We recently moved house and our two boys, Finlay (3) and Parker (1) now have a shared bedroom. I think there’s something lovely about siblings sharing a room when they’re young, especially for Parker who idolises his big brother. Over the last couple of months I’ve had a lot of fun decorating their new room. I decided to keep the actual space quite simple, allowing the furnishings and modern accessories we’ve picked up over the years to add character and charm. By using a neutral palette, it means the room can easily grow with our boys over the next few years. Here’s how I went about creating our shared toddler bedroom!
When it came to planning the boys’ new room I decided to start with the beds. We love the Ikea Kura bed hacks, especially when you can make them into a bunkbed. However, I felt Finlay was still a bit young for this option, which led us instead to the Ikea Minnen beds! They have more of a classic look, yet can easily be tailored to suit a modern bedroom. We’ve styled ours with some gorgeous Ferm Living bedding, chosen to contrast against the wallpaper. I’ve always loved a mismatched look.
With tall ceilings I was initially unsure of adding a wallpaper, however it was clear very quickly that the room needed a pop of colour to soften things. We ended up choosing this beautiful Ferm Living harlequin wallpaper, it’s so cheerful yet at the same time isn’t too busy. We also hung up some Happy Flags, to help make the walls feel a touch lower and break up the print.
On the rest of the walls we’ve hung some prints and shelving, including a set of 3 Bloomingville House Shelves, one from B&Q and lastly some picture ledges from Ikea, which we used to create a little reading nook. Our Oyoy Design Adventure rug, doubles up as a play-mat! The boys love racing cars up and down the windy roads. In this area there’s also our beloved Kebnekaise mountain bean bag and Parker’s Trihorse Wooden Marble Run.
We love our books so I knew I wanted to create a reading nook for the boys to enjoy together. I tried to make it cosy and inviting by adding some cushions and some cuddly toys over a snuggly sheepskin rug. It’s the perfect quiet spot and gets used everyday. To draw more attention to this corner we added some triangle wall stickers, from Ferm Living, which help draw your eye in and set it apart from the rest of the room.
For storage we’ve used the Ikea Stuva system, giving the boys their own wardrobes. You can customise these to get them exactly how you want them. We liked how they don’t take up much room, yet have loads of space to store away everything from clothes and shoes to toys and blankets. In addition to this, I’ve always been a fan of keeping storage baskets dotted around the home, as they’re great for quickly tidying things away at the end of the day. They range in price, but one of my favourites is this triangle print one from Ferm Living. It’s a piece of decor in its own right and ours stores a number of treasured teddies.
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