Inspiration: Shared Kids’ Rooms

When I first started envisioning what a shared bedroom for Penny and Lucy would look like, I did what I always did- parked myself on Pinterest and started pinning until I could no longer see straight. Pinterest is such a useful tool for discovering what you like and what your design style is (not to mention a happy and positive place to spend your phone scrolling time, unlike many other platforms these days…) After pinning images that appeal to you, you can scroll through your board and notice what design elements keep popping up, whether it is a certain color scheme, style of furniture, or just overall mood. It really helps to define what you like and want, and give you some direction to create the space that is perfect for you.

I started by searching for shared kids’ rooms, because I was interested in not only design ideas but layout as well. Trying to fit two beds plus miscellaneous other furniture into a tiny space is no small feat, and I was hoping the Pinterest Gods would shine some fresh ideas on me and help me to think outside of the proverbial box. They, of course, did not disappoint.

I thought I would share with you my top 10 favorite shared kids’ rooms, since I am such a kids sharing rooms convert these days, and not just because our 2 bedroom apartment forces me to be- I truly believe I would have the girls in one room regardless of how many bedrooms we had. It has helped them to bond so much, and it is just so precious to see them spending time together in their sweet little bedroom. Talk to me again when they are teenagers, and I may be singing a different tune.

Without further ado, my top 10 shared kids’ rooms for your viewing pleasure:

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This one is so satisfying on so many levels. I love the symmetry of the matching beds on either side of the night stand, and how the bedding clearly goes together but has just enough variation to distinguish the two beds. In a perfect world, this room would be it.

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Here is another pleasingly symmetrical bedroom, and much more gender neutral. This would be a great shared bedroom for brothers and sisters. I love how the beds are the same, but in different colors, creating interest and separation. The bedding is tied together with the same color scheme, but the fun pillows allow each space to be tailored to individual interests.

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This room is again well balanced, and I love how simple and clutter free it is, bu the bold graphic wallpaper and bedding manage to keep things fun and exciting. I am a huge fan of using wallpaper, especially in kids’ rooms (click here for another inspiration post on how to use wallpaper in your home).

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This space is a good example of what to do when one of your children still sleeps in a crib, and reminds me the most of what we did in the girls’ last bedroom (click here for details). Even though the beds are different, they compliment each other nicely with the coordinating bedding and the framed prints above each bed. I was fortunate enough to be able to achieve this balanced look in Penny and Lucy’s previous bedroom, but I knew the almost laughably tight space in their new room wouldn’t allow me to do this. Alas, I would have to get creative with furniture placement. Luckily, I was up for the challenge.

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I briefly considered placing the twin bed and crib directly next to each other, since there wouldn’t be room for a night stand in between them, but quickly decided it wouldn’t work in our space. In this room, however, it really does work, because the beds are exactly the same and so simple that they almost trick the eye into thinking they are one large bed.

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This is another creative layout. The beds are again butting up to each other, but because they are going in different directions, it doesn’t feel awkward.

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Bunk beds, while not an option for us at the moment since Lucy is still in a crib (and will be right up until she is tumbling out of it), are something I am toying with doing eventually. I especially like the look of these built in ones. Their space saving benefits are obvious, but I have heard it is quite a hassle trying to change the sheets. Thoughts? Opinions?

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Another clever arrangement, especially if you have a long and narrow space. I love how each child has their own little book shelf for bedtime reading, although I wonder how much sleeping would go on with them facing directly toward each other…

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This room might be my favorite. I love how the girls each have their own space in opposite corners of the room, but with the white beds and similar artwork above each bed, it feels very cohesive and balanced.

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And this layout reminds me the most of what we ended up doing in the girls’ room. The crib fits perfectly into the little space beside the fireplace mantle, and the twin bed looks so cozy pushed up against the window. Similarly, Penny and Lucy’s new room ended up the way it did out of necessity and extremely limited options (it was like a tricky jigsaw puzzle only much more cumbersome to arrange), but I really love how each girl has their own comfy little nook to call their own. I look forward to sharing it with you soon!