Not every house is large enough to allow every child to have their own personal bedroom space. Although it's often easy for two boys or two girls to share a bedroom, it becomes a bit more challenging when a boy and a girl share a room. However, with a few ingenious boy-girl-sharing-room decorating ideas, you'll be able to create a room that they will both enjoy.
Take Your Cues from Shared Interests
Boys and girls often share hobbies and interests, which can be used as the basis for decorating a shared room. For example, although beach themed bedrooms for girls are often a popular choice, this overall theme can also work great for a room shared by a boy and a girl. Keep the overall color palette neutral, focusing on natural colors such as beige, blue and white. If floor space allows, add a few colorful beach chairs, which will provide extra seating when friends come to visit. Sew a few colorful floor pillows from beach towels for even more fun seating options. You can also add a few personalized touches for each child to coordinate with the overall theme. For example, add some beautiful shell decorations for the girl who loves to gather them on the beach, along with marine animal wall decals for the boy who is fascinated by whales and sharks. Both children will enjoy their room even more because of these small personalized touches. Other possibilities for shared hobbies and interests include sports teams that are enjoy by both, ecological "green" decorating themes, and music.
Creative Furniture Arrangements to Maximize Space
Finding enough floor and storage space for two children can also be a challenge when one room is shared. Think creatively in order to maximize your floor space. Avoid oversized furniture pieces and instead focus on those which have a small "footprint." For example, a full height bookshelf doesn't take up any more floor space than a short bookshelf. By adding a tall bookshelf to the room, each child can have their own shelves for their personal belongings and books, without taking up any additional space. It's also a good idea to choose furniture pieces with drawers, cabinets and shelves whenever possible. Beds with drawers underneath are also a great option that can provide valuable storage space. Placing the beds against the walls is often the best solution, since this arrangement will free up more floor space in the middle of the room.
Plan for Privacy
Privacy is always an important concern whenever two children share a bedroom, but it can be even more important for a boy and a girl. If the room is large enough, you can utilize room divider screens to add a bit of private space for each child. Tall bookshelves can also be used as an effective room divider, especially when several are placed back to back. When placed in this fashion, each child will have their own set of bookshelves facing towards their half of the room. It's also important for each child to have their own desk so that they have a private area to work and study. Placing the desks on different walls is usually the best choice for maximum privacy.
Alyssa Davis is a staff writer and decorating specialist with Metal-Wall-Art.com and she offers stylish suggestions for decorating with outdoor metal wall decor and coffee metal wall art.
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