Decorating your children's shared bedroom can be a little challenging when the sibling pair in question is a boy and a girl. To help, our savvy Home Design Moms have offered great suggestions on designing a bedroom shared by boy-girl siblings — any or all of which will help you create a unified look that will also work for each individual child. Here are their tips.
1. A Gender-Neutral Color Scheme
The most basic step is to choose a gender-neutral color palette. As Ashlyn of Pinecone shares: "Color is the key — it will make the room feel cohesive!” She suggests combinations such as "orange and white with blues, or red and tans, or combinations of darker/lighter greens and white." Other gender-neutral color options to consider include Project Nursery's suggestion of black and white or yellow and grey.
In addition to having a gender-neutral color base for the room, some moms, like the blogger behind Project Nursery, suggest adding "gender-specific colors with the accessories, like wall decor, patterned or monogrammed pillows, storage bins, and even fun toys or books to define each [child]'s part of the room.”
2. Bedding Variations
With bedding, many of our Home Design moms suggest keeping the bed comforters or bedspreads similar, and then add individuality through pillows, sheets, or custom headboards.
As Jesse of Good Girl Gone Glad recommends: "Create custom headboards (an easy do-it-yourself project) to personalize each side of their space…To keep the cohesiveness of the space I stuck with solid light blue comforters. That balanced out the fact that my daughter had a floral headboard and my son had a striped headboard.”
Lisa of Hamptontoes offers a similar suggestion: “Take two of the same upholstered headboards, have their own monograms stitched into the textile, use the same duvet cover, yet allow each child to pick their own sheets. Or use two of the same striped duvets, yet allow each child to pick his/her own color.”
3. Carved Out Personal Spaces
"Regardless of sex, each child should have an area of the room which is 'theirs' where they can keep their special things and play by themselves," advises Melissa MacGreggor of HOUSEography. "This could be a basket of toys and a bean bag chair for a younger child, or comfy chair and a desk for an older child."
Erika Hollinshead Ward of BluLabel Bungalow echoes that advice: “Keeping in mind that children are territorial by nature, make sure the room appears to have a distinct division of space. Furniture placement, area rugs, and even the color scheme allow you to cleverly create two separate, yet cohesive spaces.”
4. Unified Furniture, Spiced Up with Accessories
Choosing the same or similar beds, bookshelves, dressers, desks, and lamps in the room can also help create a unified look, says Christin Priest of Simplified Bee: “Keep the furniture items the same or as similar possible to achieve a uniform look while letting the accessories reflect the kids different styles and personalities.”
5. Individualized Wall Décor
Wall décor is great way to keep the room cohesive but individual at the same time. As Cassie of Hi Sugarplum! recommends, "To give each child a feeling of individuality and room-ownership, I'd hang large memo boards on both sides of the room for them to decorate as they please.” Lisa of Hamptontoes suggests using bookshelves in a similar way: “Create a library for each child with the photo ledges, the books each child picks will speak to him or her, yet using the same ledges will pull the look together.”