How to create a circus-themed kid’s room

Step right up and give your kid’s room a fun circus feel

If you’re looking to add character to your child’s white bedroom walls, try adding an easy checked pattern feature made from cork tiles – or take inspiration from the big top with some fun stripes to create an impact.

This wall idea adds great texture with the cork, as well as visual interest from the check – it’s also practical as a big pinboard for your kid’s artwork. First measure the wall you want to tile, then buy enough packs of cork tiles to cover the wall.

We used Home Lux Cork Tiles, 300x300mm, $37 for a pack of nine. Separate the tiles into two even groups, leaving one set raw and lay the other set out on the floor, then roll two coats of Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Half Gin Fizz over the top.

Once dry, attach the tiles to the wall, starting at the bottom-left corner and working your way over. You may need to cut some tiles with a craft knife and metal ruler if the tiles don’t fit the size of your wall. Depending on how permanent you want the cork tile wall to be, you can either attach the tiles using a strong PVA wood glue or removable adhesive tape.

For the stripes, we used a base coat of Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Half Gin Fizz, but if your walls are already white, you can use that as the base. Then you will need two rolls of painter’s tape, depending on the size of the wall to be painted.

We opted for a 48mm-width tape and kept the stripes an even distance apart, but you could also opt to spread the tape further apart for a thicker red stripe. Once you have taped up your stripes, roll over two coats of Resene SpaceCote in Resene Pursuit. Give the paint time to touch-dry before carefully removing the tape so you don’t get any bleed.


Add extra contrast by varying the sheen level of your stripes and checks. Try Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss to contrast against lower- sheen walls.

More Resene colours to try: Resene Amped, Resene White Noise, Resene Ted

For more kid’s room decorating ideas, pick up a free copy of habitat plus – kids’ spaces from your local Resene ColorShop or reseller – or, view it online at It’s packed full of ideas for how you can bring out the best in your child’s play and sleep spaces.

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