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Paint the rainbow

Kids' Corner from Your Home and Garden magazine

There’s nothing sunnier than a rainbow, but you needn’t stick to the traditional colours – try a soft, tonal approach with shades of peach.

Upcycled furniture, cane chair

This bedroom is a great example of how a lovely warm colour palette can make a space feel welcoming and relaxing. Using tones of a pastel colour such as peach offers a way to keep the overall effect soft and muted while leaving room to add bolder accents. We took our theme to the next level by using this same Resene colour palette to upcycle some secondhand cane furniture.

We lightly sanded back this bookshelf and bedside table before applying a coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, then two coats of Resene Beethoven.

Paint the rainbow

To create this rainbow headboard feature (ours was 1.8m diameter), start by marking a spot 1m off the floor, then draw a horizontal line (use a level to ensure it’s straight). Decide where your bed will sit and mark the centre. Tie a 1m length of string onto a pencil and pin loose end firmly to your midpoint. Wrap and secure string around your pencil until it measures 30cm long. Pull string tight and draw first arch. Repeat at lengths of 60cm and 90cm to draw outer arches. Mask the edges with painter’s tape or paint freehand.

Paint an rainbow headboard.
Wall painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Cashmere. Floor painted in Resene Walk-on in Resene Cashmere. Rainbow painted in Resene testpots in Resene Crail (outer), Resene Beethoven (middle), and Resene Wafer (centre). Secondhand bedside table and bookshelf painted in Resene Lustacryl in Resene Beethoven. Raffia lidded baskets (on shelves) painted in Resene testpot in Resene Crail.

Tip: To create your own tonal rainbow, use the Resene Multifinish palettes to choose your starting colour and then choose lighter and darker variations from the same palette.”

Accessories: Squiggles jute rug, from Spotlight. Rainbow cushion from Brambury rainbow cushion (on rug), from Harvey Norman. Liana tan sandals, from Cotton On Kids. Square basket (on bottom shelf ), from Citta. Plush sloth, from Terrarosa. Double duvet cover set, pink single sheet set, raffia lidded baskets, for 2, wooden rainbow toy, coral plant pot, embossed cup, Jennifer cotton throw, all from Kmart. Chloe cat toy (in basket), from Shut The Front Door. Hanna table lamp, from Freedom. Olli Ella child’s wheelie basket, Society of Wanderers tile pillowcase set, both from Tea Pea. Plush bunny key ring (top shelf), Mouse in Box toy (second shelf), both from Crisp Home. Flower chair, from Williams Road. All other items stylist’s own.

Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

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