How to Do a Shared Kids' Room—The Right Way


By Kelly Anne Bonner Should you have caught our first post on gender-neutral kid's spaces, you would know what a difficult task outfitting a space sans cutesy, color-coded decor for boys and girls can be. Yet another thorny undertaking, similar to designing a child's interior free of gender-defining pieces, is creating a single kid's room for multiple tots—aka, the shared space. With the downsizing of living situations, and the convenience of having little ones learn the art of sharing from an early age, thinking about how to successfully divide a room for children of two different genders—or even for the same one, with totally different personalities—is definitely the way to go. Speaking of sharing, we would like to impart some insights on this creating-a-room-for-a-few question that continues to arise today as ever-still the challenging task. Take a look at some of the most successful examples of spaces that create harmony for siblings, and learn how to do a shared kid's room—the right way.

same design, different details

We love this bedroom that ever-so-subtly suggests its shared status. Monogram pillows, a pair of framed silhouettes above the bed, and contrasting duvet colors are little details that work differentiation into an otherwise unifying design scheme. The lesson here? Make the overall design for the room consistent, then add in personalization through smaller details. Inspiration Image via Grant K. Gibson

modern and light

Bet you didn't think a shared kids' space could be so classy, huh? A light, breezy palette of blues and whites skip over the beds and walls, while a few playful additions like the wooden trophy heads and figure models leave the room with a not-so-serious vibe. The takeaway here is to choose a simple, noninvasive color palette and give each little one all the same things design-wise—they'll appreciate when a sibling doesn't have a single bit more than them. Inspiration Image via FreshNist

fresh, fun color

A mostly simple space, jazzed up through fun, colorful additions, perfectly overcomes the challenge of designing a shared space. While the beds are fairly uncluttered, save for vibrant hues, the wall is where all the action is—a great way to keep fun additions off the floor.

Inspiration Image via Tip Junkie.

lined up

A set of cribs lined up horizontally across a shared room is genius. This way, you can save space for other necessities (rocking chairs, of course) and move more easily about the room. Inspiration Image via Homedit.

room for three

Amazingly, room for a set of three kids is accommodated via three of the same style of bed (one of them with a jazzed-up headboard). When the dimensions of each of the beds are the same, the shared space naturally looks more unified, allowing for lovely, unique decorative additions, such as that amazing kid-sized chandelier. Inspiration Image via 6th Street Design School

and to sum up...

To bring all these design elements together, this space above perfectly demonstrates how to create a shared kid's room without getting into the major pitfalls that can come along with it. For one, buying each kid, no matter how many, the same exact bedframe will go a long way to unifying the space. Lining up said beds in an orderly fashion (horizontally or across a room) will work to visually order the space, even if there are other unique and colorful decorative additions. Finally, to add some personality, the walls are fair game, as are the color schemes of the bed linens and other furnishings. Time to start designing your shared kid's space via our moodboard builder—now play nice!

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