Need inspiration for your baby's nursery or kids' zone? Here are 10 top tips to help from Interior Designer Megan Morton.
1. Consider pinboard wall over an entire wall. Allocating one wall reduces the threat of the whole room becoming a gallery space.
2. Work on a palette - no more than three colours. There is a lot of colour already in kids toys and gear so an overall restricted palette does make it easier to keep the room in hand.
3. Don't let a child dictate the whole room. It’s like letting them cut their own hair! When they respond 'pink' they don't mean wall the floor! Incorporate it within the scheme so its manageable.
4. Allow their creative pursuits to be played out in their room. This is over to you to find out exactly what it is that makes your little person tick and accommodate it in a way that works or can be represented in a room, no matter how small the space.
5. No child really wants etsy or vintage memorabilia taking up shelf space - accept that a lot of this styling stuff is really for us and limit it to one point of vision in the room. Give the rest over to your child's needs - the room will be so much more successful for it.
6. Resist the urge to put a cute round kiddy rug on the floor especially in a small room. It will only trap enviable dirt underneath it and visually reduce the size of the room.
7. Use the under the bed recesses as book storage if the walls don't accommodate a bookshelf.
8. Encourage a tidy away every night to encourage good habits. Even though your not going to be successful every time its just a good habit to attempt.
9. Use the back of the door for hooks for school unform, dressing gown and or bath towel so independence for the start and the end of he day can be gently encouraged.
10. Letting a child to choose a light is a great way to include them in the process, as well as make a nice big impact to an otherwise lackluster room. Same goes for a floor standing lamp is the ceiling pendant isn't an option.
Megan Morton is set to launch Shop Coach at Life Instyle, Sydney. Set to lead the retail way, this industry first is a new edition to Life Instyle’s already colourful program and provides an opportunity for small businesses and home economists to enjoy a personal 1:1 style-coaching session.