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When I refused to put down our jigsaw playmat in our newly renovated family kitchen, which was to be our main family living space, it was out of equal despair for the impracticality of having jigsaw pieces as it was the garish colours that overstimulated anyone that caught sight of them. Having over come the jigsaw element and upgraded to a much more durable and luxurious foam to sustain family life, designing stylish playmats and the choosing the colour pairs have been a careful process.
As you may well know, Totter + Tumble now stocks 10 designs across five playmats, with reversible designs. Both the colours and patterns have been carefully designed with interiors at the forefront, but remaining quiet within a room setting, to subtly fit into a wide range of interior styles and allow play to remain focused (see my Montessori blog post for more details). Each playmat has a greyscale design on one side, and more colour on the other.
Picking the right design for your home can be a tough decision, so this blog post will use a series of photos to help you compare the designs, compare the colours, so that you still love and enjoy your home with a Totter + Tumble playmat as an asset to your style.
With each pair of reversible designs, you'll find one within the scales of grey. So grey is grey, right? Wrong. Whilst we tend to think of grey as a mix of black and white, grey can actually be produced by mixing primary and complementary colours together, giving greater warmth or depth depending on the colours chosen.
Choosing the Right Grey
The gorgeous vintage chevron pattern used within the (from Left to Right in the image below) Wanderer, Nomad and Roamer designs are all a version of grey.
The Wanderer, on the far left, utilises a light, cool grey with a hint more of the complementary colour making it a fresh greenish-grey that is really versatile.
The Nomad, in the middle, is a middle grey with cool undertones, reacting well to different room lighting and is well suited to interiors that have an accent colour or for families who may change their interior scheme and want that flexibility.
The Roamer is described as a light Dove Grey, with brown undertones giving it a creamy, warm depth. This playmat is perfect for interiors with a softer scheme without becoming beige.
The original stars and speckles designs also utilise greys. The Star Gazer on the right is also a middle grey, a fraction lighter than the Nomad, with a cool base, whilst the Luna Explorer balances pinks and greys in a blush tone, perfect for adding a hint of colour but keeping the flexibility the grey offers.
A go-to hue, blue is easy to decorate with and, more importantly, live in. So blues made an appearance in both the original and the second collections. The Seafarer (the bottom playmat in the image below) has an iron-blue background and is particularly beautiful in darker interior schemes. The Mariner playmat at the top of the image below, harnesses the elegant scalloped dot pattern of the Seafarer with a lighter, brighter alternative, balancing blues and greens with a Seagrass colour in the forefront of the design.
Want something with more accent, but still isn't too bold? The second collection brought the ever popular hexagonal striped pattern in both the rose-terracotta Dreamer and the honey-mustard Dreamer. Both these look stunning on wooden floors in particular, and work well in combination with colour or neutral interior schemes.
Whichever design you choose to fit in to your family home, remember all Totter + Tumble Playmats are:
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