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Room decorating ideas from OHbaby magazine

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Refresh old toys and furniture with new paint Good as new
Old toys and furniture are easily refreshed with some new paint retaining their charm for future generations... more
How to make a reading nook from a pallet for your child The crate escape
An upcycled pallet forms a cosy nook, beckoning your little one to snuggle up and get lost in a book... more
Create your own family tree Putting down roots
Displaying your family tree is an opportunity to let personality and creativity flourish, so don't be daunted by the artistic skill required for this project. Brainstorm with your kids as to what your tree could look like. Ours was painted free-hand, but you could use masking tape for a more defined and angular effect. Our tree doubles as a growth chart and the photos... more

All in one storage drawers, play station and bedside table Bonus drawers
Parents love clever storage ideas and places where children can put away their own precious possessions are a must in any kid's bedroom. But drawers need not only be drawers – we added blackboard paint for labelling contents or just a casual doodle, and magnetic paint that invites a child to stop and play awhile… more
How to turn an old cable reel into a charming rocking horse Rock 'n reel
The winner of our inaugural Upcycling Competition gave an old cable reel a new life as a charming rocking horse... more
A vintage printers’ tray makes a great display centre for precious little collections A place for everything
A vintage printers’ tray makes a great display centre for precious little collections… more
An old wooden French door finds a new life as a multi-use hub for family memories and everyday needs When one door closes...
An old wooden French door finds a new life as a multi-use hub for family memories and everyday needs... more
Create a simple head board for a child's bed Create a head board
Add the finishing touch to your child ’s bedroom with this simple head board designed to complement any colour scheme... more
Under-bed drawers are a perfect movable toy box All hands on deck
The addition of wheels and a fab chalkboard-painted top have made these under-bed drawers a perfect movable toy box to take from inside to out... more
Industrial vintage is a stylish and utilitarian option for your child's "work area" Creative station
Industrial vintage is a stylish and utilitarian option for your child's "work area". It's easy as pie to upcycle an old photo frame... more
Inspiration point
Find an object you love and use those tones for a new and exciting colour scheme… more
set of drawers repainted Paint by numbers
Channel your inner modern artist for this geometrical paint scheme that adds an instant wow factor to a very ordinary set of drawers. A $10 op-shop find becomes a striking statement piece after applying a clever paint scheme using Resene colours... more
new-look shelves Upstairs downstairs
Make over an old set of shelves and create a fresh and original bookcase that's as pretty as a dolls house, with a little help from your Resene ColorShop. Patterned wallpaper and a eyepopping pink became the dominant feature of our new-look shelves. This is a great way to use up leftover wallpaper or paint. If you have enough, you could paper over a couple of storage boxes to match... more
Personalised wall storage for a child's room Just hanging
Give everyday items, from the junk store or shop floor, a modern, personalised makeover. You’d never recognise it now, but before we worked our magic with a little help from our local Resene ColorShop, this funky wall panel was an old retro cheese board picked up for a pittance at a second-hand store... more
Modern designs
A splash of colour transforms a second-hand desk into an attractive contemporary feature... more
Room to grow
Nesting is a well-known phenomenon when expecting a baby. Decorating a bedroom in anticipation of its future tenant can be a mixture (in equal or varying parts) of excitement, imagination, confusion and inability to make a decision. The important thing to realise is that a child's room needs to grow with him. The way the room is used for a newborn is quite different to the demands of a toy-wielding toddler and a precocious preschooler. On the following pages we break it down for you, giving advice on decorating your child's room step by step... more
The light, pretty colours of a spring morning Spring fling
The light, pretty colours of a spring morning are reflected in the decor of this simple yet elegant little girl's room... more
Gender neutral colour scheme for a shared bunk room Gender neutral
Brother and sister sharing a room? Creating a shared bedroom in colour can be an interesting exercise. Short of choosing a neutral palette, how does one choose colour that will enhance existing fixtures but also lend itself to the treasures of siblings of either gender? Earth pigments or seascape colours are a great option… more
Pretty in pink - a girls bedroom Pretty in pink
There’s no more feminine colour than pink, and little girls seem to gravitate toward all things rosy. Resene and Gorgi create a girl’s room that’s comfortable and calming… more
Decorating a child's playroom Child's play
Decorating a child's playroom can be a load of fun, a well thought out space will foster imagination and offer your child a sense of invention and discovery... more
Restore vintage nursey furniture A fine vintage
Modern, mass-produced furniture pales in comparison to vintage pieces with colourful past lives, and with a little creativity, you can give tired classics a whole new lease of life. Newly acquired ‘vintage finds’ will both complement existing modern furniture purchases... more
Grey based colour scheme Old world
Creating a child's room that's easy on the eye doesn't always have to equate to tonal creams and whites. Neutral tones in greys and blues can be creative for your little individual, balanced by the clever use of painted accessories that mixes old styles with new in a refreshing way... more
Where the wild thingAfrican based colour scheme a Where the wild things are
Take inspiration from the warm brown earth and cool blue skies of the African desert and recreate that in a modern children's room that will grow with your child. Creating an African safari experience in your child’s room is easy... more
The Green Room The green room
Eco-conscious design isn’t only about furniture and accessories. Environmentally friendly paint makes your little one’s room a comfortable, safe haven. Creating a green room is not only about furnishings and accessories, it’s about the wall finishes as well. Resene’s commitment to safety and their Environmental Choice range simplifies paint selection… more
Colour my room with a themed feature wall Colour my room
Creating a room that your child enjoys and loves to play in is something quite special. A feature wall doesn’t have to be a permanent display in the bedroom, as the room will “grow” as your child does. Develop the ideas and themes together, and you’ll know your child will be getting his or her dream room… more
baby blue Baby blue
Every new parent seeks some serenity and calm. What better place to create that atmosphere than your newborn's nursery, where he will be sleeping developing his routine. Soothing Resene Periglacial Blue from the Resene Karen Walker range is a great base wall colour... more
Sugar and spice Sugar & spice
Your baby girl is growing up fast, and her bedroom is changing from a functional nursery into a toddler-friendly living space. Make her room into a place she'll love to play in - and one that will grow up with her... more
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