Let’s face it! It can be a daunting task trying to create a shared bedroom for your kids given the unique needs, tastes and preferences of every kid. Shared bedrooms also come with a beehive of activity which introduces unique styling, storage and space challenges. Below are some great tips to consider to help you overcome common design challenges as well as create a great and fully functional shared bedroom for your kids.
Creating a brother and sister shared room
Designing a bedroom for a boy and a girl doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually one of the easiest shared room challenges. Below are important steps to follow;
Step 1: Choose color palettes for the main room elements
Start by choosing the color palettes for the room’s walls, rugs and furniture. When doing this, settle for gender-neutral colors i.e. turquoise and white, white and grey or a mixture of primary colors. If your son and daughter are old enough to state their color preferences, consider their input. To complement color palettes perfectly, layer complementary colors/patters on top. For instance, accent the room with yellow accessories if you choose grey and white colors. In regards to patterns, consider stripes, chevron as well as solids featuring large geometric shapes.
Step 2: Select furniture that match your kids’ personalities, tastes and preferences
After selecting your preferred color palettes, you can proceed and select furniture. You should consider non-themed furniture featuring clean lines. Avoid sleeping beauty or race car beds. Pair furniture with neutral colored essentials like window treatments and lamps but remember to match these design elements with your kids’ personalities.
Step 3: Personalize accessories
Personalize wall art, coat hooks, lighting etc. For instance, marquee lights featuring the names or initials of your kids will add some excitement and energy into the space. You should also add gender specific themes subtly with a few accessories but keep colors coordinated. For instance, when accessorizing using red, try a red fire engine pillow for him and a red flower or heart pillow for her. Storage compartments should complement the design scheme, however, be gender specific i.e. yellow for her and charcoal for him.
Creating a shared room for kids with different ages
In case you are trying to accommodate kids with different ages i.e. 3 year old John and a 4-month old Jenny, here are some important steps to consider to accommodate them perfectly.
Step 1: Come up with a perfect furniture layout
If you’ve just had a baby, chances are you’ll be entering and leaving the room frequently when attending to your baby. As a result, you need to get large obstacles such as furniture out of the way. If possible, beds should be on opposite walls or corners with your baby’s crib nearest to the door. Although structural elements like heaters and windows can dictate otherwise, your design objective should be making sure furniture doesn’t get in the way of functionality and the comfort for your kids.
Step 2: Create a common playing area
Getting rid of obstacles shouldn’t be mistaken to mean getting rid of everything including a play area. Your kids should have a play area they can both enjoy. Include things like cushions, floor mates and soft larger items i.e. tents and rocking horses to create a perfect playing area outline that is fun for your kids. Remember to make sure your older child’s toys aren’t easily accessible to your younger child. You can do this perfectly by creating a lower and upper storage shelf for your kids’ toys. Also, don’t forget to create a warm family atmosphere in the play area that encourages your kids to play with each other. You can include family photos, framed hand prints etc. to achieve this goal.
Step 3: Create adequate storage
Creating twice as much storage space for a single room is undoubtedly one of the most notable challenges about designing a shared room. One of the best ways of creating additional storage space while keeping the room as spacious as possible is selecting streamlined furniture.
Bunk beds are great if your kids are old enough because they are usually streamlined and they feature built-in storage space underneath. Rollaway drawers can also come in handy especially when you want additional storage space for storing limited use or seasonal items. A wall unit featuring drawers and doubling up as a desk and dresser can also come in handy when creating additional storage space.
Shelving is a great option when you want to create adequate space for toys. Placement is equally important. For instance, you should consider placing a bookshelf right at the foot of a bed if it doesn’t take up a lot of valuable wall space. Doing this can give you additional space to place a lamp. When creating additional space for clothing, you can install additional rods to allow double hanging. Wall and door hooks can also come in handy for daily-use items.
The above information summarizes everything you need to know about creating a perfect shared room for your daughter and son regardless of their age. If you focus on being resourceful, fun, creative and efficient, you shouldn’t have a problem creating a shared bedroom that your kids will cherish.