Want to give your child a wow-factor bedroom without spending thousands? Check out these easy decorating tips for creating a space that’s inspiring, friendly, fun and they'll actually want to keep tidy...
Make the bed the focus
Not sure where to begin? Choose a fun patterned duvet set as a starting point, and theme the rest of the room around it. There are thousands of duvets and themes to choose from, including this cute unicorn set and these funky dinosaur covers. From there, pick out co-ordinating colours and motifs for the curtains, cushions, rug and lighting.
Create a clever feature wall
Give an awkward-shaped wall a purpose by painting it with magnetic chalkboard paint for kids to doodle on. Or if your child is old enough to use drawing pins, cover it with corkboard for them to stick their favourite pictures, mementos and photos to. If you've got an artistic streak, why not try painting or stenciling a personalised mural like this amazing Batman scene?
Think outside the box
With a bit of imagination, a small bookcase can be transformed into a doll’s house, fire station or superhero cave. Simply stick patterned wrapping paper inside to act as ‘wallpaper’ and add some furniture (or make your own with cardboard or Lego).
Tame those toys
Keep the room tidy (and encourage kids to clear up after themselves) with plenty of storage solutions. Place a bright flexible garden trug or even a pretty laundry basket like this chic geometric laundry basket at the end of the bed for soft toys. You could try stashing smaller bits’n’bobs like toy cars in baskets on shelves and pop dolls in the pockets of a hanging storage tidy on the back of a door.
Get your paintbrush out
Give existing furniture such as chests of drawers, shelves and even the bed a facelift by painting them – try chalk paint, which doesn’t require an undercoat. Grey or neon shades look particularly impressive, and plenty of inspiration can be found on Instagram and Pinterest. If this sounds like too much hard work, the Bronwyn metal bed or Rafferty toddler bed come ready-painted in popping teal and sunshine yellow.
Let there be lights
Create a cosy atmosphere with several different sources of light. Combining wall lamps, child-safe table lamps and fairy lights strung along shelves or the ceiling creates a homely glow to help settle kids down in the evening. There are some great designs to choose from, including palm trees, stars and unicorns, that can fit in with any room theme you're going for.
Offer them a seat
Make the room more than just a place to sleep by adding fun knitted pouffes or a moon chair. If you’ve got a bay window, make use of the space by getting a carpenter to build a window seat with hidden storage for things like spare bedding.
Build a den
Encourage their imagination with a cushion-filled wigwam or play tent in the corner of the room. Short on space? Make a den under a mid-sleeper or cabin bed by tucking a tablecloth or flat sheet around the edge of the mattress to screen off the area beneath. The Tic-Tac-Toe mid-sleeper bed is perfect for building dens, indoor camping games, playing house, or any other games your child can conjure up, making it great multi-functional furniture for both day and night. Genius!