Make kids’ rooms a cre­ative space

Play with the decor to re­flect their per­son­al­i­ties and help trans­form a bor­ing bed­room into an ad­ven­ture won­der­land they’ll trea­sure

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o and play in your room.’ It’s a com­mon re­frain among even the most de­voted (but ex­as­per­ated) par­ents, es­pe­cially dur­ing long school hol­i­days.

But they won’t ar­gue about such ban­ish­ment – in fact, it might be hard to get them to emerge – if that room’s an ex­cit­ing per­son­alised space where the decor stim­u­lates the imag­i­na­tion and they can ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity.

Here are a few themes and styles to try in your child’s bed­room... REACH FOR THE SKIES Let your child’s imag­i­na­tion soar with a space-in­spired room, and who knows – they might grow up to fol­low in the foot­steps of Bri­tish as­tro­naut Tim Peake.

“We’ve seen a huge in­crease in the num­ber of cus­tomers shop­ping for themed kid’s bed­rooms over the past year or so,” says Nathalie Davis, director at Cuck­ooland.

“Peo­ple re­alise this is a room their child will al­ways re­mem­ber and want it to re­flect the taste they dis­play in the rest of their home.

“Cre­at­ing that ‘wow’ room, which they and their kids can boast about, is also down to the boom of so­cial me­dia and im­age-shar­ing plat­forms, such as Pin­ter­est and In­sta­gram, which are in­spir­ing peo­ple to be more cre­ative and push the bound­aries when dec­o­rat­ing their homes. De­sign­ing a kid’s bed­room is a great op­por­tu­nity to let your in­ner child run wild!

“Par­ents are recog­nis­ing the ben­e­fits of con­sult­ing their chil­dren over the look of a room, see­ing it as both a bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and al­low­ing chil­dren some con­trol over their en­vi­ron­ment. We find this in­evitably leads to some of the more colour­ful, ex­cit­ing and unex- pected pur­chases that make a space dis­tinc­tive and unique.” KIT FOR KIDS Pro­vide spa­ces for self-ex­pres­sion by paint­ing a wall with black­board paint, hang­ing up rolls of draw­ing pa­per, or mak­ing a large no­tice board by fix­ing cork tiles in a square to a wall and fram­ing with sim­ple painted wood strips. INTO THE WILD Chil­dren love to ‘camp’ and cre­ate se­cret hide­outs, and they can have that fun with fur­ni­ture in­spired by liv­ing in the great out­doors.

“One of our most pop­u­lar themes is the camp­ing/wood­land style room, most com­monly us­ing our teepee cabin bed, tent bed or a tree house bed as the fo­cal point,” Ikea has af­ford­able ideas for your child’s s bed­room. Adding things like a toy kitchen can make it a more en­ter­tain­ing place for your young­sters. Play kitchen Duk­tig £59; five-piece toy cook­ware set Duk­tig g £6; stor­age com­bi­naa­tion Tro­fast £73; five-piece toy kitchen en uten­sil set Duk­tig £2.49; wall stor­age Tro­fast £34; chil­dren’s n’s ta­ble with chairs Latt tt £20; rug Stickat £9 9 LouaneLoua tree book­case, left, PricedPrice £565, avail­ableavaila from Cuck­oolandCucko Blast-Off tent, £149, avail­able from Field Candy Comic cre­ation Marvel Ac­tion He­roes wall­pa­per, £13 per roll, from Graham and Brown

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