Timeless colour palettes, versatile furniture and clever storage are the holy trinity behind creating a delightful children’s room that will span the years. Factor in a sense of fun, plus some easy and affordable updates, and you’re set. Here, we’ve gathered inspirational ideas for a long-lasting look that both parents and their offspring will love.
"In terms of colour, you can't go wrong with pastels and gorgeous washy hues. These work for both boys and girls"Melissa Lee
A temporary wallpaper feature can bring life to a room and, with today’s range of paste-the-wall papers, is an easy update as children mature. Wall murals and removable decals are also great to turn a simple room into something magical – they can spark conversations or games, and even be built into bedtime stories.
Tess Beagley of Minted Interiors suggests using a favourite artwork as a guide if you’re finding it hard to pin down a colour palette. “I like to select a hero piece and let the colours in it determine the palette for the rest of the space,” she says. “Also, never overlook scale: if you have a huge wall a tiny piece of artwork will never look quite right.”
If you don’t want to be redecorating frequently, opt for wallpaper patterns with a motif that offers a sense of fun without being overly babyish, such as spots, stars, chevrons, stripes and natural elements.
Neutral paint colours can act as a stylish backdrop for items that can easily be swapped around as baby grows. Tess has a few fresh favourites. “I like to use duck-egg blue or a blush pink in a girl’s room, and I think a soft grey, such as Dulux Meniscus in half-strength, for a boy’s room, is a great neutral,” she says.