Designer Karen Sealy repurposed her garage into the ultimate entertaining area for her family and friends.
Canadian Home Trends WHAT WAS THE ORIGINAL PURPOSE OF THIS ROOM?
Karen Sealy The playroom was originally a garage, however older post-war bungalows often have tiny garages that aren’t functional with SUVs. I decided it was more important to claim this area as living space. This allowed me to make room for my ping-pong table, additional storage, wine fridges, treadmill and a pull-out queen bed (hidden in the ottoman).
CHT WHAT INSPIRED THE DESIGN OF THIS PLAYROOM?
KS Given the space was intended to be a fun game room, I decided to allow the design to reflect that. The blue doors (inspired by the colour of the ping-pong table) and the chartreuse green stripe (a.k.a. my racing stripe) that travels up the wall, through the quartz counter top and across the ceiling provides fun and energy to the design. The cork flooring is a perfect choice – it’s an insulating floor offering a layer of warmth above the existing concrete slab. Cork has acoustical properties helping to soften the boisterous sounds that accompany every good game room.
CHT WHAT WORD WOULD YOU SAY BEST DESCRIBES THE ROOM?
KS If I had to describe this room in one word it would be FUN!
CHT WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DESIGN THIS PLAYROOM?
KS I love to entertain, play music, ping-pong and have friends over but dedicating an entire room to a ping-pong table in a small home wouldn’t have made much sense. The room had to be multi-functional to accommodate all of my needs.
Photography by Larry Arnal; Green Stripe, Tequila Lime 2028-30, Benjamin Moore; Grey Walls, Revere Pewter HC-172, Benjamin Moore; Quartz Counter Top, Silestone; Stools, Sealy Design; Accessories, Sealy Design; Space Designed by Award Winning Architectural Design and Build Firm Sealy Design Inc., Led by Karen Sealy, Cityline Design Expert, Journalist, and Celebrity Speaker.