Decorating a Shared Children’s Room

My children were especially pleased to have their room finally decorated recently (after living here for over a year)! With a 5-year-old girl, a 2.5-year-old boy, and a new baby on the way, we kept the decor gender-neutral.

They love sharing a room together (and the baby will be with Mama & Daddy for awhile anyway), so you won’t see a baby bed in the photos. (I imagine we will be consolidating the oldest ones into bunk beds in the next year or so, to make room for Baby #3 in the children’s room eventually.)

I reused the bunting flags from a few years ago, and we used Mythic Paint for the red and aqua walls. On the lower half of the red wall, we painted chalkboard paint for some special amusement! Inspired by this drawer pull idea, I used a polka-dot tea-cup wall hanging as a holder for the chalk.

For the wooden wall art, I reused old pallets and barn wood. I used Making Memories letter stamps (from a thrift store) for the lettering to write some of my favorite quotes.

Above the clip boards for their art projects (reused from a few years ago), I put the Pablo Picasso quote, “Every child is an artist…” (inspired by this hall art). The large wall space contains a Mary Oliver quote (a poet I’ve really enjoyed), and above our little boy’s bed, the sweet Marc Brown quote, “Sometimes being a brother is better than being a superhero” (inspired by this room).

In a couple of the corners, we hung some nostalgic vintage artwork/framed cross-stitch pictures (mostly from when I was a little girl). The curtains are a simple sturdy, white canvas-type fabric that have accompanied our family on our many moves over the past 10 years.

Under the window, we have the wooden dollhouse, box of little “big kid” Legos, and a cozy chair for reading and  bedtime snuggles.

Sweet Dreams, dear ones!

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5 comments to Decorating a Shared Children’s Room

  • I love it! The chalk board wall is a great idea!!


  • I love this room! We are expecting our second and boy or girl, the baby will (eventually) be sharing a room with her toddler sister since we live in a 2 bedroom house. I am excited about the idea of them having a built in friend and roommate and loved seeing how it can still allow for cute decorations.


  • I LOVE the repurposed wooden pallets!! What a clever, creative, and frugal idea!!


  • Amy

    How refreshing! Thank you for sharing. It’s so nice to hear that eventually all three kiddos will be in there. We are unexpectedly blessed with a third and live in a two bed apt. And although baby will be with us for a while he/she will be tossed in with the others eventually! It’s nice to know there are others out there doing the same!


  • Debra E

    I love that Mary Oliver quote! Is it part of a poem or just a quote? I’ve checked out a couple Mary Oliver poem books from the library. There are so many! Any good place to start? I’m not big on poetry but I love the quote so much I wanted to get more!


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