Luckily I was blessed with 2 daughters. I say luckily because forcing them to share a room together has been a whole lot easier than it could have been. So what if you have a boy and a girl and you want them to share a room together? Or more importantly, you have two very different kids with two very different personalities or ages. It may not be quite as simple, but it can be easier than ya think. I believe it mostly comes down to embracing their individuality, and letting that shine in their own space. So really it just means you have to be a little more creative when it comes to sharing a boy and girls room.
This is important for any two kids sharing a room. They need to feel like they have their own individuality being displayed. This can be done in a variety of ways. First and foremost you want to separate their sleeping arrangements. Have one bed on one end of the room, and the other on the other end. Just having these two spaces separated in this way makes them feel like although they are sharing the space, they have their very own area all to themselves.
If you are forced to combine these spaces, meaning you need to use bunk beds, then make another area slightly separate. This could be a reading space or even a simple place for them to sit and work. Here you can give them each a small chair or maybe even a desk. Make sure there is one for each of them and it is clearly defined using their favorite colors, characters, or even their names added to each. It’s important that it calls out to each of them specifically. We all need a space of our own, and our kids are no different.
Sometimes a great way to help define any given space is to use rugs. Get two separate (and small) rugs to place on either side of the room. It will help further the point that these rooms really are divided.
Allowing your children to see their favorite elements within a room is important to their individuality. Whether it’s allowing them to pick out their very own, and very different, pieces. It’s all something that they chose themselves. Making their own choices is important as they get older, you know that.
Bedding and art is one of the best ways to allow for their own interests to shine. If your daughter likes a particular Disney movie, think about getting specific sheets for her. Maybe even blankets or framed posters including these characters. If your son likes another, then try to get him his specific favorites to throw up on the wall as well.
Colors are always key elements in any room, especially for your kids. You want colors they love and that make them feel good. Wether its incorporating blue and pink, or orange and red, you can be clever in the way that you display these colors in the space.
When to Combine
As important as it is to have separate elements within their room, combining certain elements is just as important. It’s a reminder that this is their room and they are sharing. As I mentioned, if you’re defining areas with Disney specific characters, throw in generic Disney elements in other parts of the room to make the over all space more cohesive.
Those colors that they have chosen as their favorites can now be combined in a number of ways. Find a rug with all of their colors included. Use the same table lamp base, but different shades. Use the same bed frame but different bedding. Find a wall paint that they can both agree on. They probably have more in common than you might even realize.
You’re really just trying to make it one cohesive space for two very different people. This can be done by making the whole room a reflection of their combined interests. They have a shared toy area, or reading area. Just try to combine certain elements or spaces so that they can still enjoy each others company. If they both love their room, it only means they’ll spend less time in your space.