If you’ve got two boys or two girls, creating a shared playroom tends to be a fairly easy task. But what about if you have a boy and a girl? The good news is that creating gender neutral shared spaces is much easier than you would think, it just takes a little creativity, that’s all. To create a beautiful space that both your kids will love, you’ll need a little inspiration.
In case you’re struggling to come up with ideas, here’s a few that I thought I would share. It’s easy to make a shared space a success, as long as you’ve got a little inspiration to take ideas from. As well as using Pinterest - the best tool for decorating ever, use this useful guide to help you.
Get some ideas from Google
Step one, spend some time on Google browsing different ideas. You need to get an idea of what designs you like and which ones you don’t. That’s what makes the internet such a handy tool, as there are plenty of places you can find inspiration. Any design ideas that you like and think are suitable, save. You can then use these as your inspiration and create a similar space for your kids.
Create a space that will grow with your children
Kids grow up fast, so it’s important that their playroom will grow with them. Of course, it should still be a fun space, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be somewhere that they’ll still be happy to use as they grow up. Because of this, and because of the fact boys and girls tend to like different colors, keep the walls neutral. Or, if you do opt to decorate using a certain color, ensure it’s gender neutral. Pastel hues like blue, lemon and mint can work well for this, as can bright, bold tones.
Jazz them up with wall stickers
If you’ve chosen to keep the walls a neutral shade - white, beige or gray, use wall stickers to jazz the space up. The great thing about wall decals is that they come in a range of designs, are easy to apply, and best of all, don’t damage the walls. So if your children outgrow the decals you’ve picked, you can easily remove them. For a gender neutral space, animals, numbers and letters, and nature-based designs tend to work well. Or, if there’s a TV show or character that both your kids like, you could use that for inspiration.
Get the flooring right
The flooring can often be a tricky one when it comes to creating spaces for small children. The problem is that carpet is a great option because it’s soft and comfortable, and is a safer option that hard flooring. However, it’s not easy to keep clean, and kids tend to be quite messy. Especially, younger children, which is why hard flooring is often the most popular choice for kid’s spaces. However, if you are happy to clean any stains on the carpet and have a rug in areas where the kids paint or draw, carpet can work well.
Pick the ideal furniture and features
Last but not least, take your time choosing the furniture and features. The playroom you create should be a totally child-friendly place, which is why you need to think carefully about the furniture. A table is a must, as this gives your little ones somewhere to play board games and cards, and get creative. It’s also a good idea to have a comfy area so that your kids have somewhere to relax and read or listen to a story.
Hopefully, these tips have helped you to get some ideas and put together a plan for your kid’s gender neutral playroom.