Take a good look at your kids' paintings. It's a pretty safe bet that what struck you most about your budding little Picasso's artwork - apart from his undeniable talent, of course - was his use of colour. Now, of course you don't want your home to resemble a box of crayons but why not get your child involved in decorating his room by suggesting colours he may like, which you can then adapt to suit play and sleep areas?
Even in small rooms colour can be used in a fun way to virtually partition the room (for different functions) i.e. creating a house within a house for your child - or a 'den' for those in the know!
Avoid too much visual stimulation near the sleeping area. Create a calming environment using soft lighting so your child can read or listen to a story before drifting off to sleep. Exactly as you would for yourself - minus all the teddies, of course!
For 'daytime' areas, and if your child is old enough, get them involved in choosing the colours and themes but avoid interpreting their ideas too literally! If your child loves the stars, why not add a touch of midnight blue and yellow on a section of wall or ceiling. However, we don't recommend the full-on planetarium look as your little one may soon tire of it - as may you! This is particularly true for themes and colours associated with very small children such as pastels.
The least risky? Bright colours in small touches to liven up a neutral base and which can 'grow' with your child. You can indulge your fanciful side by choosing fun furniture, decorative items and of course toys.