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Whimsical woodland theme

Kids' Corner from Your Home and Garden magazine

Make a cosy home for forest friends with this whimsical woodland scheme in teal, punchy yellow and palest lilac.


This woodland-inspired bedroom packs a playful punch. The cute, critter-covered quilt was the starting point for the scheme and inspired our slightly unorthodox combination of teal, yellow and soft lilac. Making this palette work is all about getting the balance right.

A vivid hue is best for an accent. Make sure it appears about three times, ideally at different heights – we’ve featured the vibrant Resene Hive on the door, crate, cushion and pencil pot.

Resene Fast Forward is a great choice for the floor as the dark blue-green grounds the room and won’t show every mark. As teal is the base colour in the quilt and on the floor, we painted a couple of smaller elements in the same shade for balance (the shelf and bedside light).

The pale lilac Resene Dreamtime is the perfect backdrop colour for all our whimsical accessories. Remember to bring the colour on the walls back into the space, as we have done here with the chunky throw, pillowcase and bedside cabinet.

Wall hooks

If space and storage is tight, consider using the walls to hang items on. Painting some hooks or knobs using Resene testpots in colours that tie in with your scheme is an excellent practical option. We used the same testpots to paint a few wooden coat hangers, too.

Add wall hooks when space and storage is tight
A whimsical woodland theme
Paint colours: Wall, drawers, cabinet legs: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Dreamtime. Shelf, lamp: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Fast Forward. Floor: Resene Walk-on in Resene Fast Forward, then Resene Concrete Wax for extra protection. Door, larger crate: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Hive. Cabinet frame, mini crate: Resene Sorbet. Wall knobs: Resene Fast Forward, Resene Sorbet, Resene Dreamtime and Resene Hive. Coat hangers: Resene Fast Forward and Resene Sorbet.

Crate idea!

You don’t need to spend a fortune on storage options. Some simple wooden crates like these ones – painted in Resene colours used elsewhere in the room – are perfect for holding books, accessories or teeny toys.


Credits: Woodland quilt set, from, animal canvases, yellow linen-look cushion, larger crate, mini plant pot (used as pencil pot), pencils, kids’ wooden hangers, from The Warehouse. Home Republic pillowcases, Shelly chair, Home Republic euro pillowcase in peacock blue, velvet garland, from Adairs. Mini crate, chunky knit throw, from Kmart. Meri Meri deer, Muskhane felt mushrooms, Donsje Britta deer purse, Muskhane round cushion, from Tea Pea. Wall basket, from Little Whimsy. Puffer backpack, Iggy dress-up dress, Tibi glitter rainbow stripe sneakers, from Cotton On Kids. Other items stylist’s own.

Resene Dreamtime

Resene Fast Forward

Resene Sorbet

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

July 2019

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