How to decorate boys & girls bedrooms

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How to decorate boys & girls bedrooms
Use a colour scheme that can work for boys or girls in a unisex children's bedroom. (kid"s room set image by patrimonio designs from

Decorating a bedroom that's used by a boy and a girl is typically trickier than a bedroom shared by children of the same gender. This is because boys and girls generally have very different needs and wants when it comes to their bedroom decor. Finding a common element, theme or colour scheme can make this process smoother, whether the room is shared by a boy and girl or it's an extra room at Grandma's house for all of the grandchildren when they visit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Curtains
  • Rug
  • Accessories
  • Storage

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    Determine a colour scheme or basic theme idea that appeals to the boy and girl. For example, blues and greens for underwater themes. Beach, tropical or nautical themes also would work. Consider animal themes, prince and princess, stars and outer space or western themes.

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    Paint the walls in a colour or combination of colours that appeals to the boy and girl, or complement a neutral theme. For example, light blue, green, beige, grey-blue or other neutral colours would work for the entire room. Or, combine different colours to highlight and separate different areas of the room. For example, paint two walls blue in the boy's area and the other two red in the girl's area. Consider using murals. For example, paint the walls in a light blue to represent the ocean with mermaids on her side and sharks or whales on his side.

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    Choose furniture that blends and fits the room size. For example, if the room is big enough to divide so that each child has privacy, set bookshelves or chests back-to-back in the middle of the room. Use bunk beds for a smaller room if the children agree on the theme or colour scheme; but distinguish the bed areas. For example, a garden theme with bugs for him and flowers for her could include murals or bedding so that each child has some personal space.

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    Hang curtains that tie the room together. If the theme or colour scheme won't allow for theme-specific curtains without favouring one child, consider solid colours or striped curtains that include colours from both of the children's areas. For example, a nautical theme could include navy walls with white or red curtains.

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    Accessorise the room with a rug that picks up colours from the curtains and bedding. Place lights and lamps in the room to light up the whole room, or just small areas in case one child wants light and the other doesn't. Hang pictures or framed posters that work for both children. For example, the girl's side might include pictures of celestial moons and stars and the boy's side could include outer space images.

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    Include baskets, containers, shelves or toy boxes for each child to have their own space to store their toys and personal items. Even if the room is for short visits at Grandma's house, a child will appreciate having individual storage space. There should be a common area in the room where both children feel free to play together or store shared toys and books.

Tips and warnings

  • Balance the decor as much as you can for both children to feel at home in the room. It shouldn't lean toward one child's tastes more than the other child's tastes.
  • Avoid doing too much. Adding too many colours or accessories will likely overwhelm the room, making it a place neither child wants to be in. Simple is typically best.

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