Giv­ing chil­dren room of their own

NT News - Real Estate - - Real Estate - JEN­NIFER VEERHUIS

With a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity, chil­dren’s be­d­rooms can be­come a hide­away spot, a place for play, or some­where to store trea­sured pos­ses­sions.

Nest De­sign Stu­dio cre­ative di­rec­tor Belinda Ni­hill says she al­ways asks par­ents to find out from their child what they would like in their room, in­clud­ing favourite colours and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Belinda, who has been styling chil­dren’s rooms for close to nine years and of­fers on­line de­sign ser­vices for clients across Aus­tralia, says there’s one thing she avoids when styling a room — and that’s li­censed prod­ucts, par­tic­u­larly for the bed linen.

A mother of three young boys her­self, Belinda says she finds ways to in­cor­po­rate some­thing sim­i­lar that chil­dren will still like. “There are ways of get­ting around it,” Belinda says. “I’d never use a Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tle doona cover, but I’ll bring in cute lit­tle tur­tle prints or some­thing sim­i­lar. “I had a client who did like the Tur­tles and we found some prints that said (their catch­phrase) Cowabunga. It’s not Tur­tles per se, but it’s what’s in the show.”

Belinda makes a point of en­sur­ing there’s ad­e­quate stor­age in each bed­room she styles.

“I try to dis­cover how the fam­ily uses the space,” she says. “My chil­dren don’t have toys in their bed­room, so we only need stor­age for books and their special lit­tle pieces.”

“Some par­ents keep the toys in the bed­room so we need to ac­com­mo­date Thomas the Tank En­gine trains and Bar­bie dolls and doll houses, so stor­age is key.”

When it comes to how it looks, Belinda sug­gests try­ing for a blend of both how you want the room to look and also a room that the child will like.

“You al­ways need the bed, the bed­side ta­ble and a lamp — and I try and make that a soft glow­ing lamp rather than a read­ing lamp for lit­tle chil­dren,” she says.

“I also like to in­clude stor­age shelves and then add in lay­ers like the linen, cush­ions, art­work and rugs.”

Belinda prefers stick­ing to doona cov­ers that are quite sim­ple and then adding in pat­tern with the cush­ions.

Teepees have been pop­u­lar in chil­dren’s be­d­rooms and play­rooms for some time now and Belinda says she in­cor­po­rates them if the clients want them.

Canopies have also be­come pop­u­lar.

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