How to decorate a home to suit wee people is front of mind for Auckland-based interior designer Katie Scott.
The Sticks + Stones founder is about to become a mum and has just finished decorating a nursery in preparation for bubs. Unsure of the gender, Katie’s opted for green-toned walls. Tongue-and-groove walls are painted in Resene Haven, a dewy grey green, refined and quiet in mood – perfect for a baby who needs to sleep. The wardrobe doors and wall that surrounds are painted in the mid-grey green of Resene Rivergum while the change table and drawers feature Resene Twizel, a terracotta with a hint of burnt orange. Oak furnishings, natural linen and terracotta pots for toy storage complete the picture and add to the delight of the room.
Katie knows well that young families have a lot on their hands when moving into their first home or apartment, and knowing where to start on the decorating front can be a big deal.
Before starting a decorating project, Katie advises the following:
Painted in colours from the Resene Classics Collection, this kid’s bedroom looks fun. Project by Vanessa Nouwens, photo by Bryce Carleton.* See Resene image credits below.
Once it’s time to swing into action, start with a room, finish that room and then move on, Katie suggests.
“Otherwise, things can get overwhelming, especially with your children in the mix requiring attention and taking up time you anticipate you have for decorating.”
“If it is your first home then you are probably being especially budget conscious so work with what is there. Choose paint colours that will work in with things that are expensive to replace. For example, if you have a timber floor, work around that,” Katie says.
“Resene Sea Fog, with its very neutral tone is a hit among many – not many people dislike it. It’s not too warm, not too grey and tends to go with most things,” Katie enthuses. For those looking for something ‘very white’, Resene Barely There and Resene Black White are her top suggestions.
A colour palette for a kids bedroom built with neutrals doesn’t have to be boring. Project by Vanessa Nouwens, photo by Melanie Jenkins.* See Resene image credits below.
“Resene Alabaster and Resene House White are also easy to blend with other colours and are popular choices.”
Living rooms are often the easiest, Katie says, as they are usually one open space comprising kitchen, dining and lounging areas and tend to rely on one cohesive colour scheme with pops of colour introduced through décor. Painting up some plant pots or vases is a quick and easy way to incorporate more colour. It doesn’t always need to be bright colours, either. Even a painted mirror framed in Resene Nero can add interest to a simple room.
Bedrooms – especially for the kids – offer the scope to inject different themes as they are dressed to suit individual personalities. Duvet covers, bunting, wall decals, playful furniture and framed artwork, for example, reflect personality and are easy to change out as children age. Bedrooms that take inspiration from favourite picture books or fairytales can also be a hit. Decals are a great idea or even simple murals made with paint and masking.
Paint becomes a real friend in kids’ spaces because of its ease of application and the change it affords. As a child’s personality develops, his or her room can become more of a reflection of their individuality and tastes, and a different colour paint can go a long way to achieving this. Pairing stripes in bright colours is an excellent way to create a playful vibe. Try Resene Super Duper, Resene Twilight, Resene Yabbadabbadoo and Resene Tutti Frutti together for a cheerful look. Whatever you choose, a child's bedroom design should be fun and functional – and the options for kid-friendly paint colours is virtually endless.
With the right paint colours, even a kids room can look trend-forward. Project by Gem Adams, photo by Melanie Jenkins.* See Resene image credits below.
Katie says she prefers a fresh white bathroom herself rather than one with colour on the walls, but If you have a separate toilet room, consider a feature wall in a design from the Resene Wallpaper Collection. It’s a great way to add character and involves minimum expenditure for what can be maximum impact.
Katie’s top tips for creating a space that children won’t grow out of too quickly:
For more colour, paint and wallpaper ideas and inspiration see the latest looks online www.resene.co.nz/latestlooks or visit your Resene ColorShop.
Article Source: https://www.oneroof.co.nz/news/38842
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