If your family has grown since you moved into your house, kids sharing a room might be a necessity. But it’s not a bad thing, and many children not only enjoy but prefer sharing a room with their sibling. It can make them feel less scared at bedtime and give them reassurance, which makes life easier for you too. While they will most likely start to want their own space as they get older, in the meantime a shared room can be a really positive experience. However, there are some points to bear in mind so that you can keep the harmony, and make it a room both children will enjoy.
Come To a Compromise on Colour
Kids are opinionated, there’s no doubt about that. So settling on a color that both children like may be more difficult than it seems. You could get a selection of paint swatch chips from the DIY store and allow them to decide on a color between them. Alternatively, you could paint the room in a neutral shade and then bring in color with the soft furnishings.
Take Both of Their Personalities on Board
With two different personalities, it’s not just deciding on a color that you may have an issue with. However, it’s easy to satisfy both children so they can have a say on how their room looks. First, you could allow them to choose their own bedding (or from a set amount of choices you have picked that match the room!) which lets them each have their say. You could create a gallery wall, and let them choose the prints and pictures they want to display in it. You could allow them to pick their own accessories- things like cushions, faux flowers or ornaments and display them in their own section of the room.
Think About Space
Many children share a room because space is an issue in the home. With double the amount of possessions in one room, using the space you have wisely is crucial. However, there are ways you can go about this. For example, you could buy bunk beds instead of two separate beds which would save on floor space. There are plenty of bunk beds for girls in different designs online, so you could match them to the theme of the room. Find the right storage to make sure that it’s easy to keep everything neat and tidy, and that overflowing items aren’t cluttering up the room. A large shared wardrobe or desk with each girl having their own half may save space compared to two separate ones. You could use storage boxes to keep things they don’t need to access every day on the top. Tall sets of drawers, for example, provide plenty of storage without using too much floor space. Have a think about what would work best in the room and the kind of storage each child needs and go from there.
Encouraging kids to reach a compromise in some areas, and letting them choose their own styles in others is the best way to create a bedroom that both will love.
Do your children share a room? If so, how did you choose the decor?