House of Turquoise shared bedroom numbered

I discovered this adorable bedroom featured at House of Turquoise, in a home designed by Nancy Twomey and Jamie Salomon.  The thing about this room that really intrigued me is that it is a shared room.  You’ll have to click over to the feature at House of Turquoise to see shots from other angles of the room, to notice that this bedroom is has both a twin bed and a crib in it.  That’s a bedroom arrangement that you don’t always see designers working with, so it was fun to see how they designed the room to accommodate two personalities.

House of Turquoise shared bedroom

I like that this room manages to look child friendly without being cartoonish.  It has pops of bright color, but the furnishings remain fairly neutral so that decor can be easily changed as the kids grow.  The colors in this room are a really pleasing mix, but they aren’t used in a gender-specific way, which is great if the occupants are a brother and sister.  Smart design choices give this room flexibility and staying power.

House of Turquoise shared bedroom numbered

I’ve focused just on one side of the room for today’s 5 Ways to Get This Look.  I found some great tutorials and ideas from other bloggers that can help you create a similar room without the designer price tag.

Shared Bedroom collage

 1.  Map Art

Beneath My Heart bottle cap state art

You know I’m a sucker for some map art!  Love the framed poster in the inspiration photo, but this bottle cap map from Beneath My Heart is s fun option, too.  Visit my State Pride Linky Party for even more ways to decorate with maps.

2.  Blue Walls

Bee In My Bonnet behr balmy sea

Isn’t this the perfect shade of pale blue/aqua on the walls of this room?  Bee In My Bonnet used Behr’s “Balmy Seas”, which looks like a close match.

3.  Red Ceramic Lamp

Things to Remember red lamp diy

The lamps in my inspiration photo provide a fun pop of red for this room.  Lamps can be pricey, but you can paint thrifted lamps the color of your choice.  See a tutorial at Things to Remember.

4.  Painted Laminate Dresser

Delightfully Noted painting laminate dresser


I honestly have no idea if the dresser in my inspiration photo is laminate, but I do know that a lot of us have laminate furniture that we could get a few more years of use out of if we actually liked the way it looked.  Delightfully Noted shares tips for improving the appearance of laminate with paint.

5.  Upholstered Headboards

Emily A Clark upholstered headboard

Upholstered headboards are a great choice for kids’ beds, since they are soft, easy to DIY, and the fabric can be switched out as tastes change.  Emily A. Clark shares a tutorial for a simple headboard similar to the one in my inspiration photo.

There are so many other great ideas in this bedroom, just click over to House of Turquoise to see more views.  Sharing rooms doesn’t have to limit your design options, that’s for sure.  I’m curious, what tips do those of you who have decorated a room for two have for the rest of us?



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  1. I am going to try the painting laminate furniture. Finally will be getting my own craft room and I have ugly laminate bookcases to shabby chic. Very pretty room.

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