Small, Shared Kids' Room Storage and Decorating

An 8-by-10-foot shared Brooklyn bedroom for twins?! Yes, it can be done with creative use of vertical storage space and multi-purposing tricks.

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Toddler Bunk Bed If you're working with a small, shared kids' room, don't forget to utilize the vertical space.

As many young parents choose homes in the city over those in the suburbs, they cut out the problem of lengthy commutes only to encounter a new problem: lack of space. Space-saving solutions and decorating ideas with mass appeal are a must in the city, all the more so in making a small bedroom comfortable for more than one child. With the proper space plan, creative use of vertical space and multi-purposing tricks, even children’s rooms with limited square footage can be as fun as they are functional.

Take, for example, the 8-by-10-foot Brooklyn, NY bedroom of boy and girl twins, Evander and Frankie Khan. By working with a designer, the twins' space has changed from cramped, colorless and cluttered to one that is equal parts energetic and efficient. This transformation was essential to keep up with the four-year-old twins. Packed with an overabundance of positive energy, the happy-go-lucky duo spends every minute of the day together  whether out and about with mom and dad, parked in front of the living room TV to watch cartoons, or sprawled out in their room, which serves as much for play as it does for slumber.

First up is the room's gender-neutral color scheme. While a hot pink bedroom would have been ideal for Frankie, it would have been too feminine to suit Evander. And while painting it navy blue many have been at the top of Evander's wish list, the room may have instantly turned into a masculine space unbefitting of sister, Frankie. The bedroom's unexpected combination of charcoal, red-orange and white is an excellent solution that is as equal a fit for a boy as it is for a girl.

When choosing paint colors for small spaces, some rule out dark tones, as they are often associated with making spatially challenged rooms appear smaller. Many designers will argue that this is not at all the case, and, in fact, the use of dark colors in small spaces actually makes walls and ceilings recede, turning the focus instead onto the room’s contents. Both the walls and ceiling of Evander and Frankie's room are painted in a Valspar color called "Gray Lava," a charcoal hue with blue undertones. By creating a dark, gender-neutral backdrop, the design allows a wide range of accent colors to pack high-energy punch.

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