Many parents consider it ideal for boys and girls to have their own separate bedrooms, but not every family has that luxury. Fortunately, there are several ways to create a room where boy and girl siblings can live in harmony. Choose neutral colours and functional furniture, and try to allow for privacy, particularly for older kids.
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Choose a gender-neutral shade for walls. Skip anything pink, red, or purple. The more neutral the shade, the more freedom you can give your children to choose colours for their accessories.
Choose the same style of comforter for each child's bed, but let them pick their favourite colours. This way, the room has a cohesive look and the children get to have a choice in the decor.
Consider room dividers if the room is large enough to accommodate them. Room dividers come in many sizes, materials, and levels of permanence. Screen panel dividers typically have 3 to 5 panels made from rice paper, wood, bamboo, or fabric.
A curtain is an easy and lightweight alternative to a heavy room divider. Attach a heavy wire close to the ceiling, stretching from one end of the room to the other. The curtain can be closed for privacy and opened when children want to play together.
Bunk beds are a practical choice, especially for a small room. If you need to fit two beds and two desks, consider loft beds with desks beneath them. This way each child has a piece of custom furniture.
In a larger room, give children space and privacy by placing beds across the room from each other.
In a medium-size room where you're concerned with giving children space to play, position two twin beds in a V shape against one wall to leave the maximum amount of space for sitting or playing on the floor.
Decor and Accessories
Keep thematic elements simple. Do not overemphasise one child's hobby. If your son is a star baseball player, display his trophies in the family room. If your daughter is a star ballerina, hang her favourite poster of ballet dancers in the playroom instead. Opt for smaller, neutral accessories. Pictures of friends and family or accessories that highlight a common interest, such as tennis or drama classes, are a good place to start.
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