“I wanted to create a style that was fun, bright and immediately gave a sense of play and laughter when our children entered the room,” says Jo.
Then the Blakey family moved into their 1950s home in Mairangi Bay, Auckland, it was in a reasonable state, comfortable and structurally sound, but needed some touching up. Jo Blakey decided that the old living room – a light, sunny space with beautiful wooden floors, would be ideal for a playroom for her three children, four-year-old Grace (pictured), Charlotte, 2, and Nicholas, 4 months.
First Jo painted the room in a base colour of Resene ‘Dutch White’. The rest of the colour scheme was inspired by a small table and chairs bought from Freedom Furniture. To complement this, Jo painted the other furniture in bold hues from the Resene KidzColour range: ‘Balloon’, ‘Dizzy Lizzy’, ‘Wet N Wild’ and ‘Rocket’. One wall is painted with Resene Magnetic Magic so that the kids’ artwork can be mounted without using pins. The TV and fishtank, which were too big for the cubes Jo found in the shops, are stored in MDF cubes she had custom-made. The kids are delighted with their colourful room, and so is Jo.
Chest of drawers and orange cubes Resene ‘Balloon’ Toy box and green cubes Resene ‘Dizzy Lizzy’ ‘TOYS’ letters and blue cubes Resene ‘Wet N Wild’ Cupboard and red cubes Resene ‘Rocket’ Walls Resene ‘Dutch White’ and Resene Magnetic Magic.
More Ideas: Walls and doors in kids’ rooms get a real workout, so opt for a washable finish such as Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen waterborne enamel to make cleaning up marks easy. For more inspirational ideas for kids’ rooms, check out what others have done in the free online Resene Inspiration Gallery on the Resene website.
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