Kid’s cor­ner

Cre­at­ing a desert-themed room is a great way to put a new twist on pas­tel shades of peach and blue and ex­plore fun mo­tifs such as camels and cacti

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

A desert-themed room

Desert-in­spired in­te­ri­ors have been gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity over the past year and it’s easy to see why – the muted, sun­set colours, an em­pha­sis on tex­ture, and iconic images of sun-bleached land­scapes, wind-carved dunes, cacti and camels are easy on the eye and to­gether cre­ate a wel­com­ing, re­laxed am­bi­ence.

The start­ing point for this bed­room – which would suit a child of any age – is a cool framed camel print. Us­ing the sandy shade in the photo for our wall and floor colour with Re­sene ‘Sand’, we then added ac­cents of ter­ra­cotta and pale blue for con­trast.

The lay­ered bed in­vites re­lax­ation and mixes nat­u­ral linens with comfy cush­ions and a throw which all tie in with the paint colours and the art­work. The beau­ti­ful rat­tan chair makes a great read­ing spot and con­trib­utes an­other nat­u­ral tex­ture to the look.


To cre­ate the wall pat­tern, start your first line of zigzags about 1.6 me­tres up from the floor. Use pain­ter’s mask­ing tape to mask off the zigzags – we al­lowed 50cm for each zig or zag, painted each line 12cm wide, and left a 20cm gap be­tween the blue and ter­ra­cotta lines. Paint the zigzags, leave to dry then paint a sec­ond coat. Re­move tape when dry. If you are keen on adding more zigzag colours, add your favourite colours us­ing Re­sene test­pots.


Avail­able in so many sizes and shapes, bas­kets are great for stor­ing ev­ery­thing from toys and books to shoes and clothes. To tie them in with this room’s pal­ette, we took two raf­fia bas­kets and gave them a new look with painted stripes, us­ing pain­ter’s mask­ing tape and some Re­sene test­pots.

Use Re­sene Sand­tex in your

cho­sen Re­sene colour to take this theme fur­ther and cre­ate a sandy tex­ture.

Wall and floor painted in Re­sene ‘Sand’; zigzags in Re­sene ‘Eskimo’ and Re­sene ‘Floren­tine Pink’; bench in Re­sene ‘Eskimo’; bas­kets in Re­sene ‘Floren­tine Pink’, Re­sene ‘Just Right’ and Re­sene ‘Eskimo’. Striped king sin­gle du­vet cover, $169, euro pil­low­case, $35, both from Fox­trot Home. Framed camel print, $450, Har­ri­son chair, $999, Har­ri­son chair stand, $250, Gen­eral Eclec­tic pil­low­case pair, $59.99, Aura vel­vet eu­ca­lyp­tus cush­ion (blue), $74.99, all from Shut The Front Door. Louis cush­ion (mus­tard), $59.90, from Wallace Cot­ton. Eadie Pan­neau cush­ion in sea mist (striped), $169, Pa­paya mon­key, $39, Sand­man dec­o­ra­tion, $37.50, all from Repub­lic Home. Hanna ta­ble lamp, $44.95, from Free­dom. Bloom tufted throw, $189, Sove linen pil­low­case (pink), $39.90, both from Citta. Ar­madillo & Co At­las Ber­ber knot rug, $1395, from A&C Home­store. Other items stylist’s own.

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