Bright paint effects transform these kids’ rooms

These super cute kids’ rooms are a colour burst. Find out how they got the look, so you can too!

Whose rooms are these?
Johanna, 12, and Paulina, 11.

Who came up with these looks?
Mum Kristin Harrison (caterer specialising in weddings and corporate functions).

Where is it?
Mapua near Nelson.

Kristin, what was the inspiration for Paulina’s room?
Her friend has the same bed and hanging chair and she fell in love with it when we visited for a holiday. She’s wanted the loft bed ever since! It’s her favourite thing about the room.

Did Paulina have any other input into her room?
She wanted a pink wall. She was adamant about pink. It only took her 10 minutes to choose the colour at Resene – much to my surprise, as it was very loud and strong, but it looks perfect.

What did you do yourself?
I painted the floor, the walls, made the lampshade and the pictures, the pompoms – pretty much everything!

Both girls have great work areas. Is that important to you?
I like them to have space to draw and craft. Both girls love scrapbooking and making collages so space and light was very important.

What are the key changes you made to Johanna’s room?
I replaced the old carpet with wooden boards and painted them in a bright white, adding splashes of her favourite colours.

Did Johanna have input into her bedroom?
She wanted a white room with mainly white furniture and lots of colourful accessories.

How did you come up with the triangle paint effect?
Johanna made the pillow on her bed with triangle material from Spotlight, and this inspired the design on her wall. She chose the colours too.

What is her favourite feature?
Her triangle wall and the pillow and throw she sewed herself.

Fact file

Paulina’s room: Green wall in Resene ‘Little Bud’, pink wall in Resene ‘Smitten’, neutral walls in Resene ‘Softly Softly’; rug from Freedom; yellow floor lamp a junkyard find painted in Resene ‘Wild Thing’; hammock bought in Thailand; bulldog artwork made from styrofoam and fabric from Spotlight; paper pompoms homemade; desk and bed system bought on Trade Me, originally Harvey Norman; rocking chair from Trade Me; circle rug from Ikea; green lamp from Warehouse Stationery; pompom garland from Cotton On Kids.

Johanna’s room: Triangle feature wall in Resene ‘Riptide’, Resene ‘Paris’, Resene ‘Daisy’, Resene ‘Geraldine’, Resene ‘Flamingo’, Resene ‘Smitten’; walls and floor in Resene ‘Softly Softly’; paper pompoms homemade and from The $2 Shop; desk from Warehouse Stationery; white drawer system and post box/side table from Mocka; white shelves from Bunnings; desk chair, storage boxes and rug from Nood; bed from Kiwi Living; bedlinen from Collected; lamp from Kmart; pink beanbag from Briscoes; wreath above bed made by Johanna from fabric scraps; lightshade from Ikea.

Total spend

  • Paulina $1200
  • Johanna $1600

Photography by: Daniel Allen