This month, I'm taking on a space that can be a challenge – a shared kid's bedroom. Getting a cohesive look in a room with two occupants can be difficult. Things can start to feel busy fast, and become cluttered easily. What's a mom to do? Hopefully this post will get your creative wheels turning if you're taking on a shared bedroom in your own home. To start out, I scoured the interwebs for inspiration:
I wasn't quite sure when I started looking for inspiration whether I'd be putting together a girls space, a boys space, or a combined girl/boy room. So I tried to find some creative examples with various styles, and let them guide my creativity for this mood board. In the end, I settled on a shared sisters' bedroom. Perhaps I'll follow this one up with a sample of a boys space and a sister/brother combo in the future, but maybe since I have two young daughters myself, girls spaces just seem to speak to me.
If you follow my blog, you may know that I have a love for color, and a kid's bedroom is the one place you can really get creative in that department. Both of my girls have very bright, colorful bedrooms (Vera's room, June's room), and while they are very different color palettes, they both make me happy every time I walk in (assuming they're clean that is!). So naturally I didn't shy away from color or pattern in this moodboard either. Here is what I came up with:
Shared Sisters' Space Sources:
Be Awesome Pillowcase
Floral Duvet Covers
Square Throw Pillow
Rectangular Throw Pillow
Baby Allegoria Print
Baby Zebra Print
Origami Wall Shelf
I really love this color scheme. It's right up my ally for a girly space… not too soft or frilly, and definitely fun and bright. Actually, after seeing how the moodboard turned out, I kind of want to recreate it somewhere in my home! But that's for a different day. So anyway, here are some of my tips on creating a cohesive shared bedroom space for kids:
How to Design a Shared Kids Space
Have a resting point – No I don't mean like a bed, I mean a visual resting point for the eye. In any room, but especially in rooms with a lot of furniture or color or pattern, a spot or two where things are more toned down is necessary to balance out the noise and keep the space from looking cluttered and unintentional. In this space, I went with primarily white bedding to tone down the patterns going on elsewhere. That allowed me to go a little bolder with the accents, without the whole rooms screaming for attention.
Balance is key – I kept the design of this space very symmetrical to give it a visual balance, however this can also be accomplished with an asymmetrical design (see inspirational photos above for some examples of both). The trick is, no matter the layout of the furniture, to keep the visual heavyweights in balance. So for example, don't crowd all the bright color on one side of the room and neglect the other. Similarly, don't focus all the eye-catching pattern in the space to just a rug, making it feel out of place and overwhelming.
Mix and match – I think it's important for any shared space to reflect both of its occupants. That being said, a shared kids room should incorporate both kid's styles, favorite colors, or tastes. In this room, perhaps one daughter is more girly and likes florals, while the other is more sporty and prefers geometric patterns. To accommodate, I've come up with a mix of floral fabrics on the beds, and coordinating bold stripes in the pillowcases and curtains. The rug ties both together with a geometric pattern mixed with softened ikat edges.
Individual space – Just because you're sharing a room, doesn't mean you have to share everything. Take it from a twin who shared her bedroom until the age of 16… having a dedicated space of your own, no matter how small, will drastically improve the happiness level for kids. It could be separate closets, or individual nightstands, or just personal drawers for clothes in a shared dresser, but give each kid some space of their own. In this room, I've added a group of shelving over each bed that match visually, but can be customized to hold whatever the child sees fit, whether it's favorite books or toys, or a rock collection or sports medals.
So there you have it! My recommendations for working with shared kid's spaces. Do your kids share a space in your home? Or did you share growing up, like I did? Do you have any other tips you'd add to the list?
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