How do you take your children's bedroom from drab to dreamy?
Renovating remains at an all-time high as Australian homeowners increasingly choose to stay put and update the homes they have outgrown.
To avoid a dollar drain on the family budget, there are some creative ways to extend the life of your home by refreshing the children's bedrooms.
When it comes to designing a room your little ones can grow into there is a lot of scope.
The Block winners of 2018, Hayden and Sara Vale, have recently transformed an old South Coast house into a luxury home.
Sara loved restyling the children's bedrooms, taking their personalities into consideration to deliver rooms suited to their current needs with scope for updates.
Each striking room encompasses a highly-efficient layout with plenty of storage as well as desk nooks that will take the kids through from their pre-primary to high school needs.
"When I started designing the kids' bedrooms, I knew the colour palette I wanted to work with as well as where everything should be placed," Sara says.
"We used Gyprock Superchek for our plastered walls because we knew the kids would be knocking about and it's a hard-wearing plasterboard.
"We also knew we wanted to create a quieter environment.
"The increased density of the plasterboard reduces the sound transmitted between rooms, so even with young children this can have a big impact."
Kirsty and Jesse, 2021's Blockheads from House 5, stole the limelight recently with their presentation of a stunning little girl's bedroom.
They achieved a fresh whimsical aesthetic with a palette of muted pink and white.
By opting to paper a feature wall in a stunning floral pattern that melds with the finishes they achieved an overall feel that is both sophisticated and childlike.
With a practical reading nook at the far end of the room, the space can easily be converted from tea parties with well-loved dolls to Tik Tok dance parties with friends.
Kirsty and Jesse chose Gyprock's Concerto cornice to balance with the other design features of the room.
"For a modest upgrade investment a cornice can make a stylish impact that suits the changing needs of a child's bedroom," says Renee McGinty, GM of marketing for Gyprock.
"It's an important feature of design that can instantly frame a space," she says.
By painting a cornice in a contrasting colour, there is an immediate impact.
While the space should reflect individual preferences, ease of design modification is key as interests develop and change.
Opt for decorations that are easy to install and remove or simple and cost effective to modify as the child grows.
- Produced with Gyprock