What’s the first rule of interior design? Know your customer. That’s why we went to the source: eight-year-old Carson to find out what makes her Ashley HomeStore inspired bedroom, “the bomb diggity.”
Impressing us left and right, Natalie Thompson from Deeply Distressed is at it again with her stellar design skills. This time, however, she enlisted the aid of her daughter Endia, and turned her latest project into a bonding moment. The mother/daughter team sought out colors, chose stylish furniture, and not only designed a chic, functional new space, but they created great memories as well.
As you can tell by her Instagram username, “PreppyBohemianAtHome”, for Amber Shirley, boho is the only way to go – even in her son, Rylan’s bedroom. But she discovered that creating a “fashionable” boy’s room can be a tricky task when it’s video games and sports that take top priority for him. Thankfully her little man’s lack of interest in a stylish room couldn’t stop her from creating a space that’s infused with boho chic, yet still meets his demands for fun.
Ashley HomeStore style influencer and artist/blogger, Robin Long (aka, Coastal Crafty Mama) is short on patience. Robin will update a room and within a few months be ready for something new. But when it came to sprucing up the bedrooms for her three children, Robin was determined to think long term—establishing looks that her kids can appreciate today and tomorrow. Rather than go overboard with “theme-focused” kids rooms, Robin chose to focus on finishing touches to create chic, cozy retreats kids of any age would be proud to call their own.
If you’re a parent, you know just how important a good night’s sleep is for children. A lack of quality sleep can bring out problems at school and at home. We’ve crafted a handy guide that details everything you need to know about children’s sleep. From how to make the nightly bed time routine a breeze, to choosing the mattress that’s best for their growing bodies, it’s all right here.
Having a space of your own is great—but sharing a bedroom with a sibling can be one of the greatest joys of childhood. There’s always a friend close by, secret forts to build together, late-night giggles and of course, occasional squabbles to be worked out, creating cherished memories years down the road.
Although a shared kid’s room isn’t uncommon, the concept can stump parents who want to ensure a space that works for each child’s personal needs. How do you begin choosing a theme that a girl and boy would both love? What layout works best for children with an age gap? And how do you make the most of the square footage you’re dealt with?
Whatever scenario your family might fall under, we have tons of inspirational ideas, visual cues and tips to guide you along the way.
The Classic Duo
It’s the tried and true layout, and we love how this Ashley fan gave it a customized feel with nameplates above the headboard. It gives each child a sense of individual space, even if their bedspreads are matchy-matchy.
If storage isn’t an issue, consider a fun play area in between two beds. A charming tepee is the perfect little hideout during playtime.
Storage tip: Depending on the bedroom size you’re working with, try sliding a dresser in between the beds for extra storage space. This option offers much more vertical space than two short nightstands would.
This is the layout for you if…your children are around the same age, or if you want to create an environment with lots of opportunity to bond.
Practical Demi-Room Divider
Open shelving creates divided personal space without compromising an open-concept flow. If open-shelving isn’t an option and you have a traditional closed back bookcase, no worries. One child will be able to use the practical shelves and the other can admire a faux accent wall that perfectly expresses their style. Simply cover the backside with wallpaper of their choice to turn a simple bookcase into artful furnishing. They can even take their personal style a step further by adding pieces of art or posters to their new customized accent wall.
Mounting these bookcases to the wall is advisable to eliminate some safety concerns. However, the concept is best suited for older children and you may want to consider another layout for younger or more rambunctious children that are tempted to climb shelves.
Space-saving tip: To keep shelves from becoming too cluttered, the Jaysom storage binOpens in a new window is the perfect solution to house all their favorite books, trinkets and toys.
This layout is for you if…you have an older child who wants their own personal downtime, or if you want to divide up the interior decorations (for example, blue walls on one side, pink walls on the other side).
Bunk beds fit the bill if floor space is limited. And if you’re worried about your little ones fighting over the top bunk, don’t worry. These contemporary options are so stylish, they’ll love tucking into either bunk.
Space-saving tip: Multi-functional furniture is your best friend when you’re tight on floor space. An ottoman bench with underlying storage or storage bed frame will help free up room. Other pieces, like desk hutches instead of additional bookcases take up vertical space instead of floor space.
This is the layout for you if…you have a smaller space to work with, or if your kids need the extra room to run and play.
