Creating a Gender Neutral Kid’s Bedroom

A few years ago, we decided to let Grey and Ada share a room. Grey would wake in the middle of the night in his crib and cry pointing at her room and Ada would wake multiple times a night and come down to our room. The result? NO ONE was getting ANY sleep! I had a thought about putting Grey into her room and what do you know? No one woke up, no one cried and we all woke up the next morning fully rested and all smiles! From then on, thee two best friends have shared a room.

Sharing a room has been quite an adventure. Navigating decor for a little boy who loves trucks and dirt and a little girl who love glitter and princesses was a definite challenge. For a while, I had settled on all white bedding. You guys, what a beautiful idea that was in theory- ha! They were 3 & 6 and we live on a farm, all white is just not practical unless you adore washing bedding once a week. So my search continued.

Over the winder last year, we fell in LOVE with the Harry Potter collection from Pottery Barn Kids. The textures, the gorgeous and tasteful colors and the pure whimsy stole my heart! Exactly my style and a dreamy place to fall asleep! For summer though, the velvet textures and the subtle hints of metallic gold just weren’t what I had in mind. So yet again, my search continued.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I typically shy away from color. Bright colors and patterns are not typically something I gravitate towards, so when I saw the new-at-the-time west elm x pbk Woodland Colorful Duvet, I was surprised that it became the main idea that I would soon be designing an entire room around!

I began browsing the whole collection and shortly had a whole room put together in photoshop, one side for Ada and one for Grey. The bedding is the same but the decorative pillows and their stuffed animals allow a little of each of their personalities to shine through! The finishing touch and the highlight to them, is their names above each of their beds in their own favorite color!

 My favorite thing about the design aspect of their room is the mix of texture and patterns. Like I mentioned earlier, I usually am not a pattern person, but the diamond design in the PBTeen rug, the woven texture of the organic throw blankets  with the sweet little dots on the organic quilts just complimented the Woodland print duvet and the striped sheets so well!

I feel like I really managed to make the space bright and colorful while still keeping everything very simple. The color, to me, is something that I imagine sparks their imaginations and their sense of adventure, the prints keep things playful and age appropriate to where they both are right now and the acrylic name signs  and decorative pillows make each of their beds unique to them!

I’m so so pleased with how their room has come along! Soon, we plan to add Wes up in their room and I can’t wait to take on the challenge of designing a space for all three of them! Three little beds, side by side, all unique to them!

If you’ve been wanting to take on the challenge of designing a gender neutral shared bedroom, don’t be intimidated! Sometimes taking a bit of what seems designed for one gender can totally work and balance out by incorporating other pieces! Good luck- share what you come up with and show me on Instagram!



*Product for this post was provided by Pottery Barn Kids for my use in design in exchange for my honest opinions- I’ve been a loyal PBK customer since before miss Ada was born and the quality is always so consistent!

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