with Happy. My DS is almost 6 and thinks that all the younger ones linked to in this thread are "babyish" (quote)

For large windows/doors I'd go for stripes. I'm just about to order this Annie Sloan stripe fabric for our playroom, mostly because it's extra wide so less work involved (I make my own blinds & curtains)

I wouldn't be keen to spend hundreds on (albeit beautiful) younger fabric that they'll scoff at/ their "friends" will scoff at in a few years time!

HappyAsEyeAm Mon 11-Feb-13 10:39:50

How big is your window, and are you having linings, and will you need made to measure?

I ask as the total cost of your curtains may make you lean towards having something that suits that DC at the ages they are now, or whether you need something that they will not outgrow as quickly.

We have an enormous bay window in our playroom with really high ceilings, and it is more of a living room really than a playroom. I needed 28 metres of fabric for the curtains, plus lining, and had to have them made to measure. So I have chosen something that is grown up.

DS (5yo) has a 10 foot wide window in his bedroom, and I chose a fabric that will last him until he leaves home, as there is no way that I am having made to measure curtains plus linings for his window made on a regular basis. Take a look at Thread And Loop - they will send you samples. I went with Sandbanks - Brownsea (a strip with blues, greens, reads, beiges and creams) as I know that will last him well. I am really pleased with it.

herethereandeverywhere Sun 10-Feb-13 21:42:25

too grown up?

love this

I have really bright striped curtains in DD2s room, anything you like here?

I personally favour bright colours for a playroom, are you going for that or more muted New England GLTC type look? I wouldn't worry overly with matching to the walls, skimming stone is an excellent neutral - it's a taupe base so just be a bit careful with sand/cream tones in the curtains. If it's just part of a pattern it probably wouldn't matter I don't think. Get fabric samples before you commit!

mavornia Fri 08-Feb-13 21:02:30

Thanks for the replies!

The doggie one is very sweet, like distant shores too but is it a bit girly?

roman blind not an option - one set of windows are actually double glass doors and then there is another smaller window opposite them

Pannacotta Fri 08-Feb-13 20:34:49

The Harlequin fabric is very nice.
How about having a roman blind made up instead? That way you use less fabric and it wont matter when you want to change it a few years down the line.
Also looks a bit simpler than curtains, which might work well in a playroom where there are invariably lots of colours/toys/random bits of stuff!

herhonesty Fri 08-Feb-13 20:04:59

i love this one from harlequin

distant shores

and also love this one


think the latter might go with skimming stone, not sure about the harlequin one though

MrsJamin Fri 08-Feb-13 19:19:23

I'd go for cath kidston cars if £ was no option. Ikea have some lovely curtains for children?

mavornia Fri 08-Feb-13 17:43:14

Could anyone help me with curtain ideas for a children's playroom.

The walls are Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone.

I don't know whether to go for plain curtains or something bright and specifically for kids.

I looked at the Cath Kidston dinosaur print but it has a bit too much orange. Considering the vintage planes or cars fabric.

The Quentin Blake fabrics for Osborne & Little are a bit too busy.

I liked the Harlequin owl fabric (think it's called What a Hoot) but worried it's a bit babyish (I have 3 boys aged 5, 3 and 1).

Clearly I'm overthinking this...but does anyone have other suggestions?

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