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Shared boys' room

Kids' Corner from Your Home and Garden magazine

This fun shared rooms walks the line – literally – between the desire for a cohesive look and the need for individuality.

Name plaque project

While every kid might want a room of their own, the reality is that sometimes it isn’t possible. A shared room has its benefits, too, as it can help siblings bond and learn to share and compromise.

When it comes to designing and styling a shared room, there are many approaches you could take. In this boys’ room we have created a dividing line down the middle by painting a stripe on both the wall and floor, and picking a bold Resene colour inspired by the surfy bedlinen for each side.

An orange accent colour painted onto the upcycled rattan bedside table and toybox again echoes the bedding.

The rattan headboards were bought for $20 each on Trade Me and given a modern update with Resene Foundry. A shared room definitely comes together better when the bedlinen is the same, but different accent colours can be introduced via cushions, pillowcases, throws etc.

Closeup of Zach's side of the room
Individuality in this shared boys' room

Paint Wall: Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Green Pea and Resene Hemisphere. Floor: Resene Walk-on in Resene Green Pea and Resene Hemisphere. Stripe: Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Black White. Headboards and pendant: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Foundry. Wooden hook, cabinet and toybox: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Pursuit (palm trees in Resene Foundry). Basket: Resene Hemisphere.

Project: name plaques

You will need a piece of pine 50cm x 12cm x 2mm. Brush a tiny bit of your chosen Resene paint onto the pine, allowing the woodgrain to show through for a distressed look. Write the name on the board in pencil, then go over it in paint using a thin brush. Add a little motif too, if you like – we chose a palm tree. To hang the plaque, take a 24cm length of jute rope (around 12mm thick) and staple-gun or glue it to the back of the plaque at both ends. Hang on a small nail or removable picture hook.

Credits: Kids House Surfer double duvet covers, from Spotlight. Home Republic blue vintage wash cushion and stonewash cotton green pillowcase, small dracaena plant, from Adairs. Grey throw blanket from H&M. Scala tall blue glass, from Citta. ‘Surf’s Up’ print, from Simply Creative. Picture frame, from Kmart. White wooden hooks, from Shut The Front Door. Ahoy tote, from Weave + Co. Other items stylist’s own.


Styling by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

April 2020

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