How to create the perfect little girl’s room
* 1) Start with a neutral base
Keep the backdrop pale and simple, and update with accessories as the fads come and go.
* 2) Maximise storage
Make use of awkward nooks with custom shelving and buy under-bed boxes for clothes and toys.
* 3) Pick versatile furniture
A day bed will last through to her teens, doubling as a sofa for reading or chatting to friends.
* 4) Use durable finishes
Washable wall paint, vinyl wallpaper and tough floor paint will make the space child-proof.
* 5) Make a play corner
Add fabric-covered foam blocks for squashy seating and storage for dressing-up clothes.
* 6) Add the right lighting
Use a combination of ambient and task lighting for reading, colouring, games and puzzles.
* 7) Choose versatile bed linen
She might pester you for cartoon-character designs, but go for something classic.
* 8) Add soft touches
Floor cushions are a must, so she can make herself comfortable while playing.
* 9) Pick simple window treatments
Go for simple curtains or a roller blind, which she can open herself.
* 10 ) Let her express herself
Don’t make every decision for her – let her pick accessories and add favourite things. Plus, why not paint a wall or panel with blackboard paint for her artwork? Dust-free chalks will minimise mess.