Siblings Sharing a Bedroom Needn’t Be a Hassle

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When children are young it’s often the case that they end up sharing a bedroom, so it’s vital that they have a space they can play in that suits all their likes and interests without imposing too much on the other little ones in the room. Faced with a similar dilemma, the fabulous Karen from N4 Mummy shows us how she’s created a bedroom perfect her little girl and boy…

The logistics of having two little ones sleeping in the same room are complicated. Preventing either of them waking the other up has been challenging, and often involves rushing in and removing a child at lightning speed. That aside, there’s also the fact that one is a boy and the other a girl. In a gender-neutral age this ought to be easy, but they still have different tastes.

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Flamingo Printed Bedset | Nyla Pom Pom Quilt

When I became pregnant with Daisy, I confess I went a little pink mad in decorating her nursery. I’m not naturally someone who often wears or even likes the colour, so I blame it purely on hormones. Then came two years later my little boy Laurie came along and I realized the room needed to change. So, I set myself the challenge of creating a unisex bedroom with the help of Laura Ashley.

Daisy is three and definitely has preferences. This blog post focuses on her side of the room, as Laurie’s has yet to be completed. When I started this project I didn’t want to revert to gender stereotypes. Yet when asked, Daisy picked the Flamingo Printed Bedset.

My main aim was to keep the communal items monochrome, and let the kids each choose their soft furnishings.

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Flamingo Printed Bedset | Nyla Pom Pom Quilt

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The Nyla Pom Pom Quilt is a favourite of mine because it’s fun and contemporary. It’s also multi-coloured so gives scope for when we do Laurie’s side of the room. Our family lives in a draughty London Victorian terrace, so it’ll also keep Daisy warm and toasty during the winter.

We bought Daisy a dolls house for her birthday, and I lined the walls with wallpaper. Laura Ashley has some beautiful wallpaper prints; it was a tough decision to choose. But Daisy chose the Unicorns and their new Farnworth Stripe Royal Blue. I’m a huge blue and white stripe fan as it literally goes with everything. I had hoped to paint the bedroom walls prior to taking these photos, but life didn’t quite work out like that. I’d planned to paint them a soft grey: an easy neutral colour. Yet after seeing Laura Ashley’s Farnworth stripe in the flesh, I’m toying with the idea of doing stripes, even if it’s just a back feature wall. What do you think?

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Unicorns Wallpaper | Farnworth Stripe Royal Blue Wallpaper

Karen Maurice writes a sustainable lifestyle blog at www.n4mummy.com and can be found mainly on Instagram @n4mummy

We want a room like this, even Laurie loves it!! Have you had to create a space for sharing siblings? Let us know below or on Twitter.

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