I shared a bedroom with three of my sisters growing up. Being the youngest of six kids, this was somewhat inevitable. I have fond memories of our midnight chats, smothered giggles and secret late night picnics. On the flip side, sharing a room meant absolutely no privacy or room to move. We became fiercely territorial over imaginary boundaries between the beds and fisticuffs were par for the norm.
Whether it is out of choice or because space is at a premium, shared bedrooms are the reality for many children. It can seem daunting for parents who are having to accommodate different personalities, preferences and storage solutions into one (often small) space. Despite the challenges, there are ways of making it work.
Top tips for shared bedrooms:
- Choose a neutral colour base for the ceiling, walls, floors and curtains. The cost of decorating, flooring and window dressings can often add up so you don’t want to have to be changing this too often. Think about using washable wall paint and keeping the colours neutral so that the skeleton of the room can evolve with your children as their tastes change.
- Ask each child to choose their favourite colour and use this to accessorize. Bedding, cushions, wall art and accessories can all be used to give pops of colour to an otherwise neutral scheme and are easily interchangeable as children grow.
- Create separate areas for each child, centred around their bed. Children need their own space to retreat to just as much as adults do, so creating definite spaces or zones will give them a place to call their own.
- Bunk beds are always a favourite item as they take up less space and remove the kids out of eyesight of one another. If your children are very young, this might not be appropriate.
- Think symmetrical – what you do to one side or space, you should do to the other to create visual harmony.
- Personalise each child’s space by allowing them to pick a theme for their area. Use this theme to choose similar accessories, with complimenting colours to furnish the room.
- Think outside of the box when it comes to storage. Choose under-bed drawers and wall shelves to clear up floor space.
- Consider investing in custom-built furniture that will continue to meet their needs as they grow. If you don’t have the budget for this then places like IKEA will provide reasonably priced alternatives that you can design and put together yourself.
Do you have any tips for creating a lovely shared space for your children? Drop me a line in the box below – I would love to hear from you!
Picture Credit to Urbanara.