A room that evolves with your child

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Kids are collectors, so ensure they have plenty of places to display their treasures. Picture: Courtesy of Nest

Children grow up fast, which is why the rooms you create for them need to be transitional, adapting to different phases in their lives.

Belinda McCall of Nest Designs, an online store selling a unique and exclusive range of furniture and storage solutions designed for kids, knows this.

She says it is important to spend your money wisely when it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom.

Create a space for your child that is designed to suit the way they live every day. Along with comfort and safety, keep their wants, needs and interests in mind.

The scheme you choose should allow maximum flexibility to change from cot to college.

Children’s colour preferences change often, so consider painting walls in a colour with which it is easy to decorate.

Favourite colours can be featured in bedding and accent pieces that are easy to change later.

Removable wall decals are also a fun way to add interest. When your child outgrows them, simply peel them off.

By keeping certain key furniture pieces neutral at the outset, the transition from nursery to teenager’s room or eventual guest room (when your child finally leaves home) will be much easier.

Think ahead and spend money on getting good quality furniture, first-time around. This approach will ensure that the elements you introduce can be used for years.

White furniture tends to open up a space visually and allows decor to evolve with maturing children. The best part about white furniture is that it goes with everything. Move toddlers straight from a cot into a full-sized bed. A day bed or queen-sized bed will work for years to come.

Add flair to the room’s decor by installing a pendant light. And why not consider adding a dimmer switch to regulate light levels from a faint glow for midnight feeds to bright light for study or playtime?

A reading or desk lamp is also essential.

School introduces children to a new sense of structure and responsibility, and their bedrooms need to reflect this change. Create a dedicated space for projects and homework by adding a desk. Accessorise with coloured accents and accessories to make the look of this functional space more fun.

Functional and stylish storage is an essential element to consider when decorating a child’s room, no matter how old they are. Children are natural collectors, so select a basic display shelf that will allow maximum versatility as its use changes with your child’s interests.

A bookcase will provide a dedicated space for books and will also encourage reading.

A modular shelving system offers complete flexibility when it comes to creating a storage solution that can grow and be adapted to your child’s changing needs. It is important to ensure that there is a good mix of permanent and transportable storage in a child’s room.

Boxes and bins are great for storing stuff because they can be stored on bookshelves, under beds or simply stacked on the floor for easy access. They can also be carried around the house.

Your children’s own private space should become a strong memory for them. - The Mercury

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