How to create a fun and engaging kid’s corner

Playing is not only fun – it’s also essential for a child’s healthy brain development

Having a space at home for your little ones to let their imaginations run free, and somewhere to store toys, games and craft items, is a great opportunity to have some fun and be bold.

This gender-neutral playroom’s floor and walls are painted in neutral Resene Half Parchment, with colour added through furniture and accessories to bring the space alive. The coordinated palette is created by repeating the colours evenly throughout the room.

Table: Resene Tussock. Stools: Resene Ayers Rock and Resene Twilight.

Playroom essentials

Having shelves in a playroom is not only handy for storing items, but it also keeps things tidy and makes it easy for your little ones to access everything. Smaller storage tubs, baskets and boxes are better for kids to find things than big containers, where they have to pull everything out to find what they want.

A small table and chairs or stools are essential items for your littlies to craft and play games. Whether it’s a reading nook, a bean bag in a corner or a small chair, having somewhere for your child to sit with their nose in a book is an easy way to encourage reading and some chill-out time.

Animal coat rack

Make an animal coat rack by taking a piece of plywood or pine and paint in your desired Resene colour. Take three plastic animals and cut them in half so you’re only using the front. Paint with two coats of your desired colour, then glue the animal halves to wood.

Giraffe picture hanger in Resene Ayers Rock. Zebra picture hanger in Resene Hopbush.

Canvas art

Creating your own artwork can be a fun project to do with your children.

Take two art canvases and paint them in a solid colour using Resene testpots. Using some removable sticker adhesive, draw or trace the letters for your words onto the sticker and cut out. Stick them to the painted canvas. Smooth down all corners so there’s no paint leakage. Paint the top colour onto each canvas over the letters and leave to dry. Once dry, peel the sticker letters off to reveal the Resene colour.

“My Happy Place” (below, right) canvas words are in Resene Sante Fe and the background colour is Resene Takaka. The “Be Kind” canvas words are in Resene Resolution Blue and the background in Resene Twilight.

Wall: Resene SpaceCote in Resene Half Parchment. Floor: Resene Travis with Resene Half Parchment mixed with Resene FX Paint Effects to create marbled floor. Bench seat: Resene Half Resolution Blue. Bookshelves: Resene Bullwhip.

Magnetic picture hangers

To create the magnetic picture hangers, you will need two pieces of fine pine slightly larger than the size of the picture. You will also need some twine, ribbon or string cut to your desired length, some magnetic strips and glue.

Paint the pieces of wood, then glue the ends of the twine to the inside of a piece of wood. Glue the magnetic strips to the wood. Repeat by gluing the magnetic strip to the other piece of the wood, ensuring the magnetic strips line up on both pieces.

Lay the picture onto the back piece of wood with the twine hanger. Lay the other piece of wood on top and the two pieces of wood will join together magnetically. Then hang on the wall. The giraffe picture hanger is in Resene Ayers Rock and the zebra picture hanger is in Resene Hopbush.

To hang the pictures directly onto the wall, use Resene FX Magnetic Magic as a basecoat to create a magnetic wall and use quality magnets to attach your pictures.

Top left to right: Resene Hopbush, Resene Ayers Rock, Resene Resolution Blue.

Bottom left to right: Resene Twilight, Resene Takaka, Resene Sante Fe.

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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