Do your kids share a bedroom or are you considering the idea? Far from being a compromise, it can be huge fun, a great way to learn about privacy as well as build a bond between them away from the watchful eyes of parents.
Here are some beautiful shared bedroom ideas to inspire you.
Creating a cohesive shared space for siblings needn’t be a headache, just a little thoughtful planning can produce a unique and functional space without trading in style. Get creative with layout and opt for clever storage solutions that maximise floor space. Avoid the tempatation to try and style each space separately. Instead, treat the room as a whole and add individual touches with accessories, artwork and treasured keepsakes.
These bright, playful beds upholstered in Quentin Blake fabric from Sofa.com are a storybook in themselves. Perfect for bird lovers and jungle explorers alike. Let imaginations run wild with a huge chalkboard wall and avoid unwanted scribbles elsewhere in the house.
By using panelled walls and upholstered headboards in the twin room of this Spitalfields house, Interior Designer Andrew Fossey has created a stylish grown up feel. The bold graphic print and industrial bedside lamps add a fun, urban edge, which prevents it from feeling too formal. Perfect for style conscious older children (via House & Garden).
In this eclectic Gothenberg flat, featured on La Maison Dannag, two platform beds have been supported on map chests, perfect for neatly storing away all those precious pieces of kids art. We love the bold injection of colour and pattern from the scatter cushions and the striped rug, which add plenty of personality without taking over the room.
Creatively arranged display shelves give pride of place to special toys in this room photographed by Denilson Machada. The matching treasure map bed linen is sure to inspire a shared spirit of adventure. Sliding closet doors are a useful option if space is limited.
The gallery wall of artwork in this beautiful stripped back boys bedroom, shot by Petra Bindel for Elle Décor creates a real feature and stops the room from looking ‘overly done’. The white walls and floors let the colourful art and accessories shine whilst the platform beds laid end to end leave valuable floor space to play.
Two’s company, four’s a party! These cleverly designed bunks are a stylish solution for larger families. We love the Scandinavian vibe of the rich wool throws and sheepskin rug in this Christmas beach house photographed by Armelie Habib for inside out.
Get the look:
- Neutral bedlinen is great for brother/sister shared bedrooms (see Petra Bindel’s above). We love this Triangle duvet cover & pillowcase from Catsandboys, €58.
- Rust-oleum chalkboard paint can be painted over an entire wall as in the sofa.com image above, or alternatively, use tape to mask off a section of the wall and create a blackboard. Be sure to buy no-dust chalks – unless you want to spend half your day dusting, £11.
- Box shelves, as seen in the room photographed by Denilson Machada, are ideal for arranging prized toys and getting clutter off the floor. They can be hung low so that kids can access the contents. Sebra set of shelves, €135.
For more ideas and inspiration for kids bedrooms and playrooms, check out our Kids Rooms archive.
Kate Midda is an interior designer and writes about the renovation of her London townhouse (along with original and stylish ideas for kids arts and crafts) at Little Big House Tales. Read Kate’s Little Brother arts and crafts column for Mr Fox and follow her on Instagram @littlebighousetales.