There are a whole lot of ideas out there for girls rooms and boys rooms. You know what there are not a lot of? Shared boy-girl rooms. But after a little over-thinking I decided something. It totally doesn’t matter. Forget theme-y colors or what not and just make the room nice and comfortable and a place where they feel loved.
Still, an inspiration piece is still kind of everything, right? This is Aldergate light by Kichler is mine.
There are three things I absolutely loathe in this world: carpeting, cucumbers, and boob-lights. (Don’t try to tell me cucumbers don’t even have a strong taste. They are awful, and I can smell one from a hundred yards.)
Back to the point: Boob-lights. You know what I’m talking about, right? The dome lights that…oh, just google it. I mean, they are everywhere. Look, I own that my strong feelings are probably slightly irrational, but I can live with that. So the first thing I did in approaching my kiddo’s room refresh was to pour over the Kichler lighting catalog. Like a kid in a candy store. Because my love of good lighting is matched only by my loathing for boob-lights. Okay, I promise that’s the last time I’ll say that word.
The Aldergate light is understated awesome-sauce. What made me fall in love was that hint of gold behind the layer of black metal. Perfection.
Not long after hanging this beauty – which you know I did the moment it arrived – I was at World Market, when I came around the corner and saw this over-sized gold map of the world. I checked it out online when I got home and found it on a freakishly good sale. Combine that with a coupon and that puppy was mine faster than you can say “hey-honey-I-think-I-want-to-buy-this-way-huge-map-for-our-kids-room-even-though-it’s-as-big-as-the-entire-wall.”
I’ll drop a link for you, as well as to other details of the room reveal in case some of it strikes your fancy. (I use affiliate links here a good portion of the time, which helps support my kids’ sports fees and equipment, as well as my growing addiction to Red Bull during late night reno sessions. You can learn more about affiliate links here.)
Gold can be wonderfully gender neutral. It’s anything but boring, but it is neutral. From there I could play with whatever colors I wanted. (The multiple colors on the curtains are my fave, by the way. And you know they are blackout because hellooo, who needs the kids waking up early, right?!)
Fortunately, I had already knocked out the closet last year, so that was one huge check off the list. You can read about that here. Oh, and yes, we still love the closet a year later, yes, they can get their clothes, and yes, that is actually the second kids’ reading nook in our home. Because reading is awesome.
One thing I kind of hope you noticed about this shared room is that it is not large. I hate coming across articles that are like “Make your room look like THIS,” and it’s a freaking mansion with 20 foot ceilings and a closet the size of my master bedroom. Whatever. Our ceilings are 8 feet. (95″, actually), and the room is like 10×12 or something. That said, my kids have a pretty dang cool play space upstairs, so their bedroom doesn’t have to be used for play, so there’s that.
Given the dimensions of the room I could have elected for smaller lighting, smaller beds, smaller art. But I like to play with the proportions.
If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should, of course), you’ll have seen these things come up a lot. They are built of solid white oak pieces that were glued up for use as the floor of railroad cars. For some reason of which I am unaware, they were rejected by the rail company, and ended up with a nice gentleman who sold them to me for a song. Proving, as you will immediately intuit, that miracles do exist and the world is a wonderful place.
The plans for the bed frames will be out very soon. Stay tuned for a little upgrade I’ll be adding to them one of these days. I will only hint that the headboards have been constructed to double as ladders….and that it has to do with why there is not more art on the walls.
It’s kind of the thing for bloggers to have matchy, magazine-worthy bedding. Believe me, I considered it. But at the end of the day I went with letting the kids choose what they like at our local Target. They love their choices, and that beats out a magazine-worthy look any day. (Shark bedding here, and pink pleated comforter here.)
Before we wrap up, let me take you back to the beginning of this where I said I didn’t like carpeting. Carpets are cesspools of nastiness. Sorry, lovers of carpet, but those things draw out the germophobe in me like nothing else.
As with the rest of the main level of our home, which we have been extensively renovating, we laid this gorgeous laminate flooring in driftwood from Select Surfaces. You can see how it looks in both the mudroom and the kitchen as well.
Look, to my mind (my gosh, I’m so opinionated!) there are three things that instantly change a room: Lighting, Paint, and Flooring. And none of those are really that hard to do. How great is that?!
I’m serious. They are all very doable. I laid that flooring myself in a couple days time, which is like one day if you don’t have kids.
If you are looking to really refresh the look of a room, start with those three. For me, personally, lighting is everything. My husband and I flip homes for a living, and when we walk through a property where we won’t be making many changes but those changes we do make need to count, lighting is my number one go-too. Not only does it create the mood and style of a room, it has such a strong impact on our emotional state.
There it is. Small but mighty, my kid’s gender-neutral, shared boy-girl bedroom. I don’t know how long they will share a room, but I like that they do. (For those who will ask, we have two bedrooms on our main floor, and two upstairs, which is kind of weird and awkward, but we roll with it.)
Thanks for following along on this opinion-filled tour of my kids’ room. A big thank you, as always, to the good people at Kichler, who make it possible for me to share these fun reveals with you. Go check out that mudroom and kitchen to see how their lighting has transformed our home dramatically. Though this post is sponsored, every one of those opinions are my own. (Especially the one about the cucumbers. And the dome lights.)
Thanks for reading, and happy building!