Kids’ cor­ner Swing upon a star

Mini as­tro­nauts can take a bed­time trip to the Milky Way in this space-themed room span­gled with glow-in-the-dark stars

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Styling by Vanessa Nouwens. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fen­wick.

For a room de­sign to re­ally have im­pact it is im­por­tant to work out what you want to be the hero, or fo­cus, of the room, and then build the scheme around that el­e­ment. In this cool child’s bed­room the hero is clearly the starry fea­ture wall be­hind the bed, which sets the ‘outer space’ theme for the whole room. The stars have been made with Re­sene glow-in-the-dark paint, so once the lights go out the ‘night sky’ ef­fect will come to life (see be­low). Sim­ply ap­ply two coats of paint in your star colour (we used Re­sene ‘Al­abaster’), fol­lowed by a coat of Re­sene FX Night­light glow-in-the-dark paint. Once dry, stick star de­cals over the wall to cre­ate a starry night. Make sure you stick the de­cals on firmly so paint can’t seep un­der the edges. Now ap­ply two coats of colour for your dark sky (we chose Re­sene ‘Dark Side’).

When the paint is dry, peel off the de­cals to re­veal your stars. The Re­sene FX Night­light paint is ac­ti­vated by sun­light so keep this in mind when pick­ing your fea­ture wall. The paint will glow in the dark by night and ap­pear pale yel­low by day.

To bring the space theme alive, dec­o­ra­tive ac­cents such as a con­stel­la­tion throw, an as­tro­naut cush­ion, a star pil­low­case, a beau­ti­ful moon de­cal over the bed and a ‘phases of the moon’ can­vas have been added at rel­a­tively low cost.

Be in­ven­tive when it comes to cre­at­ing a study nook. Here we took an old con­sole ta­ble and chair and gave them a fresh coat of paint to tie in with the room. A wooden mag­a­zine file and a baked bean tin re­ceived the same treat­ment us­ing Re­sene test­pots. Add a lap­top and a plant (even space ex­plor­ers need a re­minder of home) and the nook is ‘all sys­tems go’. If you have the room, a small arm­chair makes a lovely ad­di­tion with a pen­dant light or floor lamp close by for read­ing.

“The painted stars will glow in the dark by night and ap­pear pale yel­low by day”

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