I grew up sharing a small room with my other three siblings and I have bitter sweet memories of what it was like. For most of the time, I longed for my space so I could organise it the way I wanted it, but Kids’ interior decor was nowhere in my mum’s list of things to do. Your guess then is as good as mine, as to how that room looked like most of the time, considering two of my siblings were boys!
Children often share a room out of deliberate or a circumstantial reasons, but whatever the reason, children sharing a room is very common in Kenya and throughout the world as well. Whereas we may not have a choice when it comes to our kid’s sharing a room, we do have a choice of making the room individual to each child through interior decor. It may be easy to do decor for boys sharing or girls sharing, but it becomes more challenging to decorate a room shared between boys and girls or children of very different ages.
Tips to consider
- Understand each child and what excites each of them, then incorporate this information in the interior decor.(You can enlist the services of an interior designer )
- Every child needs their own space, so think of the room in different zones, private (one for each kid) and one shared .You can assign opposite corners for each child and have the homework area as the shared space.
- Maximise on available storage and look for furniture that doubles up as storage.
- A pleasant room doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy, but aesthetic elements do have to peacefully coexist. Choose a colour scheme that everyone can agree on – stick to simple basics on colour and pattern like strips and or polka dots. Each child can then dress up their zone with an accent colour and accessories of their choice.