We grew up sharing rooms with our siblings and believe it taught us a thing or two about feeling less self- entitled and definitely helped build a strong bond between us. There are so many advantages of room sharingâ€”fostering respect for personal space and sensitivity to another person’s needs topping our list. We recently worked to customize a bedroom for a client, shared by her three daughters, and here are some useful tips we think all parents should keep in mind when planning a room for that is to be shared by siblings:
Think Beyond Pink
Girls don’t always have to choose pink, nor do boys have to settle for blue. For this trio of little ladies, we decided to keep the room girly and stylish, but vetoed pink. We went for Tiffany blue instead, and think it works so well! The furniture, inspired by 18th century antique French furniture, is delicately carved and inspired by the inimitable Audrey Hepburn. To add the perfect finishing touch to the theme, we went with French wooden panels for the walls.
Focus on Functionality
Furniture in children’s rooms must always be functional, long-lasting and safe. For two of the sisters, we made twin sized beds, and for 4 year old Zara we decided to go for an upholstered day bed with a trundle. The pull out trundle doubles as storage for toys, so that the room can be kept as neat as possible. We also made a media unit with lots of storage options in the form of cubby holes and over sized toy bins on casters that can move easily in the room.
Instead of givingÂ traditional side tables to the girls, we opted for an oversized dresser with aÂ hand-carved mirror on top and matching stool. This serves as a storage unit and also a dressing table — essential in any girls’ room! The Paris-themed upholstery on the stool resonates well with the chic Breakfast at Tiffany’s vibe of this room.
In order for each child to feel attached to their room, we designated some items and areas solely to the child, for example, pre-assigned sleeping areas and clear cut work spaces. We chose separate working stations for each sister so that she may work independently with ample storage for books, papers and stationary.
Less is More
Staying true to our design ethos, we stayed away from cluttering the space with too many items.Â The space was not filled unnecessarily, ensuring a free flow of energy as there must always be room to grow!
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