Attention all sports fans! What better environment to nurture energy-filled kids than with a vibrant sports-themed zone of their own?

Giving them a space that echoes their favourite hobbies and games might just take them that extra mile further when it comes to seeing their goals through – and teach them that whether they win or lose, it’s the taking part that counts. That’s what we call a win-win situation.

Watch the video above and then read on for our step-by-step guide for transforming your little sport star’s space. Get ready, get set, go!

Sports equipment

You will need:

  • Jasmine White Easycare matt – enough to paint the whole room
  • 2.5 litre Tangerine Twist Easycare matt paint
  • 5 x rolls of 2” low tack decorators masking tape (Frog tape)
  • 1 x roll of 1” normal masking tape
  • 2 x Dulux 2” brushes
  • Coloured chalk (we recommend children’s coloured chalks, as they stain less)
  • Ball of white string
  • Drawing pins
  • Number stencils
  • 1 x small Dulux roller kit
  • 2 x large Dulux roller kits
  • Dust sheets
  • Small stepladder
Sport how 1

Step 1: Paint the walls Jasmine White.

Step 2: Measure and mark the position of the track lines at the top of the wall using coloured chalk

Step 3: Run some coloured chalk over the string of a plumb line and then line up with the measurements and fix with masking tape.

Step 4: Allow the weight to stop moving then pull the string tight against the wall and ‘pluck’ it off the surface to create a chalked line.

Step 5: Follow the chalked lines with masking tape and rub the edges down well.

Sport how 2

Step 6: Apply a coat of white background colour over the masking tape to seal the edges and allow to dry.

Step 7: Apply two coats of Tangerine Twist Easycare matt to your wall, allowing the first coat to fully dry before applying the second.

Step 8: When the second coat is touch-dry, remove the masking tape carefully.

Step 9: Snap a horizontal chalk line to help position the number stencils. Make sure they are evenly spaced and then hold in place with masking tape.

Step 10: Use a small foam radiator roller to apply white over them – they will need two coats, so leave stencil in place between coats.

Sport how 3

Expert tips

Before you start, here’s a few things to look out for:

1. Use good quality low tack 2” decorators masking tape.

2. Use a spirit level to check horizontal line for positioning numbers.

3. Make sure that the foam roller or sponge for stencilling doesn’t have too much paint on it when you apply paint through the stencil. Load it with paint and then roll or dab off the excess onto some old paper before you start.

Finishing touches

Once you’re on track with your sporty backdrop, complete the look with some themed accessories. These three buys will help you cross the finish line in style:

Reusable paper sack, This Modern Life, £7.50.

Retro skateboard, Argos, £39.99.

Metal storage locker, Kidspace, £39.


Swing by the Dulux Kids page for more inspiration and kids room ideas.