How to decorate a boy & girl shared room

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How to decorate a boy & girl shared room
A shared bedroom should reflect the boy and girl it belongs to. (boy and girl image by Marzanna Syncerz from Fotolia.com)

Take your son and daughter's interests, favourite colours and personalities into consideration when planning the decor for their shared bedroom. Discuss the colours and themes they'd like to see in their bedroom separately to try to find a theme or complementary colour scheme that works for both kids. Implement a common space they can play in together and private spaces that each can call their own. Your boy and girl can share a bedroom in harmony with some creativity and ground rules.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Paint/wallpaper
  • Furniture
  • Divider (optional)
  • Bedding
  • Window treatments
  • Wall decor
  • Accessories

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Instructions

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    Paint the room in a neutral colour that satisfies the colour schemes of both children. Alternatively, paint a pattern on the walls, or use different colours on different walls. For example, paint cream and chocolate brown stripes on the walls with pink mixed in on her side and blue mixed in on his side. Paint an ocean mural if he wants a pirate theme and she wants a mermaid theme. Or, paint two walls a neutral colour and assign each child their own wall in whatever colour they want.

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    Arrange the furniture to give each child some private space while maximising open floor space for a neutral play area. Bunk beds are ideal in a small room--they create privacy for each child without taking up much room. Alternatively, place their beds on opposite sides of the room with tall chests or bookshelves serving as a divider between the beds. Include enough drawers and storage for each child.

  3. 3

    Put up a divider, if necessary. Furniture pieces work if privacy is an ongoing concern. Use a retractable divider if they want privacy sometimes, but want open play space other times. A folding screen is easily moved, but not the best option for young children that might pull it down on themselves. Hanging a curtain down the centre of the room on a simple track allows the curtain to be drawn when needed.

  4. 4

    Use bedding that reflects each child's individual taste. For example, let them pick bedding with their favourite animals if they agreed on a jungle theme. She might prefer seashells and he sailboats if they agreed on a nautical theme. Another option is to let each choose bedding in a favourite colour, as long as the colours don't clash.

  5. 5

    Cover the windows with simple blinds and solid-coloured curtains in a neutral colour that complements the room. Include a valance with a small pattern or stripes that include elements they both want.

  6. 6

    Assign each child a wall and let them choose their wall decor. Frame posters or use adhesive wall decals if the paint is a neutral or solid colour. He might want images of insects while she wants flowers, or he might choose knights and dragons when she chooses castles and a princess. Allowing each child to have a wall to decorate--within reason--will help the room feel like their space, even though they're sharing.

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    Personalise each child's space with accessories specific to each of them. Drawer knobs, clocks, lamps, throw pillows and small rugs are ways to personalise the space without one child's theme overtaking the other. This is especially useful if they share furniture. Her drawers might have seashell knobs and his sailboats, or her baskets or bins might be pink and his blue. Establishing personal space will help each child feel valued and give a sense of privacy.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask each child to list five colours or themes for their bedroom decor. Compare their lists and find a common colour or theme or the two that best complement each other.
  • Assign each child specific drawers and storage space, as well as shared space.
  • Safety should be the most prevalent concern when decorating your children's room. Avoid items or furniture that could potentially cause harm, such as hanging strings or cords on blinds or open electric outlets.

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