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Childrens playroom

Kids' Corner from Your Home and Garden magazine

Cover all the bases in a playroom with an art area, a fun hangout and plenty of room to stretch out on the floor

When creating a playroom ensure the space offers your little ones a place to play or hang out, a place to draw or do homework and a place to store things. Kids love playing on the floor so if you have wooden floors a rug is a must. A tepee is a great place to hang out with little buddies, play hide and seek or chill out with a book while lounging on some cushions.

Childrens playroom
Paint an arrow decal in a colour to match your decor and create a little playtime magic with a tepee. Keep the colour palette simple and repeat the primary colour throughout.

Clever storage is key. There are many options available such as boxes on castor wheels, plastic storage crates and cube shelving. A paper bag-style sack is a fun way to store everything from books to soft toys.

One direction

To create an arrow paint effect, decide where you want it to be and adhere a 1m-long piece of painter’s masking tape to one side of the wall. This will be the starting point for the design.

Measure out the pattern on the wall with a pencil. Measure a 60cm horizontal line at the top of the 1m-piece of tape, using the tape as the left-hand starting point. Measure and mark the 30cm point of this line. To create the peak, measure and mark a perpendicular 10cm line at the 30cm point. Draw a line from each edge of the 60cm line up to the 10cm point. We drew 6 arrows 60cm in length and 8cm thick with a 10cm gap between each one. Use masking tape to outline the pattern and run a finger along each edge to ensure the tape is stuck down. Fill in the pattern with a paint brush. We used Resene ‘Curious Blue’.

When the paint is dry, peel off the masking tape to reveal a simple yet effective pattern!

“Paint plain wooden blocks and trays to match your colour theme”

Accessories: Main Wall in Resene Triple Concrete and arrow in Resene Curious Blue; wooden box, from Briscoes, painted in Resene Half Tuna; wooden blocks, from The Warehouse, painted in Resene Picton Blue; grey cushion in tepee, stylist’s own; round velvet cushion, from Small Acorns; Replica Eames circular kid’s table, and Replica Eames DSW kid’s chair, from J&S Interiors; tepee, from Spotlight; felt mask, from Collected; blue hide rug, from Collected; plastic dinosaurs, wooden boat, blue bouncy ball, and wooden dinosaur toy, all from Seedling; wooden cube robot, from Collected; pencil sharpener desk tidy, from Collected; Speckle Farm pencils, from Chatterbox; Stuff storage bag, from Se3; pirate toy, from Shut the Front Door; books stylist’s own.

Top left Wall in Resene Triple Concrete and arrow in Resene Curious Blue; tepee, from Spotlight; felt mask, from Collected. Bottom left Blue hide rug, from Collected; plastic dinosaurs, from Seedling; wooden box, from Briscoes, painted in Resene Half Tuna; wooden blocks, from The Warehouse, painted in Resene Picton Blue and Resene Half Tuna.


Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

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