Playroom Perfection with Hockney Sky

Blue kids playroom with blue painted walls and whimsical blue abstract wallpaper on the ceiling and matching fabric on the curtains, blue and white dollhouse on a blue and white carpet

McKenzie Fussell's love for Hockney runs deep! After designing the playroom in her previous home with Hockney Moss, she decided to go with Hockney Sky for her girls' latest play space. "I thought repeating it in a different colorway was a fun nod to our last home!", says McKenzie. "My girls love all things art so the painted brushstroke pattern is a no-brainer in this child-centered space." Follow along to learn more about her design decisions! 


We love everything about this playroom! What was your vision for the space?

I’ve loved following along with the Beacon Hill bookstore on IG. Haven’t had a chance to visit yet but as soon as I saw IG pictures I realized I needed a “full dip” paint look in the playroom and a pleated shade on the light fixture! Everything else came together from there. A little traditional, a little whimsical. Our home is brand new but we didn’t want it to feel that way. We opted for a more traditional trim and glass door knobs finished in an antique gold rub-n-buff to downplay some of the bright gold tones. I just adore “old” things so we added a few vintage toys and pieces of art as well. It’s so much fun to watch my girls create, play and dream in such a beautiful space!


How did you decide which trim to pair with your curtains?

I love a traditional tassel and felt the timeless finish brought a more “elegant” ending to a playful pattern. After all, mom and dad spend time in here too!

Close up of the top of a whimsical blue curtain with cream tassel trim hanging on a brass rod, styled with blue whimsical wallpaper on the ceiling


Tell us about the bulletin board! How many yards of fabric did you use?

We used about 1.5 yards to cover an existing bulletin board we would have otherwise donated! I’m so glad we found a fun way to repurpose something we already owned. It’s a pretty place to display the girls favorite creations and makes them feel a sense of ownership in their space. It’s a fairly simple project to take on if you’re wanting to give it a try! Just grab a staple gun and have at it!


Can you share some of the other design elements in the room?

Absolutely! Santa brought the wicker play kitchen a couple of years ago (sadly the Ukraine based business is no longer operating!) and we used that as a launching board to bring in other textured elements like the chairs and toy storage baskets. I’m a sucker for closed toy storage so the Serena & Lily baskets come in handy for storing larger toys like wooden blocks and stuffed animals. We rotate toys out of the closets fairly often so the girls aren’t overwhelmed with all they have access to. The high gloss IKEA shelf serves as a home-base for small toys that we rotate. We’ve had some version of this shelf in every home we’ve owned and it’s such a great staple. In the “art corner” you’ll find a play table (doubles as a tea party station ;)) and a little shelf for markers, scissors and other crafting supplies. I was intentional about hanging art in this corner from a few of my favorite artists (Lulie Wallace, Elizabeth Wade and Riley Sheehey) to inspire! See more details below!

Paint Color: BM Blue Porcelain. I used the same finish (high gloss) on the walls and trim! I wanted a full on “dipped” drenched look. Got it. We used this same color in our last bedroom and on the cabinets in this house a few years back!

Drapes: We chose the pinch pleat construction in the Hockney Sky pattern. Added our favorite cream tassel as well! Just can’t say no.

Drapery Hardware: I had a vision for a lucite rod but couldn’t find one that worked for our measurements so we went with a tried and true favorite, the Ballard french return rod and coordinating rings! Brass finish forever.

Wallpaper: Do as I say not as I do. Hire a pro to install if you’re hanging on a ceiling! It will be SO WORTH it in the end. I love this pattern so much. Do note that it’s untrimmed and unpasted. Here’s the link!

Artboard: I used an old pinboard (purchased at HomeGoods – sorry!) and covered it in this Hockney Sky fabric!

Light: A last minute change of plans led us to purchase this oversized pleated pendant! Currently out of stock but I’ve seen it pop up on Ebay!!!

Rug: We repurposed our old master bedroom rug. The colors worked so well in here! It’s plush enough for play but also hides just about any stain.

Door Hardware: I purchased these on Amazon and used Antique Gold Rub N’ Buff to jazz them up a bit. They remind me of our old house and I LOVE THAT.

Switchplate Covers: A fun find from Anthro that comes in a ton of colors. Little details like this make a space so much more interesting!

Toy Storage / Systems: I feel like we need an entirely separate post for this! Our favorites (pictured here) are these baskets and these IKEA bins! The bins are stored in this shelf and swapped with bins in the closet (more on our toy rotation system later!) so the girls don’t have access to everything all at once. If you’re on the fence about the IKEA shelf for toy storage go for it! It’s so much nicer than any target or walmart option (get the high gloss!) and holds up well. We’ve had so many variations of this shelf over the years and couldn’t recommend it enough! The bin labels are these with Fernandina Paper Co. inserts of course!

Play Table & Chairs: We purchased this Pottery Barn Kids table off of fb marketplace years ago and it’s held up perfectly. Paired it with these Serena and Lily kids chairs that match our dining chairs! Tiny versions of big people things make me happy.

Toys: I’ll link what I can here! Sadly the kitchen is no longer being made! Dollhouse, baby carriage (great baby gift! AG learned to walk with this!) , high chair! I’m loving the baby doll stage!

Art: The framed prints over the table are by Lulie Wallace, Riley Sheehey and Elizabeth Wade. The boy and girl prayer needlepoints are antique finds.