ds and dd sharing box room. how do i decorate i? help

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220hawthorn Tue 23-Feb-16 14:09:29

Ds aged 3 and dd aged 2 share the box room in toddler beds. Want to decrate and make it a nice space but have many ideas I can't get my head around it. Currently magnolia and south facing but feels very gloomy and more akin to a cell. Size doesn't help but I cant change that. Its a rental so ideas of putting up lots of shelves or pictures are out as I have been told clearly i must not. Pita it is. Should i do one side pink white blue accessoriea and the other side blue with pink accessories or all white and keep to the rainbow colours in the bedding and curtains
Toying with the skandi yellow and grey with Chev Ron's style but worried its too grown up and totally impersonal to them. Help! Ideas pics suggestions. Tried etsy pintrest and houzz but nothing on the small scale i want. Money also tight. Thanks

Sarah715 Tue 23-Feb-16 14:11:51

Are you sure you can actually paint the walls anything other than 'neutral' colours?

Many rentals specify that - and yours sounds strict.

Sarah715 Tue 23-Feb-16 14:12:28

btw I think it looks fine like it is smile

Imnotacelebgetmeouttahere Tue 23-Feb-16 14:12:50

DD has a teeny smaller than box room and I've left it mainly white so it seems bright and added colour with curtains, a sparkly lampshade and some bunting! I used command hooks as they are clear and come off easily leaving no marks

lucy101101 Tue 23-Feb-16 14:15:54

Hi there I have DD and DS together in a room, I actually have very pale grey walls, slightly darker grey curtains (it does actually look rather nice!) and then they have colourful spotted duvets and stripy cotton rugs (which have been brilliant at protecting the carpet underneath when they have been sick!) and lots of pictures. Have you seen the 3M picture hanging strips? They don't mark the walls and just peel off. I would say there really isn't any need to do much apart from put up pictures. The beds look good!

ClariceBeanthatsme Tue 23-Feb-16 14:16:39

Re putting up pictures you could use command decorating clips they won't leave any marks on the walls. Some bunting across the window wall maybe?
Personally I'd stick to just bright primary colours rather than blue and pink. Maybe a circus or zoo theme??

notagiraffe Tue 23-Feb-16 14:19:46

As it's a rental and quite strict, I'd be inclined to freshen up the paint with a warm cream or biscuity colour and decorate with accessories you can take with you. Buy them a string of fairy lights each - you can get them in everything from pink feathers to footballs, depending on what they love. A framed poster of one of their favourite film or TV characters each, a snuggly cushion for each bed. You can get great children's lampshades (animals or abstract mobiles) on Ebay for very little. If money is tight, I recommend Primark for most of this stuff. The quality is amazing for the price. Sainsbury and Tesco homeware are also good value.

Artandco Tue 23-Feb-16 14:21:01

I would keep the bright colours tbh for now as you already have the duvets.

Maybe take large curtains down and put a nice light lime green blind up. Remover to have the cords fitted behind safety plastic.

Then add bunting and some posters

A small basket between beds at head end for some books.

Kinds of like a tropical jungle

frazzled74 Tue 23-Feb-16 14:24:23

Seaside theme? A colourful bucket for each child with bedtime book cuddly toy hung from bed, bunting, bedding already looks deckchair like. A nice themed lampshade ?

220hawthorn Tue 23-Feb-16 14:38:54

I have seen the hanging strips in b and q just wasnt sure if they were much kop. They do have teddies on the bed now. This is a pic from a few weeks ago. I did think of wodden letters with a colour picked out of the bedding with their name on each wall to personalise "Their" side. I am allowed to paint in fact the all states it is my responsibility to decorate whilst here confused

220hawthorn Tue 23-Feb-16 14:40:13

What is the best way to attach bunting to walls. I actually have a carrier bag with