New school, new room, new ambitions

The first day of school is a landmark moment for any child. But it’s also a wake-up call for every parent. It hammers home the realisation that their little one is growing up. The days of dirty nappies, first words and potty training have been conquered. And now your child is heading into the big, wide world – well, the big, wide playground – to find their own way. It’s a time of great change and a perfect opportunity to redecorate a child’s bedroom.  
So what should you do to create the perfect place? Here are a few suggestions…  
Enjoy the experience  
Remember that the room isn’t just a place to sleep. It’s a place to play. So your decorating should capture this mood. Obviously, your colours and textures should complement one another but don’t feel too constrained by conventions. Floral patterns, for instance, can live next to spots and stripes, providing they are shades of the same colour. Bold colours also work well for both primary school children and teens. So, in theory, the room won’t need decorating again for a good few years.     
Inspire little minds 
Think about your child’s personality and choose a wallpaper that’s just right for them. Is your little boy keen on toy cars, for instance? Or is your little girl obsessed with pink dresses? Surely, the answer to both these questions is probably a resounding ‘yes!’ Alternatively, you may want to choose a wallpaper with a subtle pattern, because you plan to hang things on the wall. Many parents, for instance, frame their children’s artwork and then use the bedroom as an art gallery. For more ideas, check out Dulux Decorator Centre here for professional quality and great prices.  
Be practical  
If you have enough space in the room, it’s worth remembering that the room should be functional, as well as fun. That’s why a child’s bedroom often contains a desk. This gives the youngster a chance to sit and concentrate, while doing homework, drawing, or – if you’ve given birth to a genius – a 10,000 word dissertation!   
Create a hideaway  
Every bedroom should be seen as a calm environment, somewhere to escape to at the end of a busy day. And that also applies to children’s rooms. But they’re often smaller than adult bedrooms, not to mention full of clothes and toys. So it’s important to find ingenious space-saving solutions. Fortunately, it’s now possible to buy beds with storage underneath and some very nice-looking toy boxes.   
So celebrate this huge change with your child by creating a fun and practical space for them to play, work, relax and sleep. As they start to develop new dreams and ambitions, make sure their room reflects this. So what are you waiting for, get your overalls on and get working on it together. 

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