Whether your kids are sharing a small bedroom out of desire or necessity, it’s important to give each child their own space while helping them to appreciate the joys of togetherness. From layout to color palettes to furniture choices and accessories, here are some simple ideas to create a cozy space that kids will love to share.
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Accent With Color
Eklektik Studio hung Winnie the Pooh-inspired wallpaper on the walls of this light and airy London-shared kid's bedroom—it's accessorized with subtle pink and blue accents to personalize the space.
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Share the Headboard
The dramatic raw wood beams in this cozy top-floor shared kids' bedroom from Christina Kim Interior Design create a natural division between twin beds that are otherwise united by a single headboard upholstered in mint green velvet.
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Divide Space With Paint
Paris-based interior designer Vanessa Scoffier painted each side of this small room at the Hotel Henriette in a different pastel shade to visually define and virtually divide the space in two. Matching sconces add cohesion, and mismatched accent pillows give each side its own identity.
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Make It a Double
Instead of two twin beds, the kid's room in this 1960s Catskills, NY house from AHG Interiors has a shared double bed. Mismatched lamps on the nightstands give each side its own personality, and colorful throw pillows add playfulness to the minimalist design.
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Use a Trundle Bed
If you're decorating a kid's bedroom in a weekend house or a temporary shared space for two young kids—consider using a trundle bed that can be pulled out for sleeping and stowed away to create extra floor space for daytime play, like this New York State kids shared bedroom from AHG Interiors. Once kids are older and graduate to their own rooms, the trundle bed can be used for sleepovers.
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Hang a Shared Canopy
Emily Henderson Design draped an oversized but minimalist shared canopy over the twin beds in this bright kid's room outfitted in shades of green, blue, and white that make the ceilings feel taller. A vintage trunk functions as a communal nightstand.
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Combine Pink and Blue
In this shared kid's bedroom from Maison Ellie, a palette of soft pinks and blues are dispersed throughout. The room includes Cole & Son Woods & Stars wallpaper with metallic star accents and a variety of pastel-toned textile accents like a linen flag banner, decorative throw pillows, and framed art prints.
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Pair Mismatched Antique Beds
This Scandinavian shared kid's room from Fantastic Frank looks like it has been preserved from another century—with its Scandi-style wood from floor to walls to ceiling, a pair of mismatched antique bed frames and nightstands, and vintage toys and decor accents throughout.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Add Bunk Houses
This rustic kid's Catskills ski lodge bedroom from AHG Interiors has a cozy feel thanks to a pair of matching house-shaped raised beds complete with roll-up shades on the windows that provide privacy for siblings while keeping them close.
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Use Midcentury Furniture
In this minimalist shared kids' room from Cathie Hong Interiors, a symmetrical layout with matching vintage-style rattan twin bed frames is divided by a midcentury modern-style nightstand. To keep laundry day simple, the beds have matching bed linens but each has its own accent pillows and stuffed animals to give each side its own personality.
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Use an All-White Palette
This cottage bedroom from Kate Marker Interiors has an all-white palette that keeps it feeling light and airy despite the small size. Bunk beds maximize vertical space, leaving room for a small hang-out area in the corner with a comfortable chair and a Moroccan pouf that doubles as an extra seat. A star-shaped pendant light adds a touch of whimsy.
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Add a Double Dresser
Adding a double dresser to a shared kid's bedroom is an easy way to save space and give each child their own real estate for storing clothing and displaying favorite items, like this brother and sister bedroom from A Beautiful Mess.
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Keep It Zen
Cathie Hong Interiors designed this shared kid's bedroom with calming shades of blue and green, mesmerizing illustrated wave-patterned wallpaper, and a sleek pale wood bunk bed to maximize space.
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Add Matching Canopy Beds
If you've got enough space, adding matching canopy beds to a shared kid's bedroom gives each child their own well-defined space that can be personalized with color or accessories, like this San Francisco bedroom from Heather Hilliard Design.