Shared Kids Room Design, Mortlake

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

Mood Board for Blue Red Mint Kids Room - Shared Kids Room Reveal - One Room Challenge

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.

Close up of DIY Upholstered Bed - Blue Red Mint Kids Room - Shared Kids Room Reveal - One Room Challenge
Fabric – no longer available // Trim

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.

Hmong Pillow Covers (similar) // Other Bedding no longer available

I’ll shut up now and bombard you with the rest of the photos of this happy shared kids room.

Hanging Planter (similar) // Poster // DIY Poster Frame

You can check out all the reveals from the featured designers for this One Room Challenge here, and the linking participants here – there’s a lot of good stuff in there!

One Room Challenge Guest Participant

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

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  1. May 12, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    I love it! It looks great-so cohesive and well thought out. Great job!! Do the kids love it?

  2. May 12, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Wow Lizzie this room is Awesome for your kiddos!! I love all the color, ahhh and that dresser is soooo good!! Beautiful work 🙂

  3. May 12, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I love it!!!! I also did a kid's room, so I love seeing what the other kiddos are enjoying after their mamas put in long hours making over their bedrooms! 🙂 Fantastic job!!!

  4. May 12, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    What a perfect shared space! I love this color combination too, gender neutral without being boring, so cute!

  5. May 12, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Thank you! They do love it – S has been showing it off to all his buddies 🙂

  6. May 12, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Thanks so much Maggie!

  7. May 12, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    You come up as anonymous – shoot me a link – I'd love to check out your space too 🙂

  8. May 12, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Thank you Jane! 🙂

  9. May 12, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    This type of room is just so tricky to pull of,but you managed to do so Lizzie! I love hoe their individual personality still shines while still maintaining cohesiveness thru out the space! how you did it is beyond me! Genius momma with lots of love for sure!Congrats and Cheers for another room done!

  10. May 12, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Thank you Vel. Love your son's room too! 🙂

  11. May 12, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    You did an amazing job creating a space that is special for both your kiddos! I bet they are delighted to have such a special room! Beautiful job!!!

  12. May 12, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Thank you, they do love it 🙂

  13. May 12, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    The combo of the red headboards (love the nailheads!) against that navy dresser/nightstand is EVERYTHING!!!!! xx

  14. May 12, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    The room looks amazing Lizzie. Love the transformation
    – Bharati

  15. May 12, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    This is such a great shared room! I feel like it can be super tricky to balance the gender lines but you did a wonderful job!

  16. May 12, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Thank you Bharati! 🙂

  17. May 13, 2016 / 7:37 am

    this is such a cute and relaxing space. I know your kids love it and I would have never thought to put a coral upholstered headboard in my sons room. I LOVE the look….I have been missing out.

  18. May 13, 2016 / 7:44 am

    Haha, yes – as far as he's concerned, they're red! 🙂

  19. May 13, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    I love how fun and colorful it is!

  20. May 13, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Thanks Krystle, us too! 🙂

  21. May 15, 2016 / 7:11 am

    I love the coral beds! I would have never thought to use coral in a shared room with a boy and girl but I LOVE the idea! And it turned out amazing! Great job!

  22. May 15, 2016 / 7:12 am

    Thanks so much Tilisa! 🙂

  23. May 16, 2016 / 7:56 am

    The coral bed was the right choice! it looks great. That dresser is amazing too. The whole room turned out pretty awesome.

  24. May 16, 2016 / 8:00 am

    I love all of it! Those beds are gorgeous, and I love the chest in between them too. Amazing!

    -Erin Spain

  25. May 16, 2016 / 8:37 am

    Thanks so much Erin!

  26. May 16, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Thank you Mila! I love your kids' room too 🙂

  27. May 17, 2016 / 9:13 am

    I LOVE the red upholstered beds! So beautiful and totally impressed you DIYed it!

  28. May 17, 2016 / 9:16 am

    Thank you so much Gwen. I loved your room too!

  29. May 17, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Love a great kids room. And I notice you have a Corgi! We had one when my boys were growing up – best dog ever.

  30. May 17, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Thank you Brenda! His name's Ted – he's a sweetie (and a bit of a grump too, lol). I love Corgis – they have so much character. 🙂

  31. May 17, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Lizzie take a bow because this room transformation is just fantastic! Have a wonderful flower filled week!

  32. May 17, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Thanks so much Laura! You too! 🙂

  33. May 18, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Such a great kids room Lizzie! I love the red, white and blue and that dresser between the beds and the bedding. Great job!!!

  34. May 18, 2016 / 9:11 am

    Thanks Tara! 🙂

  35. May 18, 2016 / 9:11 am

    What a beautiful job you did! I love all the color and pattern! Such a fun space…lucky kids!

  36. May 18, 2016 / 9:18 am

    Thanks so much Stephanie – I really love your daughter's room too!

  37. May 19, 2016 / 8:18 am

    I love the use of color. Such a cute kid-friendly room! Like the decals only half way down the wall. It really works! =) – Rosanna

  38. May 19, 2016 / 8:26 am

    Thank you Erin! 🙂

  39. May 19, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Thank you Rosanna 🙂 I was hoping they wouldn't look weird…I think they work, and it's definitely better than having blank spots where they've been peeled off!

  40. May 23, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    You’ve probably read this a lot, but your room is awesome! I featured it today on my favorite Kid’s spaces from the ORC!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  41. May 23, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Thank you so much Vel!!

  42. May 27, 2016 / 8:18 am

    I think my favorite thing in the room is the armory — so clever!

  43. May 27, 2016 / 8:23 am

    It might be mine too 🙂 Thanks Laura!

  44. September 17, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I am totally blown away by this GORGEOUS room you've created for your kids, Lizzie. So much WOW!!

  45. September 23, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Thank you so much Meera – you're too sweet! 🙂

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