Resene paint project: A DIY headboard

Follow the rules and make your own by adding an artsy headboard to a classic scheme.

In association with Resene.

  It’s a commonly held belief that neutral walls — ours are in Resene Solitaire — are fail-safe in a bedroom for the sense of calm they project. That’s perfectly true, and they also form an unobtrusive backdrop for more eye-catching elements you can play your way — in this instance an earth-toned DIY headboard.

   To make our folksy version, paint a 105cm x 195cm piece of timber with Resene Rewilding, leaving a 15cm border around the top and sides and masking with painter’s tape (we use Sellotape Washi Advanced, from Resene ColorShops) to achieve a crisp edge. Allow to dry before removing the tape.

  Confine your punchier headboard hues to the border, so they’re visually interesting, not overwhelming. Divide the border into 15cm squares, mask with tape, then paint alternate squares with Resene Tequila Sunrise. Once dry, remove the tape, then repeat the process to add 2cm squares of Resene Deep Teal in the middle of each.

Stylist’s tip
The timber bed base and the floor are also opportunities to introduce complementary colours to this warm cream space. We opted for Resene Trek for the bed, and painted the floor with Resene Tenor-tinted Resene Walk-on, which has a surface finish specially designed to be durable and reduce slipping. 

PAINTED ITEMS: MAIN IMAGE Walls in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Solitaire; headboard in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Rewilding, Resene Tequila Sunrise and Resene Deep Teal; bed base in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Trek; and floor in Resene Walk-on tinted to Resene Tenor, DÉCOR ITEMS: FROM LEFT Zita dining chair, $3800/set of two; Thierry side table, $3100; Zachary wall light, $750, Atmosphere artwork by Paula Coulthard, $1250, Chiara vase, $290, Unplugged Checkers mat, $220, Textured linen bedcover, $699, Bolster cushion $255, Studio Velvet Jade fabric (used as curtain), $120/m,

FROM LEFT Resene Solitaire, Resene Rewilding, Resene Tequila Sunrise, Resene Deep Teal, Resene Trek, Resene Tenor,

Styling Juliette Wanty
Photography Wendy Fenwick at Flash Studios

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