From increased empathy to better sleep, there’s a wealth of benefits when siblings share a bedroom. But how do you handle decorating said room—especially when you’ve got a boy and a girl trying to cohabit there peacefully? We checked in with Alexa Battista, a public relations specialist for Wayfair, for some decor ideas everyone can get behind. She told us, “One of the easiest ways to achieve a gender-neutral aesthetic is to choose soft tones such as white, gray or calming shades of yellow, along with light patterns including stripes and geometric lines. This combination will add charm and creativity to a space without leaning toward a specific gender.” She also sings the virtue of peel-and-stick wallpaper, as well as signs, wall decor and pictures that speak to each kid’s personality.
Want some inspo? Check out these six smart ideas for boy-and-girl shared rooms that are as stylish as they are conflict minimizing.
1. Opt for light and neutral
You can never go wrong with whites, grays and dreamy teals. This gender-neutral room feels like the perfect hideaway for a conspiratorial brother-and-sister duo.
2. Or dark and monochrome
3. Go Woodsy
How charming is this little Wes Anderson–inspired number from Isabel Ladd Interiors? A word to the wise when employing twin beds: Make sure your mattresses are the same height so that the effect is orderly and not cockeyed.
4. Choose a Poppy Animal Print
You know what boys and girls can always agree on? Llamas.
5. Stick with One Pattern in Different Colors
If your kids insist on the pink-and-blue thing, tie the room together by getting one bedding pattern in two different colorways. Keep things consistent with complementary toy storage bins.
6. Set Up a Room Divider
When all else fails, set up a retractable room divider and let each kid get free rein over his or her side of the space. How fun is this eclectic setup?
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