Entering the battleground of kids’ shared bedrooms
Sharing a room can be fun, writes Mercedes Maguire
Before your kids divide their shared bedroom with masking tape in an angry bid to protect their own space, there are ways you can avoid turning their sleeping quarters into a battleground.
In an ideal world, we would all have our own bedroom, our own little sanctuary from the rest of the household. But with the rising cost of living forcing us into tighter spaces, learning how to share a space again is becoming more important.
Leanne Abrahams, a Sydney interior designer from Lily Rose Interiors, says there is no reason boy and girl siblings, or even brothers and sisters of different ages can’t share a beautiful space together. She says there are a few styling tips that can help ensure the room is functional and still looks good.
“It’s becoming increasingly popular in shared children’s rooms for there to be two distinct, but complementary colours at play,” the mother of three says. “I think a lot of people make the mistake of thinking the room has to all be very matchy, but that’s not true.
“For instance, you can go the classic pink for girls on one side and blue for boys on the other, just as long as the hue of pink and blue complement each other. A perfect way to do that is choosing soft shades or pastels.”
Creating private zones
Even though you’re sharing a space, it doesn’t mean you can’t give it your individual stamp.
Leanne says one of the most effective and easiest ways to do this is through shelving.
“I did a room for boy/girl twins and we went for the bunk bed, but beside it, I put a shelf for each one so they could display their special treasures and a letter light for each,” she says. “There are many ways you can carve out individual spaces within a room too.
“It’s all about tents, teepees and floor-length canopies at the moment, and these are a great way for a child to have a little private area inside a larger room, somewhere they can play quietly, read a book and use their imagination.”
Bringing together two children in different age groups may seem challenging, but can also work with a little planning. Leanne says the best plan of action here is to avoid going for a look that is either too young or too old.
“Go for more classic styling choices in prints and accessories and try to avoid licensed characters that quickly date a room and make it very young,” she says.
“And always go with a neutral foundation in the furniture and walls. Add your pops of colour and individualism through the decor — rugs, cushions, bed linen, throws and accessories. It’s all about finding the perfect balance in these shared bedrooms.”
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