Choosing your Perfect Playmat - Updated!

Having lots of choice is both a plus and a negative - it can make choosing harder! Totter + Tumble playmats are made to fit in subtly with your interior, so finding the right one for your home is imperative! This updated blog post helps you to see the different playmats side by side, so you can see your grey from your gray and your seagrass blue from your iron blue. Now, the new collection is included too. 

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.

 Totter and Tumble Stylish memory foam playmat

As you may well know, Totter + Tumble currently stocks 12 designs across six 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. 

Grey Totter and Tumble Playmat designs

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. 

Cool Greys

Now you know that cool-grey is best for you, what are your options? Both the Nomad and the Thinker are in this family of grey. As you have read above, the Nomad is a mid Grey, being really versatile in different interiors and reacting to the light in your home. The Thinker is in the same family, but a few shades lighter and is much fresher as a result. Again the subtly botanical pattern balances this to soften the overall look.


Grey playmat thinker nomad 

Warm Greys

Perhaps your home has muted tones to it ior you have creams, browns and taupes, and therefore the warm-greys will be better for you. The Roamer and the Globe Trotter have the same background colour, but there is a difference overall. The Globe Trotter is a touch creamer and therefore a little lighter than the Roamer.

dove grey playmat stylish roamer globe trotter


Adding Tones

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.

Seafarer and Mariner scalloped blue playmat


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.

Mustard and Coral stylish playmats


Adding Greens

I'll save the Wanderlust for later (see below), but if you are wondering about the difference between the greenish-grey Wanderer and the Rambler, then the image below may help you see the grey that balances the Wanderer, whereas the Rambler is firmly in the greens.

green playmat rambler wanderer


The botanicals are a great way of adding a little bit of detailing into your interior style. With a focus on the leaf botanicals, this pattern works for both contemporary and traditionally styled homes.

Botanical cool grey Thinker and fresh sage Rambler

The cool grey of the Thinker is the lightest of the Nomad and the Thinker greys. 


Looking to add delicate texture?

Inspired by the stunning North African Kilim patterns, these playmats are most like a rug out of all of the range. The midnight teal of the Wanderlust is dramatic but subtle all at the same time, and is designed for both lighter colour schemes ad gorgeous moody interiors.


Wanderlust and Globe Trotter Kilim playmats



Star Gazer and Luna Explorer Playmats Stars and Speckles

Before We Say Farewell to the Stars:

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. There are only a few of the Luna Explorer left before the reverse patterns are re-partnered together, so if this is the one for you then you may want to secure your purchase sooner rather than later.

Whichever design you choose to fit in to your family home, remember all Totter + Tumble Playmats are:

  • Simple, easy care. Just roll out and wipe down. 
  • Stylish, reversible designs to suit your interior
  • Supportive 1.3cm thick memory foam that cushions and moulds to the littlest learners and the pilates-lovers alike
  • Safe and certified for newborns and up, and are recyclable
  • Strong, sustainable playmats that are tough, and come with a one year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Sized to match a large rug at 215cmx143cm ensuring space for all the family to play

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