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Building blocks: Lego
Building blocks: Lego

I have recently been working on a lovely project for a client, three children’s bedrooms and a playroom.

I found it interesting and wanted to buy almost everything I sourced along the way for my own children! I thought it might be nice to pass some of this information on to you.

Style doesn’t have to stop at a child’s door, and whether you are expecting a newborn or updating an older child’s room, there are a few golden rules to think about:

n Plan Ahead – Plan at least three years in advance when decorating a child’s room. Choose carefully, furniture bought now could last until you send them off to college. For major bits of furniture like beds and wardrobes steer clear of teeny, toddler versions they will outgrow in a couple of years. Go for a classic style and buy sturdy, quality items as they will get a lot of wear and tear!

n Storage, Storage, Storage – You cannot have too much storage! Make it accessible, if they can’t reach it, they won’t use it. Under bed storage is brilliant, get low boxes on wheels, these will adapt as they get older from toy storage to clothes and magazines. Also use the back of the door, lift up window seats, storage trunks etc. I found some great ‘Lego Bricks’ storage boxes at www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk

n Don’t Theme It – The less ‘themed’ it is the more flexible it will be to change as they grow up. Using wall stickers is a good compromise here, there is loads of choice now and they can be easily peeled off when they get bored of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ after six months! I came across a fantastic little company for wall stickers/murals www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk, If you do theme use bed linen, a rug or accessories as these are things that can be updated without too much fuss.

n Make them think it’s what they want – Listen to what they want but interpret it loosely. Kids change their mind in a heartbeat.

n Make it Kid Proof and Safe – Children are basically monkeys! Chairs are for leaping off, beds are for bouncing on or camping under, and anything high is ripe for swinging on. Fit window locks, remove locks on doors, screw heavy furniture to the walls, avoid lockable trunks, avoid trailing electrical leads, put covers on electrical sockets and fit safety catches to the wall for blind pulleys, so they can’t swing on them and hurt themselves.

Emma Gordon is a Halifax interior designer. The mother-of-two runs her own company, Eye Candy and her Victorian town house has been featured in numerous national magazines and on TV. She writes a monthly column for All Woman and can be contacted on 07748648040. Visit her website www.eyecandy-interiordesign.co.uk

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