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Top tips for decorating a space for your little ones

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When it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom there are a lot of things to consider. And in a city like Hong Kong, that sometimes revolves around additional considerations such as limited floor space or rental restrictions. But there’s still plenty you can do to revamp or reassemble the bedroom of your child’s dreams.

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“You can have some fun in a child’s room… there are less restrictions than designing an adult’s living space,” says founder of Mirth Home, Kylie Platt, who believes that when it comes to bedrooms, involvement is key.

“When decorating a child’s room, you need to take into account the child’s age. For older children, get them involved in the decorating process - it is their room after all!”

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Knowing where to begin the process of decorating a space these days, can be as simple as opening up a browser, with the Internet now a huge source of inspiration for designers, and parents alike.

“Pinterest is a great place to start as you can simply search an array of topics, themes and keep track of all your likes and ideas in one place,” advises Christie Simpson, the creative director of iDecorate.

And she’s not the only one, Maansi Dugar, a mother of two boys (ages 3.5 and 1.5), lives in an apartment in Mid-Levels, also swears by the Internet when it comes to both inspiration and sourcing the exact products she wants.

Having done her research through Pinterest and unable to find her exact option in Hong Kong, Dugar ordered separate wall stickers to suit the personalities of each of her boys. One, a series of cars and roads, the other, a full-length jungle-themed wall (both bought from Amazon.com). The stickers she says, are perfect for their family who are currently renting, as they don’t leave marks on the walls. When it comes to walls, there are plenty of options out there to keep both renters and homeowners happy.


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“If you own your own home you may consider wallpaper or using chalkboard paint on a wall. Chalkboard paint is a fantastic way to encourage creativity in children whilst still keeping the ‘designer’ look,” says Platt.

Apart from keeping her children’s rooms unique to their personalities, for mum of two, Dugar, storage has always been a big consideration, as too has floor space.

“All of our cupboards are wall-mounted, about four feet high, [which] leaves a lot of space on the floor and occupies the space on the wall,” says the mum of two.

If you don’t have built-in storage, you can get creative with shelving and stacking of attractive toy boxes, says Simpson from iDecorate. There are plenty of other innovative ways to use items available in decorative ways to inspire design.

“Use books as a feature in the room instead of hiding them away in a cupboard. Instead of the traditional bookshelf, look at thin shelving on the wall at the child’s height for displaying the covers of the books,” says Platt.

“Keep the furnishings (curtains and bedding) neutral so that you have a clean palette for decorating the rest of the room. It’s also easier for updating later on as the child grows - you only need to change cushions, wall art and other pieces to then get a completely new room.” 

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