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Jungle themed bedroom

Kids' Corner from Your Home and Garden magazine

Bring the outside in and embrace the wild in this adventurous, jungle themed bedroom fit for any wee king or queen of the wilderness.

Jungle themed bedroom

Kids will love this modern ‘jungle’ bedroom with its bright, vibrant stripes and mix of patterns. Although a typical jungle scene would involve a great deal of green, we’ve reinterpreted the theme more loosely, using a deep, dark blue (Resene Bunting) to suggest the shadows and wells of darkness found on the forest floor, far below the tree canopy. This is offset by a tiger stripe of orange (Resene Hi Jinx) and a block of swimming-hole aqua (Resene Keppel).

This room would lend itself to both girls and boys and suit any child from a toddler up to a 10-year-old. What makes the scheme so appealing and fun is the use of different patterns – from the geometric paint effects on the wall and pinboard to the stripes, blobs and leaves on the bedding. All the accessories tie into the colour scheme with living greenery adding touches of tropical lushness (encourage your child to take on the role of caring for their plants). And don’t forget to layer the bed with both pillows and cushions so he or she has a place to chill out and read.

Basket project

Storage is king in a kid’s room and baskets are a great and inexpensive option for storing soft toys, dolls, blocks, Lego and small books.

To tie in with the colour scheme, we gave a simple seagrass basket a mini makeover by painting the lower half in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Keppel. To further link it in, we made a couple of wool tassels in orange and navy and tied them to the handles.

Jungle themed bedroom
Left: basket project. Right: corkboard project; Walls painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Bunting (blue), Resene Hi Jinx (orange) and Resene Keppel (aqua) rom Resene ColorShops and resellers.

Corkboard project

If you are looking for somewhere to display your child’s art, certificates, birthday invites and photos, a corkboard is the answer. We made ours decorative as well as functional by giving it a quick paint job in two of our three feature colours (Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Keppel and Resene Bunting). Use painter’s tape to mask out your design and paint away.

Paint feature

Paint the walls in Resene Bunting. Once dry, mask the edges of your first stripe using painter’s masking tape (our stripes run the length of one wall). The aqua stripe (Resene Keppel) starts at 1.5m off the floor and is 40cm high. The orange stripe (Resene Hi Jinx) is 20cm high. Paint one stripe at a time, wait for it to dry, then mask off and paint the second stripe. All paint is Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen.

“Turn the task of selecting a suitable plant or two into an adventure by letting your child pick out some cool plants and pots at the garden centre.”

Accessories: Seagrass basket, from Kmart; Le Edit striped blanket, from Tea Pea; corkboard, from Warehouse Stationery; animal greeting cards, from Allium; net, from 2 Cheap; fake monstera plant, from Kmart; soft toys, stylist’s own; tassels, made by stylist. Orange linen Eadie cushion, Vermore seagreen cushion, striped stool (used as bedside table), all from Republic Home; blue pillowcase and duvet cover set, seagrass basket, fake monstera plant, all from kmart; Crossing the Jungle Tiger pillowcase, and Woodland Dash fitted sheet single, both from Burrow and Be; throw blanket (with pom poms), from Cotton On Kids; ply lion, and corkboard, both from Warehouse Stationery; Petite desk in aqua, and Panama latte cup (pens not included), both from Freedom; net, from 2 Cheap; A3 Evie Kemp lion art print, from Tea Pea; dinosaur planter, with sisal plant, and animal greeting cards, all from Allium. All other items, stylist’s own.

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

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