Step this way for rooms with timeless appeal
A child’s room can be tricky to master, but choose the right elements and it will last from toddler to teenager.
While there are many things that make a bedroom scheme work, including colour, pattern and texture, beyond that, creating a space that will last, while keeping little ones happy, can prove difficult.
We caught up with Ursula Wesselingh, interior designer and founder of Room to Bloom, to find out her top tips for making a children’s bedroom scheme to last …
Back to basics
“Invest in getting the basics right to make updates easier. Check you’ve got enough sockets for the room’s current and futures uses to avoid trailing cables and extension leads. Moving radiators or choosing vertical ones opens up more options for furniture placement, but changing their position can mean taking up floorboards, so do it before putting down new flooring.”
“Durable surfaces are key to longevity. Neutral flooring is best, with timber a practical choice as it is hard-wearing and easy to clean, however, sound insulation will be required in the floor void, as it conveys more noise than carpet. A washable rug can be easily updated and will soften the look. Furniture is best finished with paint, varnish or lacquer that can be wiped clean. Select a washable emulsion for walls and eggshell for woodwork.”
“Decorative details such as prints and pictures are easy to update, especially if displayed on a ledge, or left unframed and casually stuck on walls with Washi tape, for example (use it cautiously on wallpaper, though). Fairy lights, garlands, bunting and pom-poms make inexpensive finishing touches.”
“When buying furniture, go for classic or modern styles with clean lines in neutral finishes. Avoid age-specific themes, patterns or cut-outs and child-sized wardrobes, as you’ll need more storage before you know it. Vintage pieces, such as wrought-iron beds, school furniture and French armoires, can be charming.”
“Ceiling spots are useful for lighting specific areas, but don’t install them in a grid-like fashion as it has an energy-draining effect. Ensure the main light is dimmable to signal a change of past as bedtime approached. Although sconces can provide indirect light, they can limit layout changes, so it’s worth considering clip lights, which work just as well.”