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Decorating a shared children’s room can be tricky as those sharing the room are bound to have different ideas about how it should look.

Search for some common ground between the two – a theme, colour or object that both kids love – and use this as your starting point. It might be a vintage Miami Beach theme, like the green and cream room, or something as simple as doughnuts, used in the blue and yellow room in the bedlinen and accessories.

A painted diamond pattern on the wall
The wall by the door is painted in a diamond pattern to echo the bedlinen

How to achieve harmony

  • Give each child a separate area of the room to decorate, so they both get a say in how the room will look.

  • For a cohesive feel, consider getting two of the same item for key furniture pieces, such as beds, desks and chests of drawers.

  • Reversible duvet covers can be flipped to a different side on each bed so that each has a different pattern but the overall colour palette of the room stays the same.

  • Add cushions and patterned pillowcases to mix up the bedding.

  • Use toy boxes to keep a shared room tidy and paint them in a pattern that echoes the theme of the room.

  • Use a paint effect to give each child their own ‘zone’, like this diagonal device, or just straight up and down between the beds.

Vintage Miami Beach themed bedroom

It’s hard to argue over what belongs to who if each child has their own. The walls and floor of this twin room are painted in Resene Island Spice, the bedheads are in Resene Scandal, the cabinet is in Resene Wax Flower, the lightshade and basket are in Resene Splash and the plant pot is in Resene Scandal.

You don’t have to spend a lot to create a stunning room. These bedheads and cabinet were bought second-hand and revived with paint.

Learn more about this look

Donut inspired bedroom

Divide up the space with a wall painted in Resene Frozen and Resene Sunkissed (for a current alternative try Resene Tulip Tree). The side wall is in Resene Foundry and the floor is in Resene Quarter Alabaster.

A diamond pattern was created on the door to echo the bedlinen by painting the whole surface in Resene Quarter Alabaster and then masking it before painting sections in Resene Sunkissed and Resene Tussock. The toybox is painted Resene Quarter Alabaster with diamonds in Resene Frozen, Resene Tussock and Resene Sunkissed.

Learn more about this look

Top tip: For wipeable walls opt for Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen waterborne enamel.

Colours for vintage Miami Beach bedroom...

Colours for donut inspired bedroom...


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