ORC Week 1 | Mood Board | Shared Kids’ Room Design

I am joining a biannual design event called the One Room Challenge. A host of interior design bloggers each makeover a space in six weeks, sharing weekly updates. I’ve been following it forever, harbouring mild envy at what people are able to achieve in such a short time, and soaking up all the gorgeous inspiration too, of course. Now I’m joining them, working on a bright kids’ bedroom design for my son and daughter.

Shared Kids’ Room Mood Board

I’m adapting the design plan I had for Sebastian’s room in the last house, because we moved before it was finished. This time though, the kids’ bedroom design needs to work for both a boy and a girl, because his sister is sharing the space. I’m keeping a fun, gender neutral colour palette, and adding a few feminine elements.

Bright Shared Kids Room Design Mood Board Girl Boy

Peg Board // Pendant Shade // Fierce Print // Shelves
Chicago Print – Etsy // Curtains // Wall Lamp
Bookcase – Home Decorators // Decals – Etsy
Fabric – Tonic Living// Duvet Set
Wall Hooks & Chest of Drawers  – no longer availabl
Throw // Rug – PBK

Kids’ Bedroom | Before Photos

This is what the kids’ bedroom looked like when we moved in.

The house is rented, and the walls have to stay white. I’ll bring in lots of punches of colour elsewhere though.

The Floor Plan

The room is about 11’x 12′ – not huge, but plenty big enough for two small people. I love that the window is in the middle of that wall – simple symmetry makes for an easy space to design.

Shared kids room floor plan with twin beds

Sometimes I need a proper deadline to give me the oomph to get a design plan executed. Things are moving already – there’s a sneak peek of the progress so far in this post. I’m excited at the prospect of having a finished room in six weeks!

More Spring 2016 One Room Challenge Posts

Design & Floor Plan | Week One
Wall Decals & Shelves | Week Two
DIY Upholstered Beds | Week Three
Fixing & Organizing | Week Four
Space Saving Homework Station & Pegboard Toy Storage | Week 5
Kids Room Reveal | Week Six



  1. April 7, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    This is my first time doing ORC too-slightly nervous but really excited! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing how your shared kiddo's bedroom turns out…our girls share a room and wouldn't have it any other way 🙂 Kristin @ Postbox Designs

  2. April 7, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I love your color palette–it's actually pretty similar to the one I am doing in the nursery (…minus pink walls, lol), but I think it's the perfect gender neutral palette! Can't wait to follow along! PS–how did you make that floor plan?! Do tell!!!

  3. April 7, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    I love the shared bedroom & the colour pallet is great for both boy & girls. I'll be following along as I also complete my ORC! Hollie

  4. April 8, 2016 / 8:10 am

    love the dresser you picked out! good luck with the transformation!

  5. April 8, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Oooh your design plan looks fantastic I will look forward to following along with this one 🙂 Thank you for your visit today! x

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