By Lyn Leventhorpe
on creating the ultimate room for a child is to reflect
a perfect blend of décor and lifestyle needs
that create a calm and peaceful environment.”
Form follows function. An architectural dictum
I learnt at Art School which has never failed to serve
me well. Remember that your child’s room needs
to be practical and functional as well as beautiful.
It’s no good having décor that is unsuited
to the wear and tear of growing children as well as
being unsuitable for other gender babies that may
come along. We have found it most practical to keep
all large, expensive items neutral and create style
with smaller items and, accessories. Linen and artwork
for instance, can be an inexpensive and easily changed
décor element. Also, set a realistic budget
for yourself and choose items that grow with your
child or that you can use for the next baby.
have sticker shock when they first start shopping
for baby’s’ needs.”
The shock when faced with the cost of push-chairs,
cots and car-chairs, to name but a few items can be
really unpleasant. We aim to give you some guidelines
with our lists of essential and nice-to-have goodies.
Once you have researched what’s necessary and
what’s nice to have, it’s off to the shops
to see what things cost. Go armed with a realistic
budget and don’t forget that many companies
do offer special deals from time to time. It’s
worth enquiring about those. Don’t forget to
put practicality first. Don’t buy that one stunning
piece at the expense of everything else. So often
compromise is the name of the game but it needn’t
make it more difficult to achieve stunning results.
Use our ‘Design your own room’ formula
and decorate like a pro. Keep in mind that making
clever choices now will save you money in the long
“Try to select
all pieces with function in mind.”
Choose furniture that is comfortable and practical
for both you and your partner to use. An armchair
or Glider is a great tool for soothing baby. Slipcovers
on all soft furnishings are great as you can wash
them when necessary.
The longevity of solid wood furniture is also a
concern. I found it useful to have convertible pieces
that grew with my kids. For example, the French Sleigh
Cot which converts into a little bed is so convenient
and cost effective.
overdo theme, colour and surface decoration.”
As tempting as it is to theme a room with baby-like
décor and motifs, you may be creating a costly
design mistake. As new parents, particularly first
time parents no expense is too much for your little
prince or princess. However, babies grow up alarmingly
fast as do their needs. Room décor should reflect
the age, needs and personality of your child. Keeping
this in mind it’s a really expensive exercise
to redecorate every few years. One of my favourite
tricks is to keep all the basics fairly neutral and
then indulge all my décor wishes with accessories,
artwork and soft furnishings.
playtime, nursing and chores right in the beginning”
Making space for play table and chairs as well as
floor level toy storage before baby is born will make
the transition between stages so much easier. I found
the installation of a comfy single bed a blessing…
For all those niggly nights when baby won’t
sleep and you or your partner desperately need to
sleep. It’s so easy then to transfer your toddler
when the time comes to sleep in a “big kid bed.”
Remember to plan for all the nitty-gritty of babyhood:
place for a nappy bin, dirty laundry and medicines,
to name a few.
Having a baby is a magical time for any family.
Create a space where you and your children enjoy spending
time together and it will forever remain a place for
precious first memories for them and for you.