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Designing child-friendly spaces

Children's rooms should be conducie to work, sleep and play - but also leave your kids with space to grow.

Make sure that the design of the room embraces your child's personality and interests. Courtesy of Sweetpea and Willow
Make sure that the design of the room embraces your child's personality and interests. Courtesy of Sweetpea and Willow

Creating an engaging space suitable for work and play is key when creating dedicated rooms for children in your home. Make the most of the available space and include as much storage as you can so that toys and games can be cleared away at the end of the day. Children love being together but can find sharing hard - I allocate each child their own coloured chair and carry this colour theme for accessories throughout, which works well if they are sharing.

A bedroom should be personal and specific to the child, yet enable them some growing room for the years to come when preferences and hobbies can change. Keep bright colours to upholstery and curtains against a neutral backdrop. This will help make the interior fresh and fun rather than overwhelming.

Though we may not all have space for a climbing wall in our homes, it is important to embrace our children's personalities and interests. We know that children's hobbies tend to change as they grow up so I recommend using "sticker art" as a way of bringing a child's personality to the design of their room in an effective yet temporary way.

Tip provided by interior designer Katharine Pooley, www.katharinepooley.com

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