Interior Style

How to add some wild style to your kid’s bedroom with a jungle theme

With its combo of colours and finishing touches, this fun, jungle-inspired bedroom proves you can give a stylish spin to a themed look

If you’re looking for a child’s bedroom scheme that’s neither too young or too grown-up, take inspiration from this punchy, tiger-themed room. A bookshelf that also doubles as a headboard takes centre stage, adding personality as well as a practical place to store and showcase favourite items. If you have the room, add a chair and stool to create a reading area, and finish with some faux or real greenery to bring this jungle-style space alive.

Art attack 

To create this simple ‘Welcome to my jungle’ artwork, paint a round art canvas in Resene ‘Quarter Sisal’. While it dries, hand-cut letters from a sheet of contact adhesive or print out your chosen message, trace the letters onto the adhesive and cut out. Peel off the backing and stick letters onto canvas, smoothing down the edges so no paint will bleed underneath. Coat entire canvas in a paint colour of your choice – we used Resene ‘Noosa’. Dry overnight then peel off the letters.

Shelf safari 

This DIY bookshelf-cum-headboard provides a great focal point for a bedroom, as well as being a fun and functional way to keep books or a glass of water handy. Ours is 2.2m wide by 1.8m tall with 6.5cm-deep shelves. Look for an online tutorial to make your own or find a secondhand bookshelf for an upcycling project.


Shop the Look

+ Wall painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in ‘Palm Green’ from Resene ColorShops.
+ Bedhead-cum-bookshelf painted in Resene Lustacryl in ‘Noosa’ from Resene ColorShops.
+ Bedside lamp painted in Resene Lustacryl in ‘Nero’ from Resene ColorShops.
+ King single duvet cover, $169 from Foxtrot Home.
+ Green euro pillowcase, $35 from Foxtrot Home.
+ Ochre pillowcase, $55 a pair, from Foxtrot Home.
+ Home Republic Omaha pom pom throw, $139.99, from Adairs.
+ Side drawer (painted in Resene Lustacryl in ‘Quarter Sisal’), $35, from Kmart.
+ Brass tiger, $129.99, from Nood.
+ Rectangular tiger cushion cover, $12.99 from H&M Home.
+ Square tiger cushion cover, $12.99 from H&M Home.
+ Raffia cushion cover (on floor), $29.99, from H&M Home.
+ Bamboo pendant light (painted in Resene Lustacryl in ‘Quarter Sisal’), $99.80, from Bed Bath & Beyond.
+ Animal postcard set, $39.99, from Father Rabbit.
+ How to Be a Lion by Ed Vere, $17.99, from Little Whimsy.
+ Maileg mini lion and gorilla soft toys (on shelf), $53 each from Little Whimsy.
+ Felix the tiger animal head (on wall), $145, from Little Whimsy.
+ Lion paperweight, $69.95 (on shelf), from Little Whimsy.
+ Chisum planter, $59.95 from Freedom.
+ Rogue faux palm, $179, from Freedom.
+ Albion floor runner, $129, from Freedom.
+ Rogue hanging fern, $69.95, from Freedom.
+ Clement tan chair, $1070 from Williams Road.
+ Marlboro leather stool, $335, from Williams Road.
+ Plastic animals, $12 for 8, from Look Sharp.
+ Round art canvas, $10, from Look Sharp.
+ Malmo Scandia flooring in Aarhus, from Carpet Court.
+ Other items stylist’s own.


All the colours seen here are from the Resene Total Colour System. Paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. resene.co.nz/colorshops or 0800 RESENE (737 363).

Created and styled by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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