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Find­ing the right piece to make a splash in any space – from kids’ rooms to bath­rooms – is all about re­search and cre­ative think­ing, says Alex

Hi Alex

We are cur­rently up­dat­ing our wee boy’s bed­room from baby friendly to a more grown-up space. I have a clear idea of what I want it to look like but I’m hav­ing trou­ble sourc­ing bunk beds. We’re af­ter some­thing stable and solid that can stand up to the rough and tum­ble of lit­tle boys but also looks stylish. Are you able to give us some op­tions?

Naomi and Dave Daw­son, Master­ton

Like any fur­ni­ture, you tend to get what you pay for and beds aren’t cheap, es­pe­cially well-made ones. I have picked out some awe­some mod­els for kids’ rooms that I know stand the test of time and look good, which is what we want. An al­ter­na­tive to pur­chas­ing new would be to buy a sec­ond­hand bed and breathe life into it with a new mat­tress and fresh coat of paint. Depend­ing on the cost, get­ting sec­ond­hand bunk beds pro­fes­sion­ally sprayed in a two-pot lac­quer is a great op­tion and you also get to choose a colour that will suit the space. Here are a few other con­sid­er­a­tions for bunks: > En­sure they meet New Zealand safety stan­dards. > Think about the size dif­fer­ence be­tween sin­gle and king sin­gle (which is ac­tu­ally a dou­ble).

> Con­sider the cost ver­sus the amount of use you will get out of bunks – is there a younger sib­ling or fam­ily mem­ber to pass them down to when they are out­grown?

> Find a style that suits your bud­get, aes­thetic and func­tion.

> For some­thing new, try the fol­low­ing:

1. Dream Cloud loft bed, AU$1595 plus ship­ping, from ply­room.com.au.

2. Saturn bunk bed, $1289, from Wind­mill Kids Fur­ni­ture.

3. Bunkboy bunk, $3490, from Meluka.

Dear Alex

We are plan­ning a fam­ily bath­room ren­o­va­tion and thought it would be re­ally fun to throw a bit of colour at this space. We mostly want it to be white but with pops of colour. Can you sug­gest how we could do this with­out it look­ing like an over­the-top rain­bow?

The Gar­den fam­ily, Hawke’s Bay

Ad­ding colour into a neu­tral space such as a bath­room is about bal­ance and be­ing clever with your colour pal­ette. It’s also about plan­ning ahead (which you are – big tick), de­cid­ing what your colours will be and stick­ing to a plan. Aim for three or four colours that sit right with you and let those be your guide.

Un­for­tu­nately, chrome is still the ma­jor player when it comes to tap­ware and bath­room ac­ces­sories, but ask your lo­cal sup­plier what’s avail­able as they of­ten don’t hold colour­ful items in stock but can or­der them in. Coloured tap­ware, sinks and even toi­lets are mak­ing a come­back, which is re­fresh­ing and al­lows us to be a lit­tle more cre­ative in our bath­rooms. If there’s some­thing that doesn’t come in the colour you are af­ter, you could try to cus­tomise it. I have had heated towel rails, hooks and toi­let-roll hold­ers spray-painted to re­ally great ef­fect. If all that seems far too per­ma­nent, there’s al­ways the good ol’ coloured tow­els and bath­mat to fall back on! Try these sup­pli­ers to get your mitts on some colour­ful ac­ces­sories:

> Her­itage Hard­ware for coloured sinks.

> The Kitchen Hub for bright taps from As­tra Walker.

> Tes­suti for Mis­soni striped tow­els.

> Me and My Trend for wall hooks.

> Bolt of Cloth for hand tow­els.

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In­te­rior de­signer

ALEX FUL­TON

Snow­don pink

sink, $1260.42, from Her­itage Hard­ware. Mis­soni towel,

$125, from Tes­suti.

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