If you have more children than you have space, itís time for some creative
Sharing a bedroom means having two of everything Ė duplicate beds, dressers,
storage units etc. To avoid conflict over who has the better desk or dresser
consider the same furnishings for both children.
Their individuality is expressed in your creative approach to decorating
each childís own space.
One good approach is to give each sibling his own set of belongings
in his own color and seek input from him regarding how he wishes to decorate
his part of the shared bedroom.
Itís important that shared bedrooms have some consistent design elements
that tie the room together and a storage system which encourages organization
from both parties.
To eliminate major design and décor conflicts itís important
that you harmonize the individual spaces. By carefully meshing two tastes
into one overall environment you can create a welcoming space thatís ideal
for both sleep and play.
Encourage your children to either decide on two different but coordinating
room colors or one main color in two different shades.
Keep things simple, separate and color-coded. Add variety and distinction
to each siblings area by incorporating brightly colored storage bins and
Consider adding striped and patterned accessories to an otherwise basic
Bed linens are another great focal point for individual tastes. Think
floral and plaids or stripes and solids. Reversible bed coverings are also
ideal in shared rooms.
Consider stackable storage cubes that not only divide the space but
also serve as storage compartments for each child's belongings.
When it comes to physically dividing the room, screens with hinged panels
may be just the answer for siblings who have a real love/hate relationship.
The hinges make folding and storing easy when your kids are having a good
Ďsharedí space day.
More creative room divider ideas can be found by visiting http://www.decorating-kids-rooms.net/divider-rooms.html
Regardless of whether youíre looking to visually or physically divide
a shared bedroom space itís always important to get the occupants of the
room involved in both designing and decorating their space.
Encourage each child to select his own bedding, accessories and storage
For more tips on how to create a sense of peace, privacy and a sense
of individuality in shared bedrooms visit http://www.decorating-kids-rooms.net/siblings_sharing_bedroom.html
About The Author
Sherrie Le Masurier is an organizing consultant who helps parents organize
and decorate their children's rooms. She is a member of Professional Organizers
in Canada (POC) and co-owner of http://www.decorating-kids-rooms.net