These great decorating ideas, practical hints and brilliant buys are sure to inspire and make bedrooms for beginners fun...
Crib, Pottery Barn, Dh5,250.
Not sure you want anything too sugary sweet in your little one’s first room? Temper traditional pink and blue schemes with a layer of gentle grey – not only is it stylish and low-key, but its versatility means that later on, it can easily be combined with other colours and furnishings without major redecorating.
Elephant bed linen, Zara Home, from Dh35
Be creative with paint and transform a little one’s room into one that tells a story. These mountains in different shades of grey create the sense of a landscape around the bed and update a simple white space.
Ballerina rug, Tribe, from Dh2,550.
Laurette chest of drawers, Caramel & Sun, Dh3,710.
Fairy castle wallpaper from Dh220 per roll, Fairyland fabric Dh230 per metre, Sanderson.
Pattern bed linen, H&M Home, Dh129.
Decorate young adventurers’ rooms with artwork, maps and designs that not only spark their interest when it comes to play, but help them learn more about the big wide world that awaits them. This is a look that can be adapted for different age groups – from curious toddlers to the coolest tweens.
Cabin bed, Pottery Barn, Dh2,250.
Turn an entire wall into a pinboard that can be frequently updated to keep it lively and interesting.
Painted wooden crates, nailed to the wall, make quirky storage.
Treasure island fabric and treasure map wallpaper, Sanderson, starting from Dh200 per metre and Dh180 per roll.
Cushions piled high on a day bed easily transform a tween’s bedroom into a laid-back den.
Dinosaur wallpaper, Eijffinger,Dh100 per roll
Create a happy haven for your bright young things with a kaleidoscope of cheerful colours, quirky patterns and accessories that pop. The great thing about a rainbow scheme is anything goes, so there’s no need to worry too much about keeping to a rigid colour palette. You might, however, want to keep walls white or neutral to counteract all the brilliant busyness!
A raised bed with space underneath is great for small rooms and evolves easily as your child grows: this one has become a colourful den for a tween.
Quilt made in Alphabet zoo fabric, Sanderson, from Dh200 per metre.
April showers wallpaper from Dh305 per metre, and fabric from Dh135 per roll, both Scion.
Balloons wallpaper from Dh180 per roll, Vroom fabric, from Dh200 per metre, Sanderson.
Your child’s room is where those first bedtime stories are read, make-believe happens and little friends come to visit, so a space that encourages play and sparks the imagination – as well as being a comfortable place to sleep – is essential. Wallpapers and fabrics that tell tales, along with dressing-up boxes, indoor tents, Wendy houses and more promise hours of fun – but build in decent storage for tidying up at the end of a busy day’s play, too…
A wigwam is a great hiding place or the perfect quiet spot to read or nap, and can be easily moved outside to provide a shady camp.
Wigwam wallpaper, Hibou, Dh321 per roll.
Cityscape wallpaper, Eijffinger, Dh100 per roll. Above April showers wallpaper, Scion, Dh135 per roll.