Decorating Ideas for a Shared Bedroom

Through color choices, furniture arrangement, and innovative decor and design, a shared bedroom can be both attractive and functional.

A shared bedroom can be a positive experience. Learning to get along with others in a small space, collaborate on decorating and layout ideas, and sharing day-to-day moments can build a relationship. Here are some tips and advice on how to create a beautiful and well-designed room.

The Colour Scheme in a Shared Bedroom

Choosing a colour scheme is the basis for making your room look chic and professionally styled. Choose matching spreads with multiple colors in the fabric. Then pull one color out for each occupant. For example, if two girls are sharing a room, one can have pink as a signature color while the other can have turquoise. This even works with three or more in a room, by adding violet or other colors in the spread. The signature colors to designate each person’s bed can show up through solid colored sheets and accent pillows. In addition, baskets or bins in the individual colors such as pink and turquoise will designate each child’s belongings and storage areas.

Furniture Arrangement in a Shared Bedroom

  • How you place the furniture in a bedroom depends greatly on the size of the bedroom and the placement of windows and doors. Here are some tips you can apply to your situation.
  • Designate areas of the room for sleeping and study or play. Instead of dividing the room in half for each child, put the beds on one side and play or study area on the other side.
  • Make furniture multifunctional. If the beds are placed next to each other, only one nightstand is needed. Try a traditional grouping with the beds sticking out from the wall and the nightstand in between, or put the nightstand in the corner of a room and put the heads of the bed against the nightstand and running along the two walls to make an L configuration.
  • If your kids are adamant on having their own half of a room, then use a writing desk next to the bed to also function as a nightstand for saving space. This also saves from having to double up on a lamp, clock, and reading book on both surfaces.
  • If possible, move a dresser into the closet to allow for extra wall and floor space inside the room, or at least place the dresser by the closet to keep all the clothing in one area of the bedroom.
  • Change the knobs of the dresser to each child’s signature color to designate whose drawer is whose.
  • Use under-bed storage containers that easily slide out for toys or extra clothing storage. And insist that each child keep the room clean to a certain standard to avoid the “Odd Couple” type of arguments.

Thinking Outside the Box in a Shared Bedroom

Get creative and enlist your kids’ help in thinking up new solutions to old problems. Maybe the kids would each like the “top bunk”. Buy lofts for their beds like you see in college dorm rooms to allow for maximum floor play space. Help children personalize their own spaces to give them a sense of ownership by stenciling their names on their headboards or along the wall next to their bed.

If different bedtimes are an issue in a shared bedroom, put the youngest child in the bottom of a bunk bed and hang curtains for privacy around the lower bunk so that the older child is not disturbing the younger one with his or her reading light. In a split bedroom, use a privacy screen for minimizing stray light that each child can decorate their own side to their liking.