Get it right Q&A

Cre­ative Director at Dulux, Marianne Shilling­ford, pro­vides in­spi­ra­tion for fun, themed kids’ bed­rooms

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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.

Pol­ished Peb­ble; Rich Black; Strik­ing Cyan; and Ba­nana Split emul­sion, all from £13 per 2.5ltr, Dulux

Putting Green; At­mos­phere; and En­chanted Eden emul­sion, all from £16 per 2.5ltr, Dulux

Pep­per Red and Ba­nana Split, both £22 per 2.5ltr, Dulux

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