A loft-style bed will make your kids feel like they have their own personal castle. With a staircase leading up to a dreamy sanctuary, how could one feel otherwise?
Storage tip: If you prefer toys neatly concealed, use colorful storage bins that slide into the bed’s cubbies. They keep loose items tidy while adding a playful punch of color.
This is the layout for you if…storage space is a big priority.
There’s so many ways to play with this versatile option. Set two beds with built-in trundles underneath in a side-by-side layout for maximum bedding. This is the perfect solution for when the amount of children in a household greatly outnumber the amount of rooms, or for kids who love inviting their friends for sleepovers. This idea provides four cozy beds while only taking up the space of two when not in use during the day.
If sleepovers aren’t frequent and you only need to design for two kids to a room, then decorating with just one trundle bed frees up lots of room for storage, desks and play space.
Storage tip: To maximize on space efficiency, consider a trundle bed that also offers under-bed storage. TheLulu trundle bedOpens in a new windowconveniently offers space for a mattress and built-in storage drawers. Talk about resourceful.
This is the layout for you if…need more than two mattresses in a room, or if you’re working with smaller square footage.
And there you have it—tons of ways to create a shared bedroom without skimping on style. How do you plan to design your kid’s room? Make sure to share a picture with the hashtag #MyAshleyHome. We’d love to see!
The Lulu bedroom series puts the fun in functional. Whether designing a room for him, her or siblings, the options with this set are truly endless. Parents, rejoice! We just found the simplest and most affordable way to design the room of their dreams.
What better way to dress up kids’ bedroom furniture than with color? Here are our ideas for fun color pairings for your little one’s room.
One of the latest styles that we’re sure your kids will love is timeless navy. It anchors a room like no other color can.
Do you have rooms that need a little love? Part of the joy of furnishing a room is adding a personal touch. Since we all have different tastes, you can’t take a cookie cutter approach to home decorating. Here are three helpful steps.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is important to me?
- How and where do I spend my time?
- What are my hobbies?
- Who am I with most?
- What do I collect?
- What are my favorite places, music, books, movies and food?
Apply what you’ve learned.
For example, if you have “beach” listed as one of your favorite places, check around your home for keepsakes like shells that you may have picked up or photos you took. These will serve as your inspiration and can be incorporated into the decor.
- Souvenirs: Display on shelves, mantels or in glass accent boxes.
- Photos: Frame a variety of images and sizes and create a personal photo gallery.
Other inspirational ideas include:
- Antiques: Displaying tokens of the past connect you with the stories of your ancestors and are excellent conversation starters.
- Art: Find and display paintings, sculptures, canvas art, tapestries, photos, even clocks–anything that resonates with you. If it was made by you or a loved one, even better!
- Models: Show your love for a hobby or sport by staging boats, cars, airplanes stadiums and more.
- Walls: Give the room a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper incorporating colors that reflect your personality and style.
Decide where they go.
Now that you’ve gathered your items, decide where to place them. Consider each room and find the areas where you can add a personal touch.
This room’s possibilities feed off the types of furniture and wall space you have. Stage decorative items on open shelves or in china cabinets. Hang art, like this time piece collection on the wall above a buffet or server.
Here’s your chance to show off your personal treasures. Add built-in shelves, curios or bookcases to accommodate these items. A shelf behind the sofa is perfect for displaying a hand-built model.
Add a console table along a wall or behind a sofa to hold conversation pieces, like a stylish lamp, favorite books, pictures and more. Hang wall art throughout the room.
Adorn an end table with picture frames or an electronic photo frame loaded with your favorite photos.
In this gathering spot where memories are made, the focus is on recreation and entertainment. A huge wall unit, entertainment center or book shelf provides an empty canvas where favorite objects can be displayed.
An office does not need to look boring. Here’s an example Inspired by the timeless appeal of American classic furnishings. The Townser home office desk revisits tradition in style. Credenzas and desk hutches also provide ample space for displays.
Dressers offer a valuable top shelf for displaying personal treasures. Add as many as you need to create personalized space. Add wall art with special wording above the headboard and it will all come together.
Up to a challenge? Get bedroom furniture with storage and display space show off their treasures. Use wall art or some of their own art to add character to the room.
Rooms filled with your personality are naturally more meaningful and appealing. If you have ideas for adding meaning, we’d love to hear them in the comments section.