It is natural for parents to want to create a space as individual as their children.

However, adopting every passing trend or adapting to their evolving tastes can cause costs to quickly escalate.

Spain, Tarragona. A little boy plays while his mother paints the wallCredit: Getty

The average parent will spend over £5,000 decorating their child’s room and will update this an average of four times during their childhood.

Doing it right from the beginning allows you to make small adjustments over the years, helping you save money in the long run.

Here, design director and founder of Anne Haimes Interiors shares her top tips for creating a child’s room that will last without sacrificing style…

Stick to the basics

Often times, we see nurseries and children’s rooms rely heavily on a theme or idea. But doing so will only guarantee a costly redesign after a few years.

Although it may be controversial for children’s bedrooms, choosing a neutral color scheme for walls, furniture pieces, and window treatments will give parents the most bang for their buck.

Neutral colors such as white, gray and beige provide a timeless backdrop that can be easily adapted to changing styles and preferences.

But remember that children’s rooms should be full of fun and creativity. So, just selecting a neutral background doesn’t mean you should neglect pops of color or patterned elements.

Use versatile decor items like throw pillows, rugs, and removable decals to add a pop of color and style to the room. Can be easily swapped or updated as your child’s preferences change.

Alternatively, a simple painted mural can give children’s rooms a strong focal point without the commitment. Simply paint over the mural once the pattern becomes larger.

Invest in storage

The clever storage design not only prevents clutter, but also contributes to a harmonious and visually pleasing room.

By seamlessly incorporating storage options, you can create clean lines and unobstructed surfaces that allow the room’s design elements to shine.

Investing in storage also opens up opportunities for creative design expression. Storage units can be chosen to complement the overall look or style of the room, serving as functional decor pieces in their own right.

Whether it includes charming baskets, stylish shelves, or stylish cabinets, each storage solution can add a layer of visual interest, contributing to the overall aesthetic appeal of the room.

Plan for the future

Your little one may be some time off from starting school yet, but planning ahead for when he or she is (almost) fully grown will save you headaches down the road.

Think about where to add a workstation that can be used as a teen or child for arts and crafts.

Instilling the importance of a designated workspace early prepares children for future academic and professional endeavors and helps set clear boundaries between work and play.

Choose classic furniture styles

Although it may seem like a large initial cost, choosing well-made furniture that can stand the test of time will reduce the need for frequent replacements and save you money overall.

High-quality furniture pieces not only resist wear and tear, but also come with warranties, providing additional assurance of their longevity.

Choose classic furniture pieces that have timeless appeal and won’t go out of style even as your child grows.

You can also look for vintage or thrift items. Old toys, decorations and furniture can add a sense of character and charm to a room, often at a fraction of the cost.

Maximize functionality

Above all, children’s bedrooms should always be functional. Designing a room that can grow with your child while still being fully functional is key.

Consider extendable tables or desks that can accommodate different activities and adapt to your child’s changing needs.

You should also look at furniture pieces that serve multiple purposes. Trundle beds can be a great addition when hosting slumber parties. Alternatively, beds with built-in storage solutions can help keep your home clutter-free.

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