‘How do we pull off a shared room – without it looking a mess?’

 Your children might gripe at having to share but, decoratively, shared bedrooms cut a dash. Contrasting colours, assymetrical accents are relished by designers, bringing even small rooms to life. ‘The challenge is to create a shared room where each child feels they have their own space,’ says interior designer Niloufar Bakhtiar of NBB Trading. ‘I’ll often use a screen – Jali make good ones – between beds and paint the walls in blackboard paint so that children can express themselves!’

 

Or aim to position the beds along each wall and use a chest of drawers between as a bedside table.

 

For shared desks, Niloufar recommends painting a long piece of wood (try railway sleepers at salvo. co.uk) with oor paint for durability and xing it to the wall to create a oating surface. Tuck matching chairs underneath (try Molly Meg) or turn a storage bench (Loaf’s Whatsit bench works well) into seating by adding a long cushion.

 

If you opt for bunks, London brand, Io Kids’ futuristic ply design includes concealed shelves. For twins, low-slung beds by Scandi brand Flexa at Cuckooland come in lovely colours.

 

For not-quite matching bedding, Love Frankie’s junk-food duvets hit a 1970’s note; there’s a more artisanal look at newcomer Dilli Grey, where pom-pom-fringed cushions are hand-blocked in India.

Shop accessories at Mini Maison, where owner Joanna Riding has corralled her pick of ‘accessible, modern décor’: star night lights, cloud rugs and decorative paper storage bags adorned with amingoes or pineapples. Let your children take their pick.