Trigger the imagination with a room that’s evocative yet tidy, captivating but calming. Involve your child in the scheme to make the space one you’ll both adore.

Fads come and go, so avoid anything with specific cartoon or TV characters

“It will date quickly,” says Siroccohome’s Virginia Penrose, who suggests using sophisticated bedlinen and artwork for a long-lasting effect.

 

To minimise clutter, a trundle bed is handy for storing toys or blankets

“As kids develop, their living space should adapt to their needs,” says David Lewis, of Domayne, who suggests a ‘Carter’ bunk bed, which can later convert into two separate single beds.

 

Miniature versions of classic chairs

Miniature versions of classic chairs are popping up, such as Verner Panton’s ‘Junior’ and Philippe Starck’s ‘Lou Lou Ghost’, from Space, or Arne Jacobsen’s ‘3177’, from Cult. “They’re so well constructed, you’ll be able to pass these on to younger siblings or even grandchildren in the future,” says Gemma Youlley, of Cult.

 

Storing things away at sleep

“Storing things away at sleep time means toys are out of sight and – hopefully – out of mind!” says Donna Rishton. A window seat with built-in storage is one of many options. Zones need to be clearly defined to cater for play and sleep. “Brighter colours and toy boxes in a well-lit area encourage play,” says Joanne McWhinney. “When it’s time to sleep, use a low bed that’s easy for children to access.”

Inspire creativity

Inspire creativity by featuring hands-on elements, such as a personalised height chart or display shelf for treasures (e.g. A ‘Shadowbox’), or use Chalkboard Paint. “It’s great to write notes, thoughts and inspirations.” says Donna.