Firstly, keep the fundamentals of the room neutral. Paint the walls or cover in a simple, patterned, timeless wallpaper and opt for a plain carpet or wooden flooring. And, whilst nursery furniture looks cute, children will soon outgrow it, needing more space to hang their clothes and despising the ‘babyish’ look and feel of it all. Instead choose contemporary-style full-size furniture that won’t date.
You can then fill this neutral backdrop with accessories to personalise the room to your child’s age.
As the teenage years loom, the room’s inhabitant will benefit from a dedicated desk area where they can study and a place in their room where they can ‘chill out’. If space is limited look at mid-sleeper or cabin beds, which have furniture such as a desk, wardrobe and shelving underneath.
Do your children share a room? Read our guide to making it work here