How to share your home with children

I can still remember my delight at being allowed to choose the paint colour of my bedroom when I was nine.

I selected a light blue that reminded me of the summer sky, and I felt empowered because the decision was all mine (and not my parents).

Fast forward a few years and I’d decorated those same walls with a sticky Blutac that proved even harder to remove than my beloved posters of Boy George and his Culture Club bandmates.

Now I’m the mother of two girls, including one teenager, and if I’m being really honest, I sometimes wonder if I’ve offered the same freedom to my daughters when it comes to decorating and styling their rooms.