Aden and Isabel's Colorful Shared Space

Aden and Isabel's Colorful Shared Space

Lauren Hufnagl
Feb 11, 2013

Names: Aden (4) & Isabel (2)
Location: San Francisco, California
Room Size: 10' x 12'

Creating a shared space that works equally well for a brother and sister can be challenging, but this gorgeous kids' bedroom by Emily Mughannam strikes the perfect balance. A mix of bold patterns and bright colors paired with a neutral backdrop and simple decor helps to keep the room feeling vibrant and fun without being too overstimulating for sleeping little ones. Read on to find out more about how Emily created this lovely shared space.

How would you describe the look and feel of this room? I find the space to be a bit eclectic. I mixed vintage furniture with modern pieces, creating a comfortable and eclectic mix. Modern colors update the traditional elements of the space — it's fun and livable, a space children and parents enjoy retreating into. The bold stripes help the space to feel larger coupled with the bold navy blue trim. There are bright pops of color throughout, making the room happy and cheerful.
It's neither too masculine for the son nor too feminine for the daughter.

What is your favorite piece or element? I really love the stripe wall — it made the space!

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room? Creating a comfortable space for two young children who had different sleeping needs. I didn't have a crib and a bed that were matchy matchy. I ended up liking that they each had their own independent looks that reflected their style.

What do others say about the room? They think it's so fun! The room is the cleanest and most 'done' room in our home. It feels very comfortable and lively.

Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Create a space that reflects their personality without being too cutesy. I find spaces speak for themselves when they are more simple. I don't like too much going on and don't like too much clutter in a space. I think the mind needs a place to rest and relax without too much visual clutter. Children sleep and play here, they don't need chaos to stimulate their minds — they need a place to be open and imaginative.

If money were no object, what's your dream source? I have always loved Oeuf furniture — it's timeless, modern and solid. I love that there is the eco-friendly aspect too!

Source List:

  • Stripe wall: Benjamin Moore OC-320 Cotton & OC-10 White Sand

  • Navy Trim: Old Navy 2063

Thanks, Emily! See more of Emily's work at her website, EM Design Interiors, LLC.

(Images: Heylnn Ospina)


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