My two youngest boys share a bedroom. The bedroom is large, it runs the length of the garage below. But as they get older, Lewis now 14, Jacob 7, they want their own space. The main plan is to put a partition wall up, making the one room into two rooms, giving them a separate bedroom each. However, it's not on the todo list this year, as the main priority is to convert the garage into a play room.
But, we are planning on decorating their room to give it a fresher feel and look. Due to the large age gap between them, they have very different tastes and ideas on how they want their room decorated; Lewis wants plain cream walls, whereas Jacob wants bright orange walls. So we've talked about ideas and solutions and we have a plan. We will keep the room walls cream colour bar the end wall on Jacob's side where it will become his feature wall. Jacob would like a wall mural for his feature wall. A bright, fun mural.
A wall mural to stick on Jacob's side of the bedroom is the perfect compromise and everyone is happy with that. It gives him his space and identity.
Designing a shared bedroom can be a challenge for many parents, especially when there is an age gap between the children - do you go for a open plan shared environment or do you try to give each child their own bit of space, however it does depend on the size of the room which will dictate the approach you can take. Either way, there are great ways, like putting up wall murals that help them claim their area of their shared bedroom.
Putting wall murals up is very simple, it's not too pricey, and it instantly creates a unique environment, allowing you to transform the space into your room.