We love pink and blue as much as the next people, but how about something new? Here are two gender-neutral mural ideas that are neat for kids and easy on parents’ eyes too.
Creating a space that encourages open-ended play, this geometric design provides endless possibilities for make-believe.
Left: Jump rope by Kids Essentials, $4, thewarehouse.co.nz. Finley overalls, $50, naturebaby.com. Coathanger stylist’s own. Backdrop wall: Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Tussock, triangles in Resene Rumour Has It, arch in Resene Zinzan, stairs in Resene Atmosphere, semi-circle in Resene Ringo, floor in Resene Walk-on in Resene Atmosphere.
Accessories (top right photo, from left): Wooden wall pegs, each, fatherrabbit.co.nz. Kanken Mini backpack, dappermrbear.com. Hula hoops, thewarehouse.co.nz. Globe cushion, klay.co.nz. Studyboy 2 Crate desk, meluka.co.nz. Follow Me lamp, concreteblush.com. Bear tumbler, littlewhimsy.co.nz. Bear Snackie bowl and plate set, dappermrbear.com. Arnold Circus stool, precinct35.co.nz. Fun Food fruit by Play Studio, set of six (painted in Resene Atmosphere, Ringo and Zinzan), thewarehouse.co.nz. Lego storage brick, toyco.co.nz. Mosslanda picture ledge (painted in Resene Rumour Has It), akia.co.nz. Wooden animals, from each, naturebaby.com. Numero 74 futon, concreteblush. com. Wooden tamborine, Mini cymbals, dappermrbear.com. Castle Maypole Taffeta cushion, smallacorns.co.nz. Sweetheart Chair pillow, littlewhimsy.co.nz. Books and coloured pencils stylist’s own.
A composite marble or granite material popularised by modernist architects, we turned terrazzo’s confetti-ish look into a playful backdrop for a baby’s room.
Use a roller to paint the entire wall with 2-3 coats of Resene Truffle, then allow to dry.
Roughly sketch out on a piece of paper the terrazzo-look pattern you want to create on the wall, then use this as your guide. We used three colours: Resene Seachange, Resene Dawn Chorus and Resene Paddock.
Use a pencil to draw outlines of your shapes on the wall, then mask them out with painter’s tape. To create ragged edges, rip pieces of tape in half lengthways before sticking them on the wall. The more different angles and edges you can create, the better.
Use a roller to paint 2-3 coats of each of your chosen colours inside the tape. Once dry, remove the tape, assess the overall look, then repeat the process to create some additional smaller shapes that intersect with the larger ones.
Left: Uno cot, Cot sheet set, fohfum.co.nz. Muslin wrap, naturebaby.com. Lucky Boy Sunday Birdie Blue toy, littlewhimsy.co.nz. Blabla Cactus pillow, Castle Dusty Blue Velvet lumbar cushion, smallacorns.co.nz. Right: Mosslanda picture ledge (painted in Resene Paddock), akia.co.nz. Wooden stacking bear, dappermrbear.com. Forest Suit overalls, naturebaby.com. Coathanger and books stylist’s own.
Accessories (top right photo, from left): Comback rocking chair by Kartell, backhousenz.com. Web Weave rug, from nodirugs.co.nz. Mini Dressing Knit blanket, littlewhimsy.co.nz. Casey cuddle bunny, naturebaby.com. Mr Gradi snake, concreteblush.com. Contrast light shade, cittadesign.com. Luggy basket, gathered.nz. Miniature Funkis house, concreteblush.com. Suzy’s City wooden block set, littlewhimsy.co.nz. Hand-felted mushrooms, from each, blackbirdgoods.co.nz.