Where to start
If you’re stumped on where to begin, take a leaf out of interior designer Anna Cuthbert’s decorating book.
“I usually start with the fabric, whether it be a feature curtain, a bedhead, a particular cushion to throw on the bed, or a crochet blanket their grandmother has made. I use those colours as a starting point and work from there.”
A complementary paint colour can then be used on the walls, along with wallpaper, if desired, but Anna suggests limiting your surface finishes.
“In my son’s room we had wallpaper on two walls, a very white paper with racing cars on it, and then paint on two walls, which balanced it out. But I wouldn’t use more than two different surface finishes. So it would be wallpaper on one and paint on three, or wallpaper on two and paint on two.”
As your child will be spending a great deal of time in their bedroom, it’s a good idea to involve them in the decorating process. “The last room I gave my son a fandeck of colours and the fabric that I’d already chosen for him and he chose a blue. It didn’t quite match the fabric, but it worked.”
WHAT COLOURS? A crochet blanket Gran made can be a good place to start.