It’s reveal time! Over the past six weeks, I’ve been working on a gender-neutral, shared kids room, turning it into a bright, happy space for my six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. This makeover is part of the One Room Challenge.
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The Design Plan
We had a small budget for this room, so I used a lot of existing pieces. The room isn’t big, but it’s lovely and light, and the perfectly centered window made the floor plan straightforward.
Shared Kids Room Reveal
The beds were the big DIY here, as I explained in week three. (And week four, when everything fell apart!) Sebastian’s favorite color is red, which can be a bit loud if it’s too bright. The fabric is a soft shade of corally-red, so we’re both happy.
The drapery came with the house, and it works. I’d nix the curtains and do a roman shade if we weren’t renting, but I do like the yellow gingham in here, and the black-out lining, so they stayed.
I found the little rattan chair in a vintage shop for £10, and it creates a cute reading spot for little bottoms.
Although this is a shared kids room, I wanted a designated space for each child. To do this, I essentially split the room down the middle. The bookcase is mainly Eleanor’s stuff and the closet is mainly Sebastian’s, although there is some overlap.
Because we rent, painting wasn’t an option. I always love white walls, but I would’ve touched up the woodwork if I’d been allowed.
All the brass accessories were scavenged from my grandma, and Eleanor bought the little rattan chair herself from a charity shop. It’s the first thing she’s ever bought with pocket money (#minime). I attached the fairy lights with clear acrylic clips, and they’re so pretty at night.
In the hallway just outside, I hung the growth chart we bought four years ago. I love that we can roll it up and take it with us when we move.
We bought the dresser from Feather & Black a couple of years ago. It’s incredibly heavy!
I made a home work station and armoury peg board to provide easy access to toy weapons.
I talked about the wall decals and how I put them up in week two. I didn’t hang them all the way down the walls because I did that in our last house and the ones within little arms’ reach didn’t last long. They still make a big impact on the room this way, and no one has tried to peel them off. Win!
The sweet star print duvet covers were from M&S a couple of years ago. The striped fabrics are actually Turkish towels used as throws, and the yellow throws are throws, funnily enough.
I’ll shut up now and bombard you with the rest of the photos of this happy shared kids room.
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