A solid base
Start with a warm, neutral wall colour and furniture pieces that have clean, classic lines. The more restrained you are at the outset, the more scope you’ll have to update your children’s rooms as they get older. Invest in quality items that will be in use decades from now.
Accessories will give the room its personality. Use bed linen, textiles, lights and the new breed of removable wall stickers to skew the look of the space. And because they are ‘just’ accessories, they’re easy and inexpensive to replace when it’s time to redecorate.
A pre-schooler’s bedroom
“See the room the way a child would see it,” advises Ikea’s Adelina Tan. “Things are different from their perspective. Have everything at the right height for a child.” That includes hanging mirrors at floor level and installing hooks within reach of short arms.
Choose toy storage
It must be easy for your child to access or move around. That way, you can encourage them to get out their own toys when they want to play – and do their own packing away.
Kids need bigger clothes as they grow
You might want to hang your child’s dresses, pants and skirts in a wardrobe, rather than keep them in a chest of drawers. If yours does not offer adjustable rails, install your own with fittings from Bunnings Warehouse, Mitre 10 or Howard’s Storage World.
Kids love to showcase their developing personalities by putting their favourite things on display. Look for savvy furniture pieces like Moochie-Moo’s Mister Ziggy (an upholstered bedhead with elastic straps that can hold drawings) or frame their own works and artfully arrange them.
Privacy starts to become an issue now
Drape a canopy over the bed and your child’s room becomes a fairy garden, a ship’s cabin, a jungle hideaway or anything they care to dream up.”
Avoid anything with specific cartoon or TV characters “As these will be quickly outgrown,” advises Mandi Gunsberger, from Babyology. “Rather, use images of animals and scenery or abstract patterns that will grow with your children.”