It’s the ultimate clash of minds – you want something practical and timeless, so it won’t need re-doing in a year when she’s outgrown Peppa Pig.
And she wants, well, Peppa Pig.
Designing a bedroom for your child can be hard, especially once they’ve reached the terrible twos and started to formulate opinions on anything and everything.
You pick up a beautiful wardrobe – you see storage space, she sees boring. You’re on a budget and find a set of lovely blue shelves – you think bargain, she thinks that’s for boys, Mum!
You might start thinking, “well it’s her bedroom so let her have her way”, and be left with a horrifyingly pink and glittery mess where a nice bedroom used to be.
Or, you might think, “Mummy knows best” and ignore her input altogether. She’ll hate you, forever. Or at least for a while.
No, the key to designing a great bedroom for your daughter that you’ll both love is to work together.
Get her involved at every stage in the process, from planning to actually decorating, but don’t lose sight of those practical, sensible ideas of your own.
Here’s how to go about doing it…
Practical Considerations: Kids have toys – lots of them. If you don’t want the bedroom to look like a tip after five minutes, you’ll need plenty of storage space.
Also, if you don’t want to be re-decorating in two years’ time, you’ll need to steer clear of faddy things that you know she’s going to grow out of (even if she swears she’ll love Dora the Explorer until her teens!)
Do It: Let your daughter pick the colour scheme, whether that’s the typical pink or something a bit more adventurous. Then use that colour to highlight the room – pink walls will need extensive re-painting when she changes her mind, but pink bed covers just need a quick trip to the shops and £20 to buy a new set.
If she has favourite TV characters she’s desperate to incorporate into the theme, think of sneaky ways to get them in there in ‘disposable’ items – rather than Peppa Pig wallpaper, why not suggest framing some Peppa Pig posters to hang on the white walls?
Little girls will love this.
Practical Considerations: Budget, budget, budget! Children have no concept of money so when they spot the perfect castle-shaped bed and you spot the extortionate price tag, they can get upset thinking that you’re just being mean.
Do It: Avoid embarrassing temper tantrums in public by shopping online! Browse the Web and find items such as bed covers or curtains from websites you can afford, such as Litecraft for cool but affordable lighting. Then let her pick her favourite!
Of course, you’ve only shown her ones you know you can afford (and you secretly closed the tab with that garish glittery pink chandelier before she got home from school).
Practical Considerations: The job needs to be done well or it won’t look good – your daughter might love going crazy with the paint but every time you see her splotchy patch of wall you’ll be wishing you’d painted it yourself!
Do It: Your daughter will feel left out if you kick her out of the room whilst you’re decorating, so try to involve her as much as possible.
Even if it’s a menial task such as hanging her clothes up in her new wardrobe, or sorting her toys into their new boxes, she’ll love helping out and you’ll benefit too!
Do you have any tips to add, or stories of how you and your daughter decorated her room?
Estelle Page is a thirty-something interior designer with two happy kids and not one glittery chandelier in sight!