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Lifestyle : Home Beautiful
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Take the opportunity to consider storage and look for colourful or textured options that liven up the room while making it easier to keep tidy. If you have the space, invest in a king-size single bed, as it will last kids through the years. IT'S every child's dream -- turning their bedroom into their very own fantasyland. Letting your kids decorate their own bedroom could easily end up in an over-the-top mish-mash of colour but, as long as some ground rules are set, the result needn't be tasteless. Interior decorator Vanessa Merryweather says children usually revel in the challenge of decorating their own rooms. ''Where possible, I like to get kids involved, as they enjoy it and it's often their first big creative project,'' she says. Although designers tend to advise clients that the colour of all rooms in a home should work together, such rules don't apply when following a child-led approach. ''A bedroom is a child's space, so it doesn't necessarily have to tone into the rest of a home,'' Merryweather says. Baby steps Soft colours can create a relaxed feel, suitable for babies and toddlers, and create a neutral palette that can be added to as children grow. Many baby and children's boutiques stock bedroom decorations that can add a point of difference to muted colour schemes but are easy to remove or update. Printed flags, wall stickers, artworks, lampshades and fairy-style lights are easy to source and can give a child's room a magical, fresh feel. Bigger-ticket items such as beds or cots, bookshelves, storage units and change stations are another way of setting the tone. Traditional furniture generally communicates a more classic look, while contemporary styles, such as Leander or Oeuf convertible cot beds, can give a child's room a more modern twist. Fun with colour Encouraging a neutral colour base can be a good way to allow bright colours, stripes and themes to feature but not overpower a room. It might pay to flick through some home decorator magazines or store catalogues with children to show them how contemporary colour combinations work well. If a child's heart is set on kitting a room out in the style of a favourite toy or television character, it's wise to choose options that can be updated without too much fuss. Try to limit the theme to soft furnishings such as bed linen and pillows or removable wall stickers. General decorative concepts for little people -- such as nautical, fairies or even circus themes -- are often a better long-term solution. ''Artwork made from things that have washed up on the beach works well in a child's room,'' says Poppy Roxburgh, the co-owner of Avalon shop Beachwood Furniture and Homewares. ''The pieces are beautiful and children are particularly drawn to them.'' Whichever way you plan to approach the decor in your kids' bedrooms, having fun along the way is vital to the process. After all, they're only young once. 64 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010 THE SUN-HERALD Home beautiful SPECIAL REPORT Room to grow into the decor Baby love . . . Jessica Ross and husband Doug with Cooper. Photo: Lee Besford AT JUST six weeks old, Cooper Goethal is too young to have a say in the style of his bedroom, so creating an inviting space that works with the feel of the rest of the household was important. ''Our house is fairly contemporary and minimalist, so it made sense to continue on with that theme,'' says Cooper's mother, Jessica Ross. Sticking with a neutral colour base, Ross's decision to buy an Oeuf convertible crib in white with light- coloured birch detailing helped inspire the room's decor. ''The cot is modern and simple, so everything I bought had to work back with it,'' Ross says. She also bought a matching change table unit featuring three large drawers for storage. The main splash of colour is a modern rocking chair in warm beige, which Ross sourced from Canada. ''The chair itself wasn't expensive but the shipping ended up to be more than expected,'' she says. Ross and her husband, Doug, avoided using gender-specific decor but still aimed to create a personalised space. The white tree decal on the wall adds interest and contrasts with the wooden mobile. And in a nod to the family's American heritage, the room was finished with a screen print of a red Converse All Star sneaker by Ben Rak from Iain Dawson Gallery in Paddington. ''It's a simple room but I think it works,'' Ross says. ''It's still a blank canvas so as he acquires things and gets older, he can add his own touches.''
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