Fresh ideas for decorating young spaces @decorexsa

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Your child’s bedroom is a precious space and every parent, at some stage in their lives, agonises over colour schemes, linen choices, bunk bed options and carpeting ranges. The team at Decorex Joburg knows the feeling- so they put together an exhibition at Gallagher Convention Centre. We asked them to come up with some clever ideas for anyone taking on the task of decorating a child’s room.

Furnishing a child’s room is a unique project and needs to be approached with a whole new set of rules says Laureen Venter, Features Project Manager at Decorex SA.

There’s more to life than a mobile. Wall décor has exploded in recent years and there are hundreds of options when it comes to creating a stimulating environment for your growing child. (Just don’t use them all at once) Wallpaper with interesting images or designs is one of our favourites and so easy to update when you feel the need. You can also create wallpaper using a giant image of your choice so it can be really personal. A bright coat of paint also makes a fun statement and wall decals on colourful paint are a fun way to personalise your child’s room according to his or her interests. Wait till you see the “off the wall” paint effects being unveiled at the Plascon stand at Decorex Joburg this year. Then finally, with contemporary art so much more affordable and fun these days, you can fill your child’s walls with tons of inspiring images.

Little girls love a tea party. When you’ve sorted her bed and her wardrobe, do your best to include a table and four chairs in your little girl’s bedroom. She and her friends will enjoy hours of chatting and looming and drawing and tea partying – exactly what little girls are good at.
Play around with furniture arrangements. We love the UK House and Garden website. One of their pearls of advice was to keep an open mind when it comes to arranging kids’ furniture. For example, beds don’t have to be side-by-side, nor even on top of each other in bunk bed formation. What about toe, to toe along the length of a wall?

Keep it interactive. Why not add interactive décor features so that your child feels involved. A tree decal on the wall, for example, can come complete with leaves, fruit and flowers that can be moved and removed as he or she sees fit. We love the whiteboard paint from Lemon, here in Johannesburg. We fancy the idea of creating the ultimate drawing room for kids with white board markers galore.

Light matters. If you haven’t discovered them yet, Consol solar jars are great décor items for a child’s room. Fill the bottles with colourful Lego pieces or marbles – and in the bathroom seashells always look great. A plentiful supply of these jars mean when there’s a power failure, none of the young ones will go into a panic.

Shelves are it. You can never have too many shelves in a child’s room. From Lego to teddies, loom bands to sea glass – every child in the world collects treasures all the time. The loveliest thing you as parent and decorator in chief can do, is to provide shelves for the proud display of all these precious pieces. So when in doubt, build shelves.

Patch it. We predict patchwork is going to have a big revival next year – but with a difference. Gone are the days of folksy patchwork; instead think Ralph Lauren and a dash of stylish shabby chic to create a heart-warming pioneer look. What about collecting dad’s checked shirts or buying soft warm tartan off-cuts to make your own.

Go wild. It’s an all-time favourite, but the safari theme for kids’ rooms is only getting bigger. Some say leopard print is the new neutral, so it’s the perfect alternative to insipid lemon if you don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl!

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