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Creating a Great and Fully Functional Shared Bedroom For Your Kids: Important Considerations

Overview

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

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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

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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.

Summary

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.

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Throw pillows

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They are also known as toss pillows. They are small decorative types of pillows that are usually placed on sofa sets or arm chairs but they can also be placed on beds and floors. Throw pillows even though small, have a great significance in the overall appearance of a room. They can completely change the look of an entire room or space, thus updating the room for the season. One of the best features of throw pillows is that they require very little investment in terms of time and money.

There are numerous shapes and sizes prints and colors, fills and fabrics available for one to choose from when it comes to throw/toss pillows. There are various ways in which you can narrow down the ones that you can use for your space. Below are some guidelines that you can use to find the perfect pillow for your space

Throw Pillow Buying Guide

I ) Shape and size

Toss pillows are available in numerous shapes and sizes. If you want a dynamic look, try to make the shape and sizes of the throat pillows on one piece of furniture different.

· Square: these are the most common shape of throw pillows. The most common sizes are 16, 18 and 20 inch versions but also there are other smaller or larger sixes that are available. if you love changing your décor frequently, it would be better if you stick to same size square toss pillows, then you’ll have an easy time by replacing the covers whenever you feel like.

· Round: these are not as common as square throw pillows but are a very good choice for balancing the straight lines of rectangular and square pillows; they give a very beautiful appearance.

· Bolster: they are mostly used on beds. Cylindrical shaped bolster pillows are meant to prop up someone’s arms or their backs when seated

· Lumber: these throw pillows have an oblong rectangular shape. Initially they were meant for back support but now they are commonly used for ornamental purposes.

 

II) Fabric

Throw pillows are available in very many kinds of fabrics. But the following fabrics are most popular in the making of throw pillows

· Cotton: this fabric is long lasting, casual and easily washable. This makes it suitable for homes that have young children and also pets

· Fur/faux fur: fur especially the Mongolian wool has been widely and commonly used lately because of the luxurious look they add to the furniture. Their biggest disadvantage is that they are mostly guaranteed to be dry-cleaned only.

· Linen: this fabric is low maintenance compared to other fabrics. Linen is usually blended with cotton and polyester which are durable. You can use linen to give off a breezy,light vibe for summer. Jute is also a viable option for summer

· Velvet: this fabric is best for winter since it adds an instant warmth to a room

· Wool: this fabric gives of a winter vibe or an alpine vibe. It is very suitable for mountain retreat areas and also for colder months.

 

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III) Fill

There are three common materials that can be used to fill throw pillows. The following combinations of fills can be found

· Polyester: synthetic polyester is a cheap fill option especially if the throw pillows are for decorating purposes only. The polyester should also be tightly packed.

· Down: this fill is softer and lasts longer than polyester but is more expensive. They are more comfortable and can be easily fluffed back into shape, so they are best for pillows that have lots of use.

· Foam: this fill holds shape than either polyester and down. It is most common for bolsters or round throw pillows.

 

IV) Print and Color

Some of these guidelines will guarantee you get the right print for your throw pillows

· If you decide to mix prints, have a plan. Stick to a common color palette in order to ensure a cohesive appearance. The hues of the pillows should at least relate to the color scheme of the space in consideration.

Also you should pay attention to scale if you decide to mix prints, if your curtains and rugs have different scale prints you can choose a toss pillow that agrees with both of them on a certain degree.

· Use colors that are in the surrounding: when choosing throw pillows it’s better when you choose colors from the surrounding furniture or textiles that are in the room, this helps to tie the room together. You can break up the sea of print and color by using solids or neutrals, these give the eyes a place to rest.

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V) Price range

Throw/toss pillows can cost anything between $20 to $200. The reason as to why there is such a wide price range is because of a number of things such as:

difference in fill quality: down filled pillows are much more expensive than polyester

differences in designer fabric, differences in textile quality and also embellishments all these result in wider price ranges

Buying Tips

Look for tightly sewn seams, thick fabric covers.

Avoid sparse fill or protruding feathers in down pillows since it indicates losing fill.

Also when buying throw pillows for your home consider:

-How you will use them, whether for lying on everyday or for decoration

-Your budget, ensure your budget involves buying in multiples since throw pillows look best in groups

-Your family members whether you have children or pets

 

 

Maintenance and care

The type of throw pillow you buy determines how you care for it those with covers are easier to care for than those without.

