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Decorating a Shared Bedroom

I love playing around with interiors, though where we currently live has limited space; with just two bedrooms, my children have no option but to share.  At present, this isn’t a problem. They are seven and eight years old and spend relatively little time in their bedroom anyway.  At the moment, they have a cabin bed each, but we are redecorating at the end of the month and will be giving them bunk beds instead so we have more space for storage in the room. We love this Stompa Uno S bunkbed from Room To Grow for its style. To go with the bed, we have two of these single mattresses, which are great value and super comfortable.

As the bed frame is white, I am looking for the rest of the furniture to also be white; I have bought white shelves for books and trinkets, ordered a white bookcase, and will be choosing two wardrobes and one large chest of drawers shortly.  With white furniture, I can afford to be a little more adventurous with the walls.  We are using Valspar paint probably in sea green colours to coordinate with their new blind.  The carpet will be a neutral colour with a brighter rug on top.  I particularly love the ranges available from Rug Mountain, and can imagine that this one would get lots of use from my little boy:


To add another splash of colour to the room, I would like to use these letters from Not On The High Street to spell “siblings” across the chest of drawers:


I prefer blinds to curtains and have been struck by the VELUX collection (find out more here).  I would like something colourful but not patterns; preferably in line with the colour scheme.  The area in which I am struggling is lighting options.  There are so many to choose from but the majority are either typically girly or very boyish.  What I would like is a pale blue or green coloured shade, preferably without any images on.  If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to know!

I have seen a wall light that the boy would absolutely love.  I really do not think it will fit with the colour scheme of the room, but I may have to get it for him anyway!  He’s superhero-mad at the moment and this would make him so happy:


He will also need a shelf at the end of his bed to house his money boxes (he has quite a collection!) and other random stuff that he seems to collect out of nowhere.  Miss J will be getting the room’s built-in store cupboard to use as her den.  It currently has doors but these will be replaced by a beaded curtain for easier access and so she can safely spend time in there.  She loves her “secret space” beneath her cabin bed so this gives her the option to keep that privacy whilst giving me more options with the limited space on offer.  The boy will keep his train table in the room and house his huge vehicle collection in the storage drawer beneath the bunk bed.  We will probably keep the car mat too.  As for soft toy storage, I am not too sure.  The children both love their stuffed animals but I am not keen at all. They collect so much dust and are bulky, which makes it tricky to store them.  A shelf above their window may possible work to store some of them, and their favourites can stay at the end of their beds.  A white toy box would be lovely, if we have the space leftover.  Finally, I would like to create a photo wall behind their door – I have so many lovely photographs of them that sit on my hard drive and aren’t seen often enough.

Room to Grow also have some gorgeous storage and playtime ideas that I would like to take advantage of, including wigwams and playhouses, like this beauty:

I think that covers the majority of my ideas.  The colour scheme is clear in my mind and I am just really excited to get started now.



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