Most siblings who share rooms wish they didn’t have to, especially as they get older. It is important to have one’s own personal space for creative release, homework, and the ever popular teenager leave-me-alone time. Unfortunately, many of us are not in the financial position to give each child their own bedroom. There is an economical compromise – thee are numerous ways to visually and spatially divide one kid’s room into two.
Regardless of how you physically divide this room, the divide should begin visually with paint. Ideally, you should get three colors. One color will be on opposite walls that will be shared by both kids. The other two colors will be the personal choice on each side of the room. It is recommended to consult your color wheel for complimentary colors and analogous color schemes so the room doesn’t lose all continuity.
To physically alter the room, it may require some modest purchases, but you might be able to work with your existing furniture. Beds can be put head to head so they face opposite directions. Bookcases or other large furniture like a loveseat or futon can be used as a divider.
Lighting is another subtle way to create personal space. Especially if one sibling is older, he or she may need to stay awake later reading or finishing homework. You can create separate study areas on opposite ends of the room with floor or desk lamps .This is much less intrusive to the other sibling than most central lighting fixtures.
For a more dramatic divide, create false walls. This can be done in a multitude of ways. Hinged panels are great for this. These can easily be put up, taken down, and stored. Hinged panels fold up easily fold up accordion style on wheels.
You never know what you will find while shopping either. Numerous novelty shops sell individual panel pieces with designs ranging from flowers to Bob Marley. Finding individual panels or tapestries adds an exceptionally personal touch. These panels are typically hung from the ceiling but are typically light weight and non-damaging.
Hanging beads are another option that can provide for a moderate divide. Hanging beads are great for girls rooms and are even popular in a single girl’s rooms. Hanging beads are extremely easy to put up and come in hundreds of styles. If you are looking for a particular shape you may want to browse online. Otherwise, novelty stores like Claire’s and Spencer’s gifts usually carry these.
Dividing your kid’s room is cheap and simple depending on how creative you want to get. Whatever method you choose, it’s a fun project to do with your children that they will highly appreciate.