Decorating ideas for when a brother and sister have to share a room

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When we decided to go for a third child, it involved some decision making for our three bedroom home. At the time my daughter had the bigger room and my eldest son the small room. I decided to find out the sex of the baby, which was a boy, so we had two choices – let the two boys share the bigger room and swap my daughter to the small room or let the older two share and give the baby the box room. Due to the amount of toys and storage needed for the older children, we decided to go for the older two sharing the big room with it’s extra storage and then we could always review things further down the line. It’s now a year on from Daniel’s birth and it was definitely the right decision.

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Kids Bedroom Ideas

How we decorated

There are two fitted wardrobes in their room with sliding doors and we used two coats of cupboard makeover paint to change them from white to a bold pink and blue design. One side has a hanging rail which they share (William only uses it for his school uniform) and the other has shelving which is used for clothes – I put them in plastic drawers – and also for toys, swimming things etc.

ideas for when a brother and sister have to share a room

In between the two wardrobes is an alcove with shelving, where we put in a bedside chest of drawers from IKEA, I decorated it and made it personal with some sticky back plastic in a fun numbers design as they are both keen on numberjacks and all things maths (I don’t know where they get that from, it’s certainly not from me!). It was really easy to cut and apply and I had more than enough.

ikea upcycling

William already had a cabin bed with a chest of drawers underneath and a pull out desk.  Originally we though my daughter’s bed would slot underneath, but that didn’t work out, so we put the beds into an L shape which works really well.

ideas for when a brother and sister have to share a room

I used a bed guard to keep her feeling secure from the gap – it’s pink, she loves it! The carpet and walls were kept neutral and we used purple curtains.  I let them choose removable wall stickers so that they could personalise their space. We got Stampy and Squid for William, and a set of Frozen wall stickers for Phoebe.

stampylongnose wall sticker

It had to be Stampy, Squid and sonic for my gaming son!

wall stickers ideas for when a brother and sister have to share a room

Frozen fever is still with us…

Gathering Inspiration

To give my son a bedside table of sorts, we had to get our thinking caps on, I looked at lots of different shelving ideas, I wanted something he could put a few bits on like his cup, clock and photos that he likes, and that would fit in with the theme.  I came across this picture when I was searching for Kids bedroom ideas which inspired me, although it’s on a bigger scale.  They have lots of ideas you can save for every room in the house, and I love the treehouse – if only I had the space!

Modern nursery/kids room by DIN Interiorismo
Fulham : Modern nursery/kids room by Tiger Play
Fulham by Tiger Play

What we ended up with was this set of three cubic shelves in white and purple, they’re perfect for what we had in mind, were easy to put up and he was really chuffed to have his own little storage space up by his bed.

kids bedroom ideas

For the lighting, they have one bedside light and they each have a nightlight .  The main light has a jumbo paper shade with a farmyard scene.  The walls are a soft cream colour and the ceiling is a very subtle blue to imitate the sky.

kids bedroom ideas

So there you have it, at age 6 and 5, they love sharing a room, and although sometimes they chat away to each other instead of going to sleep, on the whole it works really well.  They have different areas for their toys and enough storage to tidy them all away (which never happens!)  Have you had to accommodate children of different sexes in one room?  How did you manage it?  I’d love to hear from you, the more ideas the better.


Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Homify, all opinions are my own.

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  • Reply Single Mum Speaks

    I like that lampshade in the last pic-lovely design, and the shelves are fab. #showandtell

    February 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Thank you, it took lots of hormonal planning when I was pregnant!

      February 12, 2016 at 6:03 am
  • Reply Nicola

    Some great ideas, I love the cube shelves! Thanks for hosting #showandtell 🙂

    February 12, 2016 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Erin

    That treehouse is awesome!! Glad you found solutions that work for you 🙂

    February 12, 2016 at 8:09 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Thank you, I know how awesome, I’d love to have the money and space for it!

      February 12, 2016 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Manco Painting

    Awesome ideas! Where do you get your inspiration from?

    November 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Everywhere! Mostly pinterest and instagram lol

      November 22, 2019 at 12:38 pm

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