Shared bedrooms often come equipped with horror stories, are a notorious nightmare to decorate and often end up cluttered messes. However, interior designers have been considering this dilemma in their designs as clients move to city flats and houses that have less square footage.
Behold the birth of the super stylish shared suite! Here are some super cool tricks and tweaks that will make sharing a room that little bit easier.
Style it with bedknobs and broomsticks
We love the Bedknobs and Broomsticks inspired beds that take centre stage in this room. The roasted nut colour flooring and traditional rocking horse also add to the room's period characteristics. But modern features such as the smoky lavender shag-pile rug and pink wall art make it the perfect retreat for kids who won't outgrow their room too fast.
Feature some futuristic sleepers
Thunderbirds Are Go with this TRIPLET bunk bed! For a hectic home with three boys sharing a room, this fun design has a futuristic, techy feel thanks to the unique frame structure and ladder. The small pods offer each child some space to themselves but keeping each bed space identical means you prevent cheers of ‘I want his' and it keeps the busy room uncluttered.
Create a shabby chic look
This timeless bedroom is both elegant and simple. The look is created with creamy white furniture and simple walls, cute quilt work throws in floral pinks and statement curtains. The result is a shabby chic room that will see little girls through their teenage years, as the look will never date. As long as you have two girly-girls, this room is a perfect fitting for a twin room.
It's victorious for Victoriana features
We love how this little girls' room celebrates the house's history by making the Victorian fireplace a feature. The otherwise pale pink room is given a statement by lacquering the fireplace in black paint, (yes we said black in a girl's room) and the result is a classy blend of young and old.
The look is completed by accentuated the colour mix with photo frames and the cute pig sculpture.
Channel a modern mood
The architectural design of this room is very modern - peep-windows, simple furnishings and an industrially simple but patent flooring all scream no for a kid's bedroom, however, the simplicity allows the room to house two personalities. To give the room a youthful, child-friendly mix, traditional Belgian beds are upholstered in a pastel red creating a dual between modernity and classicism.
Add some fairytale flavour
This bedroom has a fairytale appeal to it. We can just imagine Hansel and Gretel playing in the corner whilst Little Red Riding Hood reads her book curled up on the bed, hopefully without the big, bad wolf! The room creates an old charm by using twin wrought-iron beds and simple wall art created from plates. This room would be great at Grandma's when the grandchildren come to play.
2 for 1 with this nursery
A twin nursery is so much easier than individual rooms. 2am cries can be answered at once and decorating is so much simpler. This nursery is functional yet stylish with identical and simple cots that can roll around on wheels, a white paint wash and shelved wall full of multi-coloured animals, toys and books to add a double load of personality to the room.
Build fanciful box beds
So much cooler than a normal bunk, box bunks give children a little chamber of privacy. This bed has picturesque frames mounted to each cabin and a fun curtain that can be pulled to invent a secret sibling den. The bed is finished in a bright red to create a statement in the room. The exacting shade is accentuated in the curtains, furniture and rug to give the busy room a fluid energy.
Pair it with natural materials
If you're a parent who champions natural resources and organic materials, then this room is the perfect design for your children. The bare wood gives the room a rustic and simple charm to the bed, toys, desk and even wicker baskets - a great storage solution. Finished off in a bronzed shade of ochre, this room is suitable for girls or boys.
Celebrate pattern personalities
Have fun with a shared room and clash patterns, styles and colours. These upholstered beds in rich jewel tones create a perfectly placed conflict with the floral rug and patterned blind. The Georgian building provides a high ceiling and large window to ensure the look doesn't get cluttered, but when orchestrated well, both siblings' personalities can come out in designs like this.
Design a brilliant bunk
This bunk bed is a piece of architectural genius. The solid bunk is a permanent, built in feature with a set of sturdy steps to the top. By mixing the steps with shelves, the siblings that share this room have a practical storage space to keep their belongings separate and off the limited floor space. The smoky grey paintwork is highly fashionable at the moment and keeps the colour scheme gender neutral.
Create a divide with this divide
The wall divide that stands in the middle of this room may be a constructional nightmare for some, but not twins. The wall provides a divide, which can cater for sleeping and socialising arrangements to take place simultaneously without disruption. The hanging chair is a super chic piece of furniture and works well with the clashing pops of pink and orange that feature across the room.
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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