Friday, May 31, 2013

Finding a Rug for a Boy and a Girl

Sharing a room with a sibling can present its challenges when merging different ideas, styles, personalities and interests in a shared space.

All kiddos have distinct personalities and defined interests, and yours are no exception. Choosing a rug for a kids room can be challenging enough without combining the interests of siblings. When the siblings are sister and brother  decorating and present a whole new set of challenges. Here are a few tips for finding some neutral ground and uniquely decorating a room for both a boy and a girl.

1. Choosing Colors - Choose a color that will not only work well as a backdrop, but can be easily transitioned between the boy's favorite colors and a girl's favorite color. Hues of blues, greens, yellows and even organes can be integrated into a variety of room themes.

Momeni Lil Mo Hipster Collection
2. Rug Divided - Use rugs to divide the space between soccer and ballet, legos and baby dolls. When a room lacks a real defined separation, nothing says this space is MINE more than demarcating the floor with a rug. Rugs can be used to break apart and define spaces while adding coziness and personal decorative style all at the same time.

 3. The Same but Different - While parts of the room will be shared space, each part of the room will display disctint aspects of a personality. In the bedroom above, the same pattered comforter is used on each bed, just in different colors. The colors palettes work well together and with the selected aqua paint color.

Choose a similar pattern or style, for example, but choose different colors.

Surya Playground Collection in Pink and White and Orange and White

4. Personality vs Themes - What shines through in a kids room? Is it their love of video games or is it their jovial personality? Try choosing rugs that fit a personality or interests, rather than a specific theme. While decorating in a theme can be fun, it is likely that both siblings will not agree on a theme and the project can go way over budgeted time and money.

5. Grow with the Siblings - Choose a color, motif or design that will grow with each child. While trains and flowers may work perfectly for toddlers and young children, their interests are likely to change more quickly that you are willing to continuously redecorate. Try searching for rugs that are simply designed, with flexible color palettes that appeal to a broad range of ages. This can be particularly important when there is a large age gap between the siblings.

Go from Sailboats
to Yacht Flags

From Flowers

To Damask

6. When in Doubt Go Neutral - If an agreement can't be reached, or if the room isn't large enough for two rugs, settle on picking neutral designs and colors that could be appropriate for both girls and boys. Arguments cease and the room still has a distinct style and color palette.

Perhaps both kiddos are artists or future Cousteaus...

Momeni Lil Mo Whimsy Collection

Momeni Lil Mo Hipster Collection
...or maybe they are just too cool for school.

Lil Mo Hipster Collection

7. Not Just for Siblings - Don't think these rules apply just to siblings, it can apply to any shared space. For couples it could mean dividing the bedroom or even adding parts of their personalities to other rooms in the house. Using rugs and other accessories to isolate special spaces, show contrasting personalities and styles is a way to integrate the space for both of you, rather than all of the decor being one sided. Find more tips for decorating as a couple.

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