As the world's economy continues to change, it is becoming more and more common for individuals and families to do whatever they can to save money. This is resulting in fewer luxuries and slightly smaller homes. For a growing family, purchasing a new house every time a child is born is not a logical option. It is not uncommon to see two or more siblings sharing a single bedroom within a home. This arrangement may become complicated when the room is being shared by a boy and a girl, and room decor can become a hot-button issue. If you are stumped on how to decorate a unisex bedroom, use these ideas and tips to ensure both siblings are happy.
Divide the room vertically to make the room into two halves. The room will be painted two different colours, one colour for the boy's side and one colour for the girl's side. Imagine there is a bright red line cutting the room in half vertically. Place painter's tape on the two walls where the two different colours will meet. Ask the children what colour they would like their half of the room to be painted. Begin painting the room, one half at a time, with the child's chosen colours. On one side of the blue painter's tape will be the boy's colour and on the other side will be the girl's colour. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours. Peel the painters tape carefully off the wall. There will be an unpainted section where the painters tape was. Place a piece of trim or moulding vertically over the unpainted spot and nail it to the wall.
Have both children choose a border for their shared room. The border picked out by the boy should correspond with the colour that was painted on his side of the room. The same should go for the girls side of the room. Fill a medium-sized bowl half full of water and place it in the room. Unroll the boy's border and run it through the water. Once the border is wet, reroll border in the opposite direction of the way it was packaged. Let the border sit for up to three minutes. Begin applying the boys border at the top of the room starting at the piece of trim that was applied to your wall to cut the room in half, vertically. The boy's border should be applied only to the boy's side of the room. While applying the border, run a sponge across it to smooth any bubbles that form under the border. Once the boy's border has been applied on his half of the room, run the border chosen by the girl through the water in the medium-sized bowl. Begin apply the girl's border on the other half of the room. The piece of trim should end up having a different border on the left then on the right.
Select a small part of both the boy's and girl's side of the room. Use a tape measure to measure off a 3 foot square box on each side, and mark each corner of the box with a pencil. Use painter's tape to make all the sides of the boxes on the wall. Paint the inside of each box with chalkboard paint. Let the paint dry for 24 hours. If the wall colour is showing through the chalkboard paint, apply a second coat and wait another 24 hours before pulling off the tape. Create a frame around the chalkboard squares using moulding or trim. This can be accomplished by simple, straight cuts so you do not have to mitre the corners. Attach 3 foot long sections trim or moulding on the sides first. Measure the distance between the two sides of moulding or trim with a tape measure. Cut the two remaining pieces of moulding to the distance you just measured. Attach the top and bottom pieces of moulding in between the left and right sides of the frame to give the chalkboard square a finished look.
Have the children go shopping for bedding, rugs, curtains and lighting for their room. The items chosen by the boy should coordinate with only his half of the room. The same goes for the girl's half of the room. These items can be found at department stores, outlets and second hand stores. Let the children pick their own accessories for their own style. One child might choose a Chinese lantern light, while the other chooses a lamp to go beside his bed. Let them be creative in their own space. This lets them feel like individuals even though they are sharing the same room.