When decorating a kids room it can be tempting to go all in with your theme. Pink wall, butterflies and fairy princesses for girls. Blue walls, spaceships and dinosaurs for boys.
But what about when they turn 12 and no longer think fairy princesses and dinosaurs are cool?
Renovation expert Cherie Barber says going all out when decorating kids rooms is a common mistake she sees parents make.
“I think a lot of parents always do a pink or blue number and that’s really not the smartest way to renovate a kids bedroom. They might be infatuated with Peppa The Pig at three and then move onto Barbie,” the creator of the Renovating For Profit says.
“The best thing about kids is they’re easy to please and you don’t have to spend a lot of money decorating their rooms.”
Instead, she suggests renovating your kid’s rooms with flexibility in mind, so that it can be easily updated over the years to suit their changing tastes as they get older.
Here are the top tips to creating a bedroom your children won’t grow out of from Australia’s renovation queen:
Paint the walls a neutral colour.
Whether this is your unborn bub’s nursery or an update of your seven-year-old’s bedroom – paint the walls a neutral colour, says Barber.
Think variations of off-white or pale neutral colours like a light stone or taupe. While yellow can also be a neutral colour, Barber doesn’t recommend it, as it’s not the best for versatility.
And don’t think the walls all have to be white either.
“There’s chalkboard paint out these days, so you could paint three walls off-white and one with the chalkboard paint. That way the kids can actually scribble all over the walls.”