When we asked our twitter followers if they had any decorating dilemmas they could use some help with, Shannon R. (@SAHMconsulting) responded pretty quickly. You see, Shannon has three sons and a daughter. And, next year, when the youngest turns 2, she’s hoping to move all 3 boys into one bedroom. Brave woman, huh? The problem is that like most families, they need the room to serve a lot of purposes. They need beds for all the boys, of course. Plus, clothes storage, and the closet just won’t cut it. And a place for cuddling and reading. Oh, and somewhere to put all those toys.
It’s a tall order, but I think I have some suggestions that might get Shannon going in the right direction. Here’s what I put together.
First, the furniture. I suggest going with painted white furniture. While it’s not the traditional choice for boys, I think it’ll not only look great, it also won’t overwhelm the room. With a bunk and a twin bed in the room, a lighter color is definitely the way to go. And speaking of light colors, I’d definitely suggest opting for one for the walls.
Next, the bedding. Shannon mentioned the boys are fond of our Robots Bedding. And, it’s actually the perfect fit. It pairs nicely with our Moving Blankets which comes in several colors, so each boy can customize his bed to his tastes. Also, there are some fun throw pillows to mix in to give each bed its own personality. I also like this set because it’s a clever take on a boy’s theme that can easily grow with the children. So, it’ll work for all three of them for some time.
Storage is definitely an issue. And by suggesting a bunk and twin bed, I’ve negated the ability for Shannon to add a dresser. Instead, I’d suggest opting for underbed storage. Our I Think I Canvas Collection comes in tons of sizes and shapes. And the underbed group is perfect for clothes storage. Also, the closet system will allow her to optimize the space in the existing closet. In a variety of colors, it can be customized to each of the boys. And there are several coordinating options for toy storage
Next, a reading area. Our Joya Rocker is a great choice. It’s small frame allows it to fit easily when space is at a premium. Plus, it’s sleek, modern design will transition easily to another room in the house when the boys are older. And, for book storage, I’d suggest our Straight & Narrow Book Ledges. They don’t take up any floor space and allow for storage of plenty of books. They also allow the books to act as wall art for the room. Why not take advantage of all of those gorgeous books!
As for a lighting, our Bright Idea Floor Lamp is perfect for the reading nook. And, for each of the boys, a Gummy Bear Nightlight adds a little fun to the room. Last, but not least, a rug. I’d choose a cut or loop pile wool rug. It’ll provide a soft, cushy surface for the little ones to play. Our Blue Broad Stripe Rug gives a nod to the ombre trend and adds some great saturated hues to the space.
With 4 kiddos, I’m sure Shannon’s got her hands full. So, I hope this at least gave her a few tips to get started. I love the idea of the 3 boys together in one room, like a constant sleepover with your life-long pals. Hmmm, maybe I should do some re-arranging at my place this weekend? A 5 year old boy and an almost 2 year old girl in one room, and mommy gets a craft room out of the deal…tempting.
By Danielle Kurtz
Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet, but all her supplies have a layer of dust on them about 5-years-thick, wonder if it's just a coincidence that her oldest kiddo is 5 years old?