Many of us have shared a bedroom with one of our siblings at one point or another growing up. It is a great bonding experience, and it can help the youngsters learn to share and work together with others. On a practical level, it can become a necessity for siblings to cohabit a room together when the house is small or if a new baby arrives in the picture. Still, it can become a stressful task to arrange a room that makes both children feel loved and included in the interior design. Some might try to make a room that exudes each child’s distinct personality while others might go for a uniform look to promote cohesion. It can be a difficult choice to get the style right for your little ones to feel secure and happy, but no need to sweat it! We compiled a six-step guide that will get you started on creating a fun and stylish shared bedroom for your kids. Happy decorating!
No matter how you choose to style your children’s room, it is important that they each have their own space so that they feel secure in the bedroom. You can keep the beds identical and still devote a spot in the room for each child, or if it helps them to function better in the shared room, feel free to personalise the area. There are also kids who really love sharing the space with their siblings, too. Bunk beds are a fun way to create a bedroom for children with a significant age difference. Take this room by A! Emotional Living and Work, for example. The older child or the one with more dexterity will enjoy climbing up to their own special loft, while the younger one still have designated spots with their own pillows and stuffed animals to make each spot look unique.
Unless both of your children are particularly adamant about the same colour, it is best to keep the wall colours neutral. Otherwise, over time it could build resentment in the child who felt less strongly about the colour choice. Additionally, children’s tastes change rapidly. One moment they might be begging you to paint the entire room hot pink, only to hate the colour a few months later. Neutral tones allow for more temporary personalisation to take place in the form of bedding, window treatments, decorations, and artwork. The wallpaper in this room is predominantly white with delicate blue details, yet the pictures, fun light fixtures and accent pillows bring an adequate level of personal flair. Keeping the walls neutral might actually promote more authentic personalisation in the items you and your children choose to include in the room.
Perhaps your youngsters share a big bed or sleep in bunk beds. These arrangements are common among little ones, but they don’t necessarily allow for much alone time. If you’d like to teach the kids good study habits, they will need to learn to quiet themselves and focus on their work, especially if they aren’t as accustomed to doing things independent from one another. A good place to work on these skills is at a desk. Whether it’s colouring or doing sums, children will have a higher success rate if they each have a clearly designated spot to do their work. In this bedroom, the petit desks are stations side by side. The two siblings can work together but still separately enough that they are able to get used to doing so. If you find that your kids tend to distract each other, don’t hesitate to arrange the desks further away from each other.
Playtime can be feat in a shared space, but it is also one of the most crucial times for children to learn valuable communication and other social skills. We recommend that the space is conducive to the children playing together, but that the area is suitable for multiple kinds of activities so that each child has a chance to develop their unique skills and pursue their interests. This playroom is ideal because it is a space where the children can rock climb, play ball, watch television, doodle with chalk, or simply hang out with their plush dolphin buddy. This spot will promote the development of fine motor skills and captures a variety of different interests so everyone is happy, and the play can be dynamic. Another point worth mentioning about having your kids share a bedroom is that is can open up space for a playroom. There are lots of benefits to such an arrangement.
With double to stuff in a single space, it’s important to have a functional storage scheme in a shared bedroom. There will be more toys, books, linens, and stuffed animals in the room. There are tons of storage solutions available on the market today, so you have lots of options available for creating an organisational strategy that resonates with your kids. We think these floor-to-ceiling shelves are an excellent option because they make great use of vertical space. Further, colour coding can help your children to understand which items go where. You can even assign certain colours to each child for them to store their personal items. Having a single unit to keep the items will help to make the room more cohesive. After all, a room with two of everything can become cluttered quite quickly.
The wall art is a great way to add some personality and pizzazz to the shared bedroom, especially if space is limited. Wall art is also an effective way to decorate the room without doing anything too permanent. This is something to keep in mind in kids’ rooms because their interests change rapidly with age. Sticker murals like the ship in this bedroom can transform a wall or nook into a personalised little sanctuary amid a larger shared space. It’s an easy way to incorporate each of the children’s interests. Further, this room also features shelves on either side of the desk where the kids can display photos, awards, and other mementos to their liking. What’s especially great about this setup is that because the frames are not actually adhered to the walls, they can be swapped out with new pictures.
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