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