Get it right Q&A
Creative Director at Dulux, Marianne Shillingford, provides inspiration for fun, themed kids’ bedrooms
QMy son is superhero-mad, but I don’t want a room he’ll grow out of quickly. What should I do?
A child’s imagination is key to their development. Why not paint the room blue, then add building silhouettes and a light beam for a more subtle look? You’ll enjoy designing it together, too.
QMy son and daughter share a room. How can I please them both?
Our fantasy Storybook scheme, which transforms the walls into cloud-filled skies, is perfect for both boys and girls. Start by painting the walls a soft blue, then chalk out the rough shapes of the clouds and use a bit of sponge to make the edges visually soft and fluffy.
QI want to create a feature wall – do you have any easy ideas?
Our jungle look is very simple to recreate. Start with a pale blue wall for the sky. Once dry, tape torn lining paper along the top edge then roller a light colour in a downwards direction. Leave to dry before you repeat twice with darker shades.
QOur daughter wants a black bedroom but I’m not sure. Do you have any suggestions?
You could meet each other halfway and go for a space-themed room. Paint two walls and the ceiling black, then the remaining walls blue. Once dry, water down purple, cyan and white, and gently flick the paint off the brush onto the black walls. Use a cotton bud to make white dots, then paint across the top of the dots to make satellites.
QI’d like a fun scheme for my 5-year-old’s room but don’t want lots of colours on the wall. What do you recommend?
Go for a circus-inspired look by painting the ceiling. Mask off roof stripes and paint them a bold red. To complete the look, update the skirting board in a bold yellow.
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