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Project Dream Room: The Boy + Girl Shared Room

This article originally appeared on Petite Interior Co and Fantastic Furniture have joined to help you create dream rooms for your kids.

The mixed gender sibling shared room. It’s enough to make any interior designer run for the hills! How on earth are you meant to compromise on a colour scheme and overall style that both children love? Thankfully, Petite Interior Co has tackled a few of these projects in their time and have put together an episode that shows how YOU can incorporate the favourite themes and colours of both your children, without compromising on style.

We’d love to share some of our favourite tips to create the ultimate sibling Dream Room.

Tip 1: Incorporate pops of colour that both kids love, into zones just for them

We did this with the robe doors, the Mackenzie Table Lamps and the cushion combinations on the bed. We kept all other shared spaces fairly neutral with beautiful paint colours from Haymes. Did you know that you could actually paint the fronts of these sliding robes? We used the following colours on the rest of the room:

Sylvie’s Sliding door – Streamwood 2163
Tommy’s Sliding door – Greyology 5
Shared Sliding door – Light Admiralty Grey 4024
Cabinetry – China Blue 4022
Walls – Greyology 3

Tip 2: Personalise your space!

This is a great way to make each zone a little bit more special. We used these great custom wall tattoos.

Tip 3: Create symmetry wherever you can

Look for bedlinen and pillowcases that are available in the same pattern and type, but in different colour ways. We’ve chosen a bedlinen set here which has a really subtle polkadot pattern that doesn’t clash with the wallpaper!

Your furniture selections are also super important when planning your shared room. We chose these House Single Beds because not only did they love the shape, but the timber colour brought some great warmth to the space. We also love the Castelli Bedside Tables and Mackenzie Table Lamps and they come in so many different colours. What surprised us most about this room was how high end the overall look was, when many of the items were so affordable.

Tip 4: Add multiple zones to encourage your kids to use their room for more than just sleep!

We were so lucky that this room already had a great inbuilt desk and we just loved the prospect of giving it a complete makeover. We replaced the handles with these gorgeous knobs and added one of my favourite desk accessories, a pin board. Having two Nicki Chairs means Tommy and Sylvie can work here together or with a friend. We also chose this wonderful Olson 2 Seater Sofa from Fantastic Furniture, which was the perfect size for under the window. Even if you don’t have a room as large as this one, creating zones for relaxation and play is a great way to ensure longevity in your shared room design.

Tip 5: Utilise your existing storage first, then add some fun pieces based on your child’s needs

We were very lucky that this room has so much existing storage. One side of the cupboard each for clothes and then whole other cupboard for toys and other bits and pieces. We included two of these rope baskets to capture any things that might need new homes. Isn’t this rainbow print the cutest?

We hope you love the first episode of Project Dream Room as much as we loved putting it together for you! Sending a very special thank you to Fantastic Furniture and all the other wonderful brands for working with us on this episode. We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for our next room makeovers!