Shared Spaces: Sibling Revelry


I love the idea of a brother and sister sharing a room, and with a few simple steps, it’s actually not too hard to pull off a cohesive look. When designing a bedroom, I most often start with the bedding. It tends to make the biggest statement in the room. In the case of a boy/girls shared room, I suggest sticking with classic patterns. Think plaids, dots, stripes, ginghams. The patterns are timeless and can work for boy and girl. Use the same pattern for both beds, just change up the color palette based on their preference. (Quick aside, the plaid duvet in the pink is AMAZING!!! It’s the first thing I bought for my daughter from the new fall collection.) Also, mix in some basics in solid colors, so the prints don’t overwhelm. Our sweatshirt and moving blankets are good options.

Next, I’d choose a rug. You can go one of two ways with this. You can pick one that has a lot of color in it, including the colors in the bedding. This will help pull everything together and add a little punch to the room. Or, if there’s a common color in both beds, in this case it would be navy, choose a solid rug in that color. Again, this will help the two beds make sense together.

Then, for the furniture, I’d opt for classic, clean lines. With, ideally, both beds being the same.    If you do have one child that’s particularly opinionated, let’s say a super girly, girl that wants a dramatic headboard, then at least try to stick with the same finish on the two beds.

For the accessories, I’d suggest a color-coding system. Since you have so much color already happening in the bedding and rug, think about choosing one color for each child and getting them a lamp, storage and other accessories in their colors.  It should cut down on arguments, and look visually pleasing.

Lastly, be sure you give each child a space to make their own. In this case, we used bulletin boards over their beds, so each could display their collections and art.

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?


  • stacy h

    my daughter and son share a room. we had to put bunks in because it is so small. to create their space i put a two shelf thing with hooks over the dresser- each gets a shelf. and created more of ‘their’ space on their beds. put up a letter for their name, a bracket to hold books and their nightlight, a piece of art and then a few stuffed animals/pillows. they love it!

  • Dina @ Honey + Fitz

    I love this post! This is a real issue for a lot of parents trying to make space constraints work for them in urban areas. I did a similar post on how to create shared (but separate) spaces on my blog using things like color, architecture, etc to divide and keep everyone happy.

  • Konica

    This post is so helpful! Now, if only the store website offered a “girl/boy coordinated” section for easy viewing. Trying to see what might work together by clicking between the girl and boy sections is less than ideal.

  • Danielle Kurtz

    Good point about the website categorization, we’ll definitely see if there’s something we can do there. In the meantime, if you need help putting a look together, let me know. I’d be happy to help.
    Danielle, Creative Director @ Nod

  • Ria | Bedroom accessories India

    Hi.. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea about the necessary items which need to be present in the kid’s room. I think that young kids have lot of creativity and imagination. They spend most of the time in creative things but they are less aware of neatness and cleanliness. Hence they should be taught perfectly about keeping the living room clean!