This Midcentury closet detail is one of many refined retro-modern features at Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 in Williams Creek area. Spring has sprung and Owner has moved-into the project even while mostly exterior work continues forward. Happy Earth Day!
“Rec Rooms can be multipurpose areas that are fit for both unwinding and working. Versatile and low-key, Scandinavian designs can help you create a fun, bright and open space for all sorts of activities, from a game of foosball to catching-up on studying … a space your family will love!
Check out this article at Freshome.com which features HAUS custom shared kids’ room – project photo #15.
March 7, 2016
Laughing…crying…playing…fighting. A shared sibling bedroom is a beehive of activity and needs. And that means there’s a lot for parents to tackle when creating their kids’ shared bedroom. With twice the amount (or more) of evolving personalities and necessities, it’s often a daunting task for parents to accommodate storage, space and the individual style of each child.
Here are some helpful tips to overcome common design challenges and create a happy and functional room for your young roommates.
Creating a Boy and Girl Shared Room
Designing a room for a brother and a sister doesn’t have to be challenging. In fact, it’s probably the easiest challenge to overcome when planning a shared room.
Your first step is to select an underlying color palette for the main elements of the room (walls, rug, furniture) that is gender neutral…and, if they’re old enough to chime in, that each sibling gives the thumbs up. Color combos such as white and grey, turquoise and white or a mix of primary colors work well for both boys and girls.
To complement your underlying palette, layer complementary colors and patterns on top of that. For example in a grey and white room, try accenting with yellow accessories. For patterns, lean towards stripes, chevron or solids with large geometric shape(s).
When selecting furniture, opt for furniture with clean lines and that’s non-themed (steer clear of the race car or sleeping beauty beds) and pair with neutral colored essentials such as lamps and window treatments.
The exciting part of creating a super fun bedroom for your young brood is accessorizing and customizing design elements to match their budding personalities. Select design elements that make the room feel like it belongs to both of them. Personalize accessories throughout the room such as wall art or coat hooks. Marquee lights with their names or first initial add a pop of energy and excitement to any space. Likewise, subtly add gender specific themes in one or two accessories, but keep them color coordinated. For example when accessorizing with red, try a throw pillow with a red fire engine for him, and a pillow with a red flower or heart for her. Storage that is complementary to the design scheme but specific for each gender (think charcoal for boys and yellow for girls) can also seamlessly pull a room together.
Creating a Room For Different Ages
Sometimes its not just Jeremy and Sarah that you need to accommodate, but a 3-year-old Jeremy and a 4-month-old Sarah can definitely add another layer of design anxiety.
The first thing to tackle is the furniture layout. If you have a baby, chances are you’ll be in and out of the room at night to tend to the baby. If possible, place their beds in opposite corners or walls with the crib being most accessible to the door. Obviously structural elements such as windows and heaters can dictate otherwise but your design objective is to give each child the most comfortable night’s sleep without one waking the other.
Creating a play area that both siblings can enjoy, even simultaneously, is super helpful, especially for tired mommies and daddies. Floor mats, cushions and soft larger items like a rocking horse and tents are perfect to outline the area and fun for both to play in. Place your older child’s toys in accessible storage containers, but higher than the floor so your youngest can’t easily touch it.
For example, whether it’s a bookshelf, storage cube or wall unit, place baby friendly toys and items on the lower shelves. Your toddler or older child can stand and reach for the basket of Lego.
Incorporate elements that show your children their growing family. Photos of the kids together, framed handprints of when they each were newborns encourage them to appreciate their younger or older sibling while adding a warm family atmosphere to their bedroom.
Creating Ample Storage for Two or More
Finding the space in one room for twice as much furniture and storage is one of the most daunting tasks when designing a shared room. This is where your resourcefulness and editing eye need to kick into high gear. Less is definitely more in a shared bedroom, as is multifunctional and shared design.
As a baseline, selecting streamlined furniture is essential to keep the room feeling as spacious as possible and allow for storage and playing. If your kids are old enough, bunk beds are always an excellent choice. Whether L-shaped or vertical, a bunk bed is an efficient use of space and oftentimes has built-in storage underneath.
Speaking of…under the bed storage such as rollaway drawers is always helpful in creating more space and can hold seasonal or limited use items. Storage chests with cushions can be used as a seat to a play table as well as conceal a mountain of toys. A wall unit with drawers can pull double duty as a dresser and desk.
Shelving is super convenient for toy organization as it doesn’t take up a lot of space and can be placed above dressers, desks, even above the door for hardly used items. Similarly, placing a bookshelf at the foot of the bed doesn’t take up valuable wall space and may even give you another surface near the bed for a lamp or nighttime book.
For clothing, wall and door hooks are helpful for every-day go-to items. In the closet, install two rods (i.e. double hanging) so each child can have separate hanging space.
Regardless of your design challenge, when creating a shared room for your little ones if you stick to resourceful, efficient, fun and creative choices, you’ll no doubt create a bedroom your kids will love!
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HAUS Home Spa Featured in Article, “10 Essentials for Enjoying a Spa-Like Experience at Home“. This bathroom remodel was part of a comprehensive residential addition. Unique characteristics of this spa include the adaptive-use of the original 1930’s glass tile and cast iron tub into a more efficient, modern design. Vanity is a custom-made open-legged table for a furniture look and more open feel in a relatively small main floor bath. Original double-hung window was replaced with obscure glass block.
Article: 11 Dreamy Master Suites – Shabby Chic Master Bedroom Suite in HAUS’ Broad Ripple Bungalow featured in article, “11 Parental Suites of our Dreams” (interpretation). Suites of differing styles from around the world are highlighted – check out the article here.
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11 Parental Suites of our Dreams
And if parents finally had the right to their own space for cocooning?
The Romantic Suite:
The decorative element of strength in this Shabby Chic bedroom suite is of course the raw barn door. Sanded and whitened to match the minimalist and romantic style of the room, she separates the sleeping quarters from the spa. The white walls and big mirrors placed behind the bed bring in a light that almost seems poetic. We will particularly salute the ingenious sliding door system that allows for a flexible gain of space.
C’mon now, everybody can use some Custom Bunk Beds
This design negotiation between daughters and father ended in a successful compromise for all. Daughters requested all pink with windows and shutters. Father proposed, “…how about something simpler and neutral including some nooks to display stuffed animals and the like? We can always add pink pillows and accessories. Then if you decide you want to change-up the color, it can be done with ease.”
Thanks to summer intern Alex Webber for building this bad-boy.
HAUS project featured on Lutron website with projects from around the globe – check it out!
HAUS called-on to envision and oversee industrial retrofit to existing urban loft – “are you serious about bringing 300# barn doors up six flights of stairs?? … Yes we are.”