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All about individuality

Kids' Corner from Your Home and Garden magazine

With its patterned floor and expert use of a non-traditional colour combo, this appealing room is all about individuality.

An childrens individual colour scheme paint a set of drawers

Kids’ rooms are one space where you can push the boundaries when it comes to colour. A fun paint feature is a great way to do this – and it doesn’t have to be on the walls. In this cute room, we’ve kept the walls neutral and turned the spotlight on the floor by painting it in broad stripes of warm white and hazy grey-blue, using Resene Rice Cake (also on the walls) and Resene Smokescreen.

The floor matches the duvet cover, while the furniture has been painted to complement other colours in the bedding, from tan and toffee to deep blue. Doing this helps to tie our non-traditional palette of browns, blues and black together.

House-shaped chalkboard

To mirror the bed, we fixed a house-shaped chalkboard to the wall and added a painted border for a ‘shadow’ effect. Mark a 20cm-wide outline around the board and mask it off with painter’s tape. Paint border with 2 coats of your chosen colour, letting each coat dry, then remove tape. Team with a stool and a jar of chalk, which can be kept in one of the house boxes. Or try Resene Blackboard Paint or Resene Chalkboard Paint and create any shape you like!

Childrens painted bedroom
Walls: Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Rice Cake. Floor: Resene Walk-on in Resene Rice Cake and Resene Smokescreen. Bed, stool and chalkboard frame: Resene Hot Toddy. Crate, pendant: Resene Blue Jeans. Kids’ table: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Smokescreen. Small stools: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Smokescreen. House boxes: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Toffee, Resene Blue Jeans and Resene Alabaster. Drawers: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Rice Cake, Resene Blue Jeans, Resene Smokescreen and Resene Toffee. Picture frame: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Dark Buff.


Upcycling furniture is not only good for the environment but you can generally pick up secondhand drawers for a fraction of the cost of new ones. Any scuff marks or imperfections can be disguised with paint. Simply give the drawers a good sand and a coat of primer, followed by 2-3 coats of Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel in your chosen colours. We decided to paint the frame and drawers in different colours: Resene Rice Cake, Resene Blue Jeans, Resene Smokescreen and Resene Toffee. (We used the same method on the bed, too, which we painted in Resene Hot Toddy.)

Diy art

Using some of your leftover Resene paint to make artworks will ensure that all the decor harmonises perfectly. Paint different colours onto lightweight cardboard and leave to dry. Draw on (or stencil) letters to form a message or word, then cut them out, stick them onto a large sheet of white cardboard and place in a frame.

If you are painting a feature on the floor keep the walls plain – and vice versa. if you paint patterns on both it can overpower the space.”

Accessories: Kids’ canopy bed, from The Warehouse. Hudson kids’ table and stool set, Hudson stool, chalkboard, from Mocka. Society of Wanderers reversible chambray stripe and turmeric quilt, matching euro pillowcase, turmeric pillowcase, from Tea Pea. Castle sausage dog pillowcase, Castle velvet euro pillowcase, and Castle round cushion, from Small Acorns. Toy dog, from H&M Home. Bianca Lorenne Luchesi copper euro pillowcase, from Allium. Faux succulent, alarm clock, from Shut The Front Door. ‘Picasso Sausage Dog’ print, from Etsy/WallDecoPrintStore. Other items stylist’s own.

Resene Dark Buff

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

August 2019

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