Decorating a kids’ room can be a very complicated task. Decorating a room for twins? Well, double trouble. No matter if we are talking about a nursery room or a room for a bit older little angles, the most important thing to know is that you should respect children’s individuality in that process. That should not prevent you from creating a coherent and balanced overall design, though. This may sound too complicated, but it is, in fact, quite easy to pull off.
Here are a few tips that should help you to accomplish a harmonic decor in a room for two.
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Two Kids – Two Territories
Before you start decorating, think of the room as two independent spaces, as your children are two independent personalities. The easiest way to define their territories is with paint colors. Sure, you can paint everything the same, and just separate later with decorative elements. When they are very young, they will not even notice the difference, but as they grow older, the knowledge that something belongs just to them will be much more important. You can go for the monochromatic paint, and just change the shade a bit on one half of the room, or for completely different (yet complementary) hues.
Start with a Theme or Two
When designing a kids’ room, theme is always helpful to have a clear image of what you should do. The usual road to take is to go with the gender-inspired themes – superheroes, cars, princesses, flowers, etc. but they can also be gender-neutral (fairytales like Peter Pan, stories like The Little Prince, or simply nature, beach, etc.). If you decide for one theme, create differences between the two parts of the room, but do not disturb the natural flow. For instance, Little Prince inspired décor can have the prince on one side and the rose on the other. With two themes, just be careful not to make the colors overly contrasting.
Use Patterns as Distinction Elements
Mixing patterns is all the rage in home décor right now, so do not be afraid to use this in your kids’ room, too. Use different patterns and prints on the bedding, cushions and area rugs. You can also add some dynamics with patterned wallpapers on each side of the room. Another way to shake things up a bit is by using different textures (e.g. shaggy rug vs. jute rug). Unify the look by using the same colors, but different patterns.
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Double the Storage and the Accessories
When you have one kid you cannot even wrap your head around where you will put all of his/her stuff. When you have two… well, you can imagine that it is twice as hard. You can use one large closet for their clothes, but as for the toys and accessories you will have to be a bit more creative. If you are limited with the small space, try going up with the storage (vertical shelves). If, on the other hand, your budget is the limiting factor, get creative with things like toy boxes, wine crates, storage bins, etc. Use accessories to individualize the room – figurines, stuffed toys, posters, comic books, books, etc.
Make the Beds Identical
This is always the easiest way, because you will have to fit in a lot of other things into the room and ideally equal proportions of the beds can be very helpful. Besides, it is incredibly cute to have at least something identical in a room for twins. You can later change and upgrade their looks with different bedding, throw pillows, etc.
It may require some hard work and a lot of creativity, but there is nothing more rewarding than decorating a room for your kid – unless you are decorating a room for two kids. So, start working on your big project as soon as possible, and remember: they may have come to you in one bundle, but every kid is special.