Much as we like to get misty eyed about the thought of our children growing up, the stone-cold fact of the matter is that they are – whether we want them to or not! Navigating what stay’s in your child’s bedroom and what goes is one of the more difficult negotiations you’ll have to deal with in their lifetime, trying to pinch pennies where possible but also realising that their ‘suitable for 5-10 year olds’ bed probably won’t fit them at 12 anymore.

So how is it best to design your child’s room that can keep a similar aesthetic to align with their tastes (and yours) as they grow up? Well we’re willing to tell you, we’re good like that!

Beds are changeable

What you’re going to have to accept, is that your child is probably going to want a bunk bed when they’re younger. If you’re being honest with yourself you probably wish that you still had one. Luckily, there are plenty of high sleeper cabin beds on the market, so you can grab one for cheap. When they eventually grow to a height where they’re starting to hit their head on the ceiling when they wake up, then swap for a more mature double bed and maybe ditch the Disney princess/marvel superheroes bedding, too.

Keep it nice and neutral 

Sure, bold colours are great in the right environments, but if you decide to be bold and your child gets sick of their baby blue room and you need to repaint the whole thing you’ll only have yourself to blame. Keeping colours neutral can aid relaxation to help your child sleep, which is always useful, whatever age they are. If you absolutely must go bold, then you can get away with just a feature wall – but keep it classy!

Always have a desk

A good third of your child’s life will be spent in school, so make sure they have a desk that is adequate to their needs – because they’ll be spending another third of their life studying at it! What we would advise is to invest in a nice utility desk, and get your child an adjustable chair that can help them fit at their desk, no matter their size!

Personalise for age with accessories

As long as all your base furniture is timeless, you can cater for your child’s specific age by including a few telling accessories that reflect how they want their room to look – just don’t spend too much on them and you won’t be crying about giving them away when they’ve outgrown them!

Ask your child’s opinion

It’s all very well and good using your technical design knowledge that you developed in the University of Pinterest – but if your child doesn’t like anything you’re doing to their room then you’re going to have a serious problem. Make sure that you get your child involved in all creative processes and you will both have a lot of fun (and a few character-building arguments) together while you undertake this project of getting their room to reflect how they want it.  

Published by Maria Simpson