En­ter­ing the bat­tle­ground of kids’ shared bed­rooms

Shar­ing a room can be fun, writes Mercedes Maguire

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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.”

Sleepy Moon sheet set and pil­low­case; Or­ganic Check quilt cover, pot­tery­barnkids.com.au

Not all bunk beds are cre­ated equal. Jor­dan Triple Bunk Bed, fan­tas­tic­fur­ni­ture.com.au De­cals make easy up­dates. Laugh Out Loud wall de­cal, zanui.com.au

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