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Top 5 Ideas for a Great-Looking Headboard

It’s no secret that interior home decoration can be really expensive. Anyone of us would love to live in a stylish house, yet we often give up on the idea when we see the price tags.

Even if we’re okay with the costs, the choice is often far from being wide. Therefore, while some things should be delegated to professionals, there are other ones you can easily do on your own.

Bed headboards are one of those little d etails that make a great impact on the look of your room. Your room might have top-notch beds, expensive furniture and stylish rugs, yet it still won’t feel complete without a proper headboard. Every bedroom is different, thus every case needs a headboard that would fit the design.

Unlikely furniture, headboards might be easily crafted at home. It just takes some creativity, artistic taste and patience. Now, before you step back, let me assure you that you don’t need to be like Leonardo DaVinci. All you need to have is a basic idea of what you would like to see above your bed. Should it be dark or light? Big or small? Colored or monochrome?

Once you’ve got an idea on what you want to have, I invite you to proceed to our photo gallery. We are going to review the top five DIY designs that might serve you as an artistic inspiration:

Wooden Headboards

3-before-reclaimed-wood-headboard-tutorial-6Wood is one of the most common materials used for headboards. In fact, wood surely was the first thing that came to your mind. There are many DIY wood designs you can think of, and you don’t need to be a carpenter in order to make most of them.

For instance, you could use a weathered shutter as a great headboard. This would give your room a rather exotic, cottage feeling. Wood is quite versatile – you can easily cut it, glue and paint it. It’s usually lightweight, thus you won’t have problems attaching it. Other ideas include using window frames, doors, fireplace mantels, barn wood and pallets. Any of those items can be acquired virtually for free and often require just a couple of tweaks.

 

 

Soft and Fluffy: Fabric Headboards

floral-beauty-fabric-headboardFabric is soft, lightweight and come in many colors. If you’re into DIY yet have little free time to craft something of wood, then fabric might be the perfect solution for you. It looks elegant, gorgeous and opulent, and it’s easy to install.

Depending on your tastes, you can use common fabric, laces or even quilts. Curtains might work as well, and they usually don’t cost a lot.

 

Metal Headboards

zoe_new_2Metal isn’t too popular for two reasons: it’s not too easy to work with it and it does not fit many people’s bedroom styles. Nevertheless, what is a con for others might be a pro for you. If you want to have an industrial- or shabby chic-style bedroom, then you might want to consider metal.

Sometimes, a sheet of corrugated metal might be that element you were looking for. It’s all about experimentation.

On the other hand, metal headboards might also look cozy and even cute. If you’re of the romantic kind, you might use a piece of wrought iron gate. There are several metal fence designs that come with flowers and other decorations. The elegance of rose petals, combined with the coldness of metal will definitely give your bedroom a unique feeling.

Unleash Your Creativity with Free-Form Headboards

Wood, metal and fabric are great, but what if you feel limited by those materials? Free-form headboards combine several materials and offer virtually endless designing possibilities.

You can use anything to create a breathtaking headboard. In fact, it might easily become the focal point of your room, dragging all the attention of your visitors. For instance, you can stack or attack colored pillows to achieve a beautiful pattern. Or use driftwood or paddles to achieve a coastal feeling. What about book? If you’re into the shabby-chic style, you might create a mini-bookshelf with vintage books. The possibilities are endless!

Museum Bedroom: Art-Based Headboards
“I dream my painting and then I paint my dream” – Vincent Van Gogh.
People say that having paintings in the bedroom contributes to better dreams. Maybe it’s a good idea to use their words as an idea for your bed headboard!

You can attach a piece of canvas to the wall behind your bed and use it as a base where to fix different kinds of arts. The possibilities are endless: paintings, photographs, quotes and other pieces of art. What’s also great about art-based headboards is that you can easily change their position, which leaves more room for experimentation.

There are many ways you can create a unique, artistic and stylish headboard on a budget. Good news is: you don’t need to be an experienced artist or designer to achieve that. Just take your time, allow yourself to experiment and enjoy the process. While we’ve mentioned one of the top popular DIY headboards ideas, there are more to them. Do you know or use any? Please share it in the comments below!