How to Decorate a Shared Kids’ Room

A few years ago, my girls spent an entire summer sleeping in one another’s rooms. Before school started, we made it official — moving our youngest in with the middle child and creating a toy room. They’re bedroom has been a hodge podge of styles ever sine — Disney princess mixed with trains, Hannah Montana alongside Barbies, animal prints with stuffed animals.

With our reorganization and room move, we decided to completely update their shared bedroom. The problem was figuring out how to blend such different personalities — and ages — into one, cohesive style.

I made the mistake of asking the girls what color they wanted to paint their room. I got not just two different answers, but four! My youngest wanted to paint it pink and purple. My tween really wanted black and red. Can you get any further apart?

When I bought new bedding for their room, I found the perfect solution to their opposition — reversible comforters! The bedding is lavender with white polka dots on one side and zebra striped on the other. The tween has an animal print to suit her style, while the polka dots provide a childlike feel for my 6-year-old.

I decided we could try a similar compromise on the walls. We painted the lower portion of the wall purple with a bold black stripe to keep the tween happy. The pink and red was kind of already there. The walls were already a really dark (almost redish) pink, so I left a couple stripes of the original paint as well.

The girls are both incredibly excited about their new room. Each believes she chose the paint colors herself. That’s a serious win in my book!

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