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Kids' Corner from Your Home and Garden magazine

Turn a child’s bedroom into a fun zone with textured paint effects and thoughtfully chosen, playful accessories.

Take your child on a safari adventure by painting an animal print on the wall of their bedroom, then add a freestanding desk to encourage good study habits early on.

A fun pink child's bedroom

Back wall Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Sakura and Resene Sauvignon mixed with Resene FX Paint Effects over the top. Floor painted in Resene Walk-on flooring paint in Resene French Grey. Essentials six-cube unit, from Mocka, with doors painted in Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss in Resene Sakura and Resene Golden Tainoi. Imogen bed, from Mocka. Mornington rug, Keaton cushion, and Meru sheepskin, all from Baya. Linen duvet cover, and pillowcases, both from Foxtrot Home. Jicama occasional chair, from Meluka. B poster, from Memphis Poster Club. Lilac pom pom cushion, and Oyoy tiger wall hanging, both from Allium Interiors. Liewood Room Winston night light, Cuddle + Kind Lola the llama, and Maileg rabbit with knitted dress, all from Little Whimsy.

Zebra wall

Paint two coats of Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Sauvignon. Wait to dry, then freehand draw a zebra pattern or make a cardboard stencil if you want some consistency. If you decide to draw a pattern freehand, step back often to make sure the shapes are working together. Once you are happy with the pencil outline, run painter's tape over the pencil lines. You should see the pencil through the tape – use a light-coloured painter's tape. Then, carefully trace over the pencil with a craft knife to cut through the tape. Peel off the tape from the inside of all the shapes you want in the darker colour. Roll on the secondary colour inside each taped area. We used Resene Sakura. When the paint is touch dry, remove the tape. You may need to tidy up some of the edges if the paint has bled slightly or rub out any pencil marks you can still see. You should have a sharp line from this method of taping.

Plaster effect wall

Paint a coat of Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Sakura. Wait for it to dry, then using loose brush strokes, apply Resene FX Paint Effects mixed with Resene Sauvignon over the top. You can also use a muslin cloth to rub some of the colour back for a smoother plaster effect.

Top right photo: Back wall Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Sakura and Resene Sauvignon mixed with Resene FX Paint Effects over the top. Floor painted in Resene Walk-on flooring paint in Resene French Grey. Essentials six-cube unit, from Mocka, with doors painted in Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss in Resene Sakura and Resene Golden Tainoi. Imogen bed, from Mocka. Mornington rug, Keaton cushion, and Meru sheepskin, all from Baya. Linen duvet cover, and pillowcases, both from Foxtrot Home. Jicama occasional chair, from Meluka. B poster, from Memphis Poster Club. Lilac pom pom cushion, and Oyoy tiger wall hanging, both from Allium Interiors. Liewood Room Winston night light, Cuddle + Kind Lola the llama, and Maileg rabbit with knitted dress, all from Little Whimsy.

Colourful kid's bedroom furnishings

A desk/study space in kid's bedroom

Photo with cubbies: Zebra patterned wall painted in Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Sauvignon and Resene Sakura. Floor painted in Resene Walk-on flooring paint in Resene French Grey. Neo rack, from Mocka painted in Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss in Resene Golden Tainoi. Pot painted in Resene Del Rio. Backpack, from Crywolf. London boots, from Pretty Brave. Ila Y Ela bird, Muskhane hanging nest bowl, Numero 74 caravan suitcase, Miss Hazel soft toy, Liewood play camera, film camera, Scrunch collapsible bucket, and Sticky Lemon bucket hat, all from Little Whimsy.  Photo with desk: Free-standing activity zone, Floor painted in Resene Walk-on flooring paint in Resene French Grey. Created from make-up table, from Mocka. Arnold Circus stool, from Father Rabbit. Crate, (double) from Meluka. Muskhane cloud pinboard, (on desk), How-to-Draw fairy tales, Go Fish: A 3-in-1 card deck by Oliver Jeffers, all from Little Whimsy.

Zebra wall

Paint two coats of Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Sauvignon. Wait to dry, then freehand draw a zebra pattern or make a cardboard stencil if you want some consistency. If you decide to draw a pattern freehand, step back often to make sure the shapes are working together. Once you are happy with the pencil outline, run painter’s tape over the pencil lines. You should see the pencil through the tape – use a light-coloured painter’s tape. Then, carefully trace over the pencil with a craft knife to cut through the tape. Peel off the tape from the inside of all the shapes you want in the darker colour. Roll on the secondary colour inside each taped area. We used Resene Sakura. When the paint is touch dry, remove the tape. You may need to tidy up some of the edges if the paint has bled slightly or rub out any pencil marks you can still see. You should have a sharp line from this method of taping.

Plaster effect wall

Paint a coat of Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Sakura. Wait for it to dry, then using loose brush strokes, apply Resene FX Paint Effects mixed with Resene Sauvignon over the top. You can also use a muslin cloth to rub some of the colour back for a smoother plaster effect.

Tip:  If you’re nervous about trying these patterned walls, choose soft Resene colours that are just a few shades lighter or darker than each other. Limit yourself to two colours for the whole room.

Project by Amber Armitage. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

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November 2022


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