How to Decorate When a Brother & Sister Share a Room


Sometimes you simply don't have enough bedrooms in your home to devote one to each child. Siblings of the same gender sharing a room can be difficult enough, but when you add different genders, the situation becomes trickier. You likely will not be able to get the two children to agree on a decor style or a theme, so get more creative when you plan the decorations. With the right ideas, you can create a bedroom that both children will love.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Paint
  • Furniture
  • Linens
  • Divide the room down the middle and designate one side for the girl and one side for the boy.

  • Use painter's tape to mark off the room's center, as well as the edges of the windows, the areas where the wall meets the floor and the room's doors.

  • Paint the girl's side of the room in one color and the boy's side in another. Work with the children to select the colors and choose shades that are different, but that complement each other. For example, choose yellow and green or magenta and turquoise. That way, the room will appear to have separate sides, but the two sides will not clash.

  • Place gender-neutral furniture in the room. Choose furniture made of wood stained with a light color. Place a twin bed on either side of the room. To give the children more of their own space, get them each their own dresser and desk, if the room has enough space.

  • Add linens to each side that coordinate with their respective colors. Let the children help choose the linens and allow them to reflect their personal tastes. For example, a boy might want a bedspread with superheros, while a girl might prefer butterflies (or, who knows, vice-versa).

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