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Childrens' shared room

Kids' Corner from Your Home and Garden magazine

Give a shared room individual style with cool and contemporary paint effects.

Painted toy box

Decorating a shared children’s room can be tricky, as the occupants are bound to have very different ideas about how it should look. Search for some common ground between the two – a theme, colour or object that both kids love – and use this as your starting point. In this case, it was doughnuts, and the fun bedlinen we found was not only the perfect unisex choice but the springboard for the entire scheme.

Decor tips

Shared bedroom - anged wall, diamond wall

“Consider dividing the room in half using a paint effect, so each child feels like they have their own zone. In this room, we painted the wall behind the bed in two different resene colours, separated by a diagonal line.”

Paint tricks

Accessories / colours

Top photo: Wall painted in Resene Sunkissed; floor painted in Resene Quarter Alabaster; white toy box, from Mocka, painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Sunkissed, Resene Frozen and Resene Tussock. Armadillo & Co Twine rug in charcoal/limestone, from The Ivy House; Seedling wooden sword, from Shut The Front Door; hula hoop, from Look Sharp; lightbox, from Kmart; wooden camera, from Decor Handled; glitter ball, from Kmart; Lego Mixel toy, from Farmers; ice cream money box, from Green With Envy. Books, stylist’s own.

Lower photo (left): Floor painted in Resene Walk-on in Resene Quarter Alabaster; side wall painted in Resene Foundry (grey); back wall painted in Resene Frozen (blue) and Resene Sunkissed (yellow); paint diamonds in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Quarter Alabaster, Resene Sunkissed and Resene Tussock. All walls painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen. Bleeker St pendant light, from Freedom; ‘Grow Up’ print,(unframed), from; Seedling wooden sword, from Shut The Front Door; doughnut Post-it notes, from Collected; Fenton grey bedside table, from Farmers; felt ball, from Good as Gold; diamond canister, from Me and My Trend; Lego Mixel toy, from Farmers; twirly ribbon wand, from Seedling; lightbox, from Kmart; Milk and Sugar checked blanket, from Home Etc; Sack Me Crispy Crème doughnut cushion, and Sack Me Crispy Crème pillowcase, both from Shut The Front Door; Sack Me Crispy Crème single reversible duvet cover, and Sack Me diamond pillowcase, both from Tea Pea; Castle pegboard pillowcase, and Castle spot pillowcase, both from Small Acorns; Baxter yellow cushion, from Freedom; fox soft toy, from Cotton On Kids; Armadillo & Co Twine rug in charcoal/limestone, from The Ivy House. Grey velvet cushion, books and shoes, stylist’s own.

Lower photo (right): Wall painted in Resene Quarter Alabaster, Resene Tussock and Resene Sunkissed; Heaven in Earth wooden pegs, from Tea Pea, painted in Resene Frozen.Doughnut Post-it notes, from Collected; ice cream skipping rope, from Tea Pea; Fenton bedside table, from Farmers; drawstring bag (comes with the Sack Me Crispy Crème pillowcase inside), from Shut The Front Door. Poodle decoration, stylist’s own.


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

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