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Decorating Tips for Siblings Sharing a Bedroom  

by Michael Holland

If you have two siblings sharing a bedroom, there are a couple of easy approaches to decorating a space that both will enjoy.

The first approach to decorating for siblings sharing a bedroom is to makeover the room in one theme that both can agree on.

The second approach is to employ two separate decorating themes within the room to keep them both happy and feeling like they have individual spaces that they can call their own.

Here are some ideas that you can use to help satisfy both siblings, no matter which of the above approaches wins out.

Single theme decorating for siblings sharing a bedroom

Of course, this is the ideal. When siblings agree on the same decorating theme, or don't mind having similar bedding, there are two great ways you can furnish the room.  You can either choose to purchase them a bunk bed, or two twin beds.  You can them dress up the beds with similar or matching bedding.  Some excellent bedding choices can be found at www.homevision.com. One of the easiest, and least costly, techniques for selecting bedding is to go with "Primary Solids Reversible and Fitted Comforters". You can always use little accessories to accentuate a particular theme.

To further pull together the theme for siblings sharing a bedroom, you can select wallpaper in a theme that your children will enjoy. Or, you can borrow from one of the colors in the bedding and paint the walls a solid color shade.

But certainly wallpaper will add more personality to the room and make capturing the theme much easier. If wallpaper, or perhaps even a simple wallpaper border, appeals to you, then check out www.decoratetoday.com. You'll find lots of different choices for just about every taste and theme.

After the walls and bedding are addressed, you'll want to think about the remaining furniture. Matching furniture is always a good and safe way to go.  But why not throw in some fun furniture like a funky table and chair set, bean bag chairs, etc.

Dual (two) theme decorating for siblings sharing a bedroom

To keep both siblings happy, the easiest thing to do is just split the room in half. If you can, try to get them to agree on as many of the big components as you can. For example, maybe they don't mind the walls being the same color throughout the room. But, if that doesn't work, don't sweat it. Here's what you can do to keep the peace.

You can paint one half of the room a solid color one child likes, and paint the other half of the room a different but complimentary color that the other child likes.   And if you purchase two twin trundle beds, the kids will feel as if they have more of their own space. Plus, trundle beds will provide extra storage space for each child to store their personal items. 

 For other furniture items, it's okay to mix and match. But if the siblings have similar personal items, be sure to label the items with their names so that there won't be any bickering about who owns what. 

Finally, some other furnishings you may want to include in the sibling's bedroom are:

* Lamps
* Window treatments
* Clocks
* Throw pillows
* Area rug(s)
* Wall hooks
* Wall art (posters)
* Shelving
* Toy box bench
* Waste bin

These are just a few of the ways you can keep siblings sharing a bedroom happy.  Just be a little creative, ensure that each has his or her own personal space, and everything should work out fine. Happy decorating!

Michael Holland is the creator of the Web sites http://www.kids-rooms- and-crafts.com and http://www.home-decorating-made-easy.com. His sites offer lots of FREE home decorating tips and ideas.  

 

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