Your child’s room should be a place of joy, inspiration and comfort. All too often, it’s instead the scene of an epic battle. Picture the scene: on the one hand, you have a child with a serious princess habit, on the other, a parent who cannot stand pink. Or, a kid who insists their room be painted with a Pokémon Go mural, in a home that’s a shrine to white minimalism.
So, what’s the secret to balancing your own style picks and your little one’s developing personality?
First of all, while it may be difficult to let go, you need to accept that your child’s room is the one place that’s unique to them. It’s their mini-world, and it’s completely understandable they want some say in how it looks.
Once you’ve made peace with accepting some input from the room’s resident, the key is carving out some zones for your child to make some choices. If your kid is colour-mad (and what kid isn’t), then rather than allowing them to choose the wall colour, how about compromising on their colour pick for the bed?
For example, Snooze’s range of on-trend metal beds come in a range of beautiful colours. The Pixel and Vibe designs are available in timeless white or grey, but also a sunny yellow or vibrant aqua. The handmade St Germain model is available in over 100 different Dulux Powderpaint shades, so even the fussiest kid can find their perfect hue.
If you’d prefer an upholstered bed, it’s possible to customise a number of headboard designs with your, sorry their, choice of Warwick fabrics. And there’s no need to let function go by the wayside in the pursuit of colour – the bonus with this style is that you can also include a storage base.
So with the colour palette sorted, the next step is creating a zone for them to express their personality. No-one, except possibly a six year old, wants stickers covering every surface, so the trick is to have a designated zone that’s completely theirs. It might be as small as a corkboard over a desk, or as big as a wall, but it’s important to make it clear that it’s their domain. Think about a chalkboard-or magnetic-painted section (the back of the door is a space that’s handily out of sight most of the time) and let them decorate it to their heart’s content. Encourage them to update this spot regularly and if a theme develops, encourage it with decorative items to match.