When it comes to renovations, there is very little that serial DIYers Blair Houston and Gretchen Lowe haven’t tackled. That was until their eight-year-old daughter Gwynnie decided her dream bedroom should have a feature wallpaper.
“Gwynnie wanted wallpaper but we hadn’t used it before,” Gretchen explains. Fortunately for them, help was only a short drive away at their local Resene ColorShop, where Resene Colour Expert Amy Watkins helped them choose a wallpaper that would grow with Gwynnie as she matures over the years.
The colour inspiration for the bedroom came from the wallpaper, which influenced what paint colours they would use. “Gwynnie likes blues and greens, so we kind of started there,” says Gretchen. “She loves the Endemic World picture of sand dunes hanging on her wall because she finds it really calming. When we first put it up she said, ‘Can I have that picture in my room because I just want to stare at it?’”
Gretchen agrees that using existing art is a great starting point when choosing wallpaper and paint. “What I loved about the Resene wallpaper was the apricot tones, as well as the greens and blues that tie in with the sky in the picture.