Fu­ture-proof de­sign

Creatives give their best tips on ac­ing a room that grows with a child and re­duces the need to re­dec­o­rate

Living Etc - - DESIGN / PROJECT -

* I’m a fan of tonal

schemes as these cre­ate a calm back­drop for chil­dren’s colour­ful pos­ses­sions. I pre­fer whites, greys, beiges and nudes for walls, off­set by an ac­cent wall in a stronger colour or wall­pa­per (one wall can be changed quite eas­ily). Ur­sula Wes­sel­ingh, in­te­rior de­signer at Room to Bloom

* Cur­tains are

ex­pen­sive to make, so I wouldn’t pick some­thing too the­matic. I would go for great qual­ity fab­ric – cot­ton, linen or vel­vet, for in­stance – in a plain colour or a dis­creet pat­tern so that you don’t have to change it when you want a dif­fer­ent look.

Aurore Mar­tial, in­te­rior de­signer at Do­mus Venus

* In­vest in good fur­ni­ture that has sim­ple lines and will fit into other

schemes as your child

gets older. Emma Green, in­te­rior de­signer at Emma Green De­sign

* The tran­si­tion from baby to young child hap­pens very quickly, so think about choos­ing mul­ti­pur­pose key pieces of bed­room fur­ni­ture to of­fer flex­i­bil­ity as your child

grows. Can the cot be con­verted into a tod­dler bed? Does the baby changer dou­ble up as a chest of draw­ers? There are so many clever de­signs avail­able now: choos­ing flex­i­ble kit

will pay div­i­dends later.

Mandy Col­liss, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Funky Lit­tle Dar­lings

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