Bring a bit more fun into the kids bedroom with waves and squiggles

Get playful and have some fun with waves, squiggles and curvy blotches

Wall Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen and floor Resene Walk-on, both in Resene Bone, Resene Kalgoorie Sands. Headboard: Resene Kalgoories Sands. Painted wall frame: Resene Beethoven. Boucle chair from Kmart. Tobacco stripe euro pillowcase and tobacco duvet cover and pillowcase from Foxtrot Home. Cloud teddy cushion and Brown Teddy cushion both from Lune & Co.

Squiggles, waves, curves – whatever you call them – they are hitting their stride and we can’t get enough of them. This playful pattern is a perfect candidate for a kid’s room and its simple, versatile nature means it can be repeated without overwhelming the space.

In this modern child’s room, a jaunty squiggle design has been painted and repeated throughout the space on the headboard, bedside table, side wall, and even as a frame for art.

Paired with this charming design is another very on-trend look; tonal terracotta. Using a palette of Resene Bone, Resene Kalgoorie Sands, Resene Beethoven and Resene Just Right paired with natural materials and pockets for fresh white accents, this squiggly-inspired space becomes a warm and inviting room that will see your child through from toddler to teenager.

Cabinet: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Brown Sugar. Picture frame: Resene Beethoven. Vases: Resene Just Right. Bowl: Resene Dark Buff. Tamari wall basket and Byron floor rug from Mocka. Kitten Bandit – Mysterious Girl art print by Emily Winfield Martin

Side wall
To create the side wall with a wavy pattern, draw a line across the wall that is 1.6m off the floor. Then, either hand draw the wave pattern above the line or make a cardboard template to use as a stencil. Use a small paintbrush to outline and fill in the waves, then use a roller to apply your Resene colour on the bottom half.

To achieve the painted headboard design, measure an area behind the bed that’s 1.2m x 1.4m. Use painter’s tape to outline the sides of the shape – we’ve used a 5cm width, then use the same template you created for the side wall or hand draw a pencil squiggle line. Paint with a small paintbrush, allow to dry, and then remove the painter’s tape.

Bedside table: Resene Brown Sugar with Resene Just Right. Mushie Feelings poster and Maileg Teddy Mum from Little Whimsy.

Bedside table
For a squiggly, liquorice allsorts-inspired bedside table, paint the base in Resene Brown Sugar, allow to dry, then hand paint the squiggle onto the centre using Resene Just Right.

Picture frame
Do you have art prints but no frames? No worries. Simply paint a squiggly frame on the wall with leftover paint or a Resene testpot and hang the prints over top.

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.

Styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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