How Should I Decorate My Twin Room?
Is it best to double up for symmetry or contrast for individuality? A room with two beds has a lot of possibilities
Dressing two beds to match creates a calm, relaxing feel particularly suitable for smaller rooms.
Stay pale with the decorating and use white bedding as the base, so you can build up colour and pattern with throws and cushions. Don’t overdo the cushions, though – you don’t want to drive your guests to distraction as they’re left finding somewhere to stash them every night when they go to bed.
Use the same accent colours on window treatments and accessories to highlight the symmetry.
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Plain is nice for cool simplicity, but sometimes a room needs a bit of oomph. Creating a feature wall behind the beds can add instant appeal, and also help to unify the space.
This map mural is large-scale enough to have impact, but it doesn’t overwhelm the scheme thanks to its toning blue shades.
If you don’t fancy a map, go for a feature wallpaper instead. A favourite design may be affordable for a single wall in a small room in a way that it wouldn’t be elsewhere in the house.
There’s something about a guest room that takes particularly well to a hint of the maritime. The dark varnished floorboards and furniture here suggest cabins and life on the ocean wave thanks to the yacht perched on the windowsill.
Teamed with crisp white bed linen and whitewashed walls, the result is charmingly nostalgic. Dark wood isn’t for everyone, though, so why not try a Hamptons version in breezy blue and white for a lighter alternative? After all, a guest room is the perfect place to try something a bit different.
When a room is small or an awkward shape, you may have to go head to toe with the beds. This doesn’t have to look like a compromise, though.
Stay focused on the feel you want to achieve rather than on managing a room’s limitations and you’re more likely to create an inviting space.
The designers of this cosy room have set a side table and lamp in the corner at the ends of the beds, which have been dressed to match in pretty duck-egg blue, for a relaxing ambience.
This is a good solution if you don’t have space for two tables, as you can simply position the beds head-to-head so both occupants can share the same lighting and bedside storage.
Children’s twin rooms can be tricky because, unlike guest rooms, they need, if possible, to incorporate play as well as sleeping space.
The designer of this room has added a mini mezzanine for reading and instrument storage. It’s a brilliant solution for adding function without losing floor space. The cupboards under the mezzanine provide headboards, built-in storage, housing for lighting and cubbyholes that function as bedside cabinets.
Many of us don’t have the room height for a solution like this, but an excellent alternative is a couple of high sleeper beds, which raise the mattresses, freeing up the floor underneath for play space, a desk or sofa.
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There is a third way between mix- and-match and staunchly symmetrical. In this twin room, the look is almost but not quite matching and it creates a fun, less formal feel.
The beds have two cushions that match and two that don’t, and two throws of the same design but in different colours. The bedside lights match, but one is floorstanding and the other a desk lamp. Artworks above the beds offer geometric designs but in different shapes.
The key is to avoid two very distinct looks that will clash horribly and to instead take the same elements for each bed and tweak them.
Add a bit of wow by accentuating headboards and lighting. Here, tall upholstered panels define the sleeping space. A signature French-style mirrored chest of drawers provides glamour centre stage and is topped by a pair of large table lamps.
Introducing oversized pieces into a twin room in this way is a workable alternative to bringing in bold pattern or bright colour, which aren’t always conducive to smaller spaces.
Keeping furniture and bedding consistent in a twin room can allow children to bring in their own accessories and decorative pieces. This is a great halfway house between giving kids a chance to personalise their spaces and having a room that you can stand to look at.
Here, white painted beds are dressed with monogrammed linen and cushions and toys that are more individual. Ask each child to choose a colour they prefer and then accessorise accordingly from existing toys.
Bedside tables – whether a single shared one or two separate surfaces – have the advantage of combining tabletop space, a perch for lighting, and storage in one single piece of furniture. But if you have space for a chest of drawers elsewhere in the room, why not consider something a little different between the beds?
A mini step-ladder has been pressed into service here and provides open shelving that keeps the space looking light and bright. Reading lamps have been clipped into position on either side for a neat solution that requires neither tabletop space nor chasing out plaster.
Consider a housing unit that can provide lighting and built-in storage, but can also function as a bedside table and headboard.
In a compact room like this one, it can even be shared. This head-to-head arrangement is a practical solution that provides privacy while allowing for individuality, too.
In a long, narrow room with end-to-end beds, you could position a shared headboard between them. Customise to suit your own style, perhaps with open shelving rather than pigeonholes and padded headboards fitted at the base.
How have you decorated a twin room and what challenges did you need to overcome? Share your tips in the Comments section.