If you’re renovating or decorating your child’s bedroom, don’t start work without reading our step-by-step guide to getting the most out of the room.
Here, we suggest different ways to use the space depending on the age of your child and the size of their bedroom. We’ve covered study areas, space savers, toy storage and of course the all important decor..
Older children soon need a separate place to do homework, and adding a plain white desk and chair instantly turns a corner of a simply decorated room into a study zone. Make sure there's adequate lighting to avoid eye strain.
A child's room needs a focus - something special that they are proud to show off to their friends. Hanging a curtain across the side of a bed is a great way to transform it into a cosy den in the the daytime.
Plenty of bed designs now come with divan storage - indispensible at any age, but particularly useful if the room doesn't have space for a chest of drawers. And if your child is ready for sleepovers, consider a bed that conceals a slide-out truckle bed underneath.
Instead of Barbie pink, pick a more sophisticated shade, complemented by a graphic pattern, such as the curtains shown here. A scheme like this makes good financial sense too as it will last from toddler to teens. For more bedroom inspiration, take a look at our brilliant bedroom paint ideas gallery.
Wall panelling can withstand plenty of punishment, from toddlers to truculent teens. It's also an ideal surface to ensure Blu-Tacked posters don't leave their mark.
Blues and greens are considered good colours for bedroom walls as they are soothing shades. A calming mural can provide the perfect backdrop to help a child's imagination soar, while age-appropriate accessories stop the room from looking too sterile.
Not everything has to be matchy-matchy - encourage an eclectic look with a mix of fabrics and shades. Team florals, with spots and stripes, and mixture of shades of the same colour so it doesn't look messy.
Inspired to decorate the kids' rooms? Or maybe you're thinking about your own bedroom? Make sure you check out our DIY calculator, and watch our expert video on how to decorate a children's rooms for any age group.