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Old fashioned charm

Kids' Corner from Your Home and Garden magazine

This young girl’s room is full of old-fashioned charm with a delightful petal pink and sage green palette inspired by a dainty trio of harmonising Resene wallpapers.

Old fashioned charm girls room.

This stunning Resene paint and wallpaper combo – a look epitomised by the feminine, all-matching schemes of the 1970s and ’80s – is making a comeback, but this time with a fresh, modern twist that has dispensed with some of the former fussiness. This delightful room has been styled for a young girl but the treatment is flexible and would particularly suit traditional or classic-style homes where decorative trims and features are already at play.

The wallpaper

The ticking striped wallpaper makes a great base for the feature wall behind the bed, covering the lower 1.4 metres of the wall to form a traditional dado. A second wallpaper, a cute rose pattern, sits above it. For a burst of freshness, we used a lovely soft green on the dado rail (Resene Karen Walker Half Washed Green) and painted some of the furniture to match. On the other walls, we chose a third wallpaper from the same range and in the same colours but in a slightly busier pattern. We also gave an old bookshelf a new look by painting it and applying the wallpaper to the back of the shelves for some added interest.

This young girl’s room is full of old-fashioned charm
Floor painted in Resene Walk-on in Karen Walker Paints Buttery White; dado rail, table and bookshelf in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Karen Walker Paints Half Washed Green; picture frames and coat rack in Resene Lustacryl in Tempt, from Resene ColorShops.

Styling the room

As the Resene wallpaper is the main feature, it was important to keep the other elements quite plain. The soft green has been carried through to the quilt and bed cushions, while the pink from the wallpaper roses reappears on the coat rack, picture frames, cushions and accessories, neatly tying the look together.

DIY wallpaper flowers

To give the room a cute, handmade touch we got creative with some Resene wallpaper offcuts, turning them into flowers which we attached to the wall. We cut out our wallpaper flowers using a simple template found online, which came in two sizes. Then we glued the smaller flower to the bigger one, leaving the petals unglued. To finish the blooms, a circle of wallpaper in a complementary pattern was added to the centre of each. After folding the petals inwards to create a 3-D effect, the flowers were ready to stick on the wall with a little Blu-Tack.

Accessories: Resene Wallpaper Collection PP35524, PP35527 and PP35540, from Resene ColorShops. Glow tumbler, wash bag, Sove linen pillowcase pair in mauve, linen euro pillowcase in mushroom, Oku tissue box, wool throw, from Citta. Autumn doll, from Shut The Front Door. Washed velvet quilt, Mulberi Montpellier cushion in sage, rose quilted cushion, from Crave Home. Living & Co Bastide baskets, from The Warehouse. Home Republic Oakland ottoman, from Adairs. Molly fur backpack, Jodi velvet sneakers, from Rubi. Maileg mini Romantic chair (on shelf). Maileg bunnies, for mini and for maxi, wicker suitcase, doll’s pram, Cam Cam star cushion, In the Garden and Swing prints, Mini Lapin figurine, from Little Whimsy. Painted furniture secondhand. Other items stylist’s own.

Styling by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.



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