I shudder with horror when I think of how I decorated my daughter's bedroom back in the nineties in its citrus-yellow, circus-themed Designers Guild scheme. In those days, we were told that bold colours made babies more alert; what they forgot to tell us was that they also stopped them sleeping.
Fortunately, styles change over time and when you are selling a family home, a tastefully decorated nursery or kids room will add to its appeal. Although your kids' rooms may not be the main focus of your home for your buyer, they get emotions running high, so it's important to make them look good. Some of your buyers may be looking to upsize for the purpose of starting or adding to their family, so there's nothing wrong with a subtle pull on the heartstrings with some cute kiddie accessories.
Latest trends indicate a move away from gender-themed nurseries and a preference for gender-neutral colours and textures that tie in with contemporary, Scandinavian and Hamptons styles.
The key is to keep the scheme simple and not-overcrowd the space. If you will be continuing to live in the property, the best advice I can give you is to declutter - throw away any old toys and make sure you have functioning storage to house the rest - and to paint the walls white. If there is no built-in wardrobe in the room, this might be worth the investment. Perhaps not a deal-breaker, yet storage is on the 'desirable-to-have' list of most buyers. Remember: in the dream lifestyle you are selling, kids don't leave their toys around!
Light, neutral colours work best, with popular accent colours such as light greens and blues, yellows and perhaps a dash of dusty pink. Light timber furniture in natural oak or white will maintain a light and airy feel to the room and white walls and carpet or timber flooring will do the same. I like to use Scandinavian artwork for kids rooms or black and white photos of animals for their simplicity. A headboard adds a soft touch if your child is already in a bed, as will a rug - both additions will add more texture and warmth to the room.
My Top Tips:
1. Storage is super-important. Ideally the room needs a built-in wardrobe or a chest of drawers.
2. Walls should be painted in a satin, wipeable finish and ideally a neutral colour. A muted feature wall is fine.
3. If you are using carpet, make sure the shade is neutral, but practical.
4. Some sort of window dressing is a good idea. Your buyers don't want to worry about how their kids are going to sleep when they move in. But don't spend a fortune - a blind or a set of neutral curtains from Ikea or Freedom are adequate.
5. Steer clear of primary colours and move towards subtle, calming tones.
6. Subtly patterned or white bedlinen is best, but you can get more playful in your choice of throw and cushions.
Images: 1. Image found on Pinterest from oh.eight.oh.nine. 2. Hamptons-inspired nursery found on Pinterest from Lynzyandco.com 3. Image found on Pinterest from FNBWY.com