Three easy ways to refresh your kid's room in one weekend!
Have fun with colour: Interior stylist and artist Amber Armitage shares three quick and easy ways to refresh your child’s room in just a weekend!
LOOK ONE: MINI LIBRARY
Encourage reading and creativity with a mini library for your little ones:
⭐ Hang up shelves or picture ledges at a height that your kids can easily reach.
⭐ We made a focal point of this corner by creating a vertical stripe (using masking tape) through the middle of the shelves, painting the left side in Resene Island Spice and the right side in Resene Coral Tree.
⭐ Display favourite books on the shelves and create a seating area to draw your kids in.
LOOK TWO: GEOMETRIC MURAL
You can easily create an eye-catching mural by using a combination of simple shapes, such as circles and lines:
⭐ Start by drawing freehand with a pencil or trace around existing objects to make up the shapes.
⭐ Get the kids involved in choosing shapes and picking a colour palette, then pick up some test pots and get painting!
⭐ Paint around the pencil outlines first, then fill in. You’ll need at least two coats.
LOOK THREE: ROLL OUT THE WALLPAPER
Adding a beautiful wallpaper to your little one’s room can make a big impact. Wallpaper a whole wall, add it to the doors of a storage unit or frame up a large piece of wallpaper and hang as art.
⭐ Select a wallpaper where the colours speak to you and spark joy – its a great starting point to create a colour palette for the entire room.
⭐ Use this colour palette to upcycle a piece of furniture. If you don’t have a built-in wardrobe, you could paint up a house-shaped wardrobe like this one, or upcycle a free-standing wardrobe from TradeMe.
⭐ Another great weekend project idea is to upcycle a small piece of furniture from an op shop (take the kids along!). We found this little round trolley, tightened up a few screws, painted the legs in Resene Apple Blossom and styled it up with books and toys.
Wall painted in Resene Island Spice (left) and Resene Coral Tree (right). Geometric mural painted in (from left) Resene Mai Tai, Resene All Black and Resene Prairie Sand. Freedom Furniture Bungalow king single bed, $649 (excluding mattress); Città Cotton velvet cushion cover, $49.90; Città Forget Me Not duvet cover, $199; Città Wilfred the Whale, $59.90; Freedom Furniture Khofri floor rug 250cm, $349; Freedom Furniture Lion floor cushion, $79; Liewood Lars wooden blocks, $98 from littlewhimsy.co.nz; Olli Ella Toaty Trunk in natural, $169, and Olli Ella Dinkum Doll in sprout, $99, both from littlegatherer.com; Città Waffle beach towel in chestnut, $59.90; The Warehouse Living & Co Pandi Kids table & chairs set, $79; Liewood Allan backpack – cat in mustard, $98 from littlewhimsy.co.nz. On the toybox: Città Flora cushion cover in mango/dijon, $49.90; Città Basil the Fox, $49.90; Città Mushroom knit cot blanket, $79.90. Model wears: Jamie Kay organic cotton muslin Sadie onepiece in juniper, $49.99, jamiekay.co.nz. Pretty Brave Electric boot in spots, $79.95 from littlegatherer.com; Books thanks to: Allium Interiors, Father Rabbit and Little Whimsy.
Art Direction & styling: Amber Armitage
Photography: Wendy Fenwick/Flash Studios
Styling Assistant: Kate Battersby
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