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    Putting the fun into functional: how to decorate your children’s room with style


    On the walls, Hibou Home’s collections are whimsical without being sickly, while Graham & Brown’s mix-and-match wallpapers in spots, stripes and stars are an easy way to make an impact. Alternatively, large wall decals are perfect for creating a bold statement – and, crucially, they are easily removed. Look outside the dedicated children’s brands to those companies that veer towards the colourful and graphic, such as Habitat and Ikea, as they can work equally well without the designer price tag sometimes applied to kids’ products.

    Children’s bedrooms should be where imagination can come to the fore. For one project, Godrich Interiors worked with an artist who created a decoupage effect of pretty paper butterflies and flowers across the walls and ceiling. Louise Holt, an interior designer, says that “children love to climb or to be in nooks, so we have often created high reading spaces or sleepover beds, with ladders to access them.” Mindful of changing needs, one of Holt’s projects featured a nook accessed via a circular hole in a high cupboard: when the child outgrows it, the front panel can be replaced with a plain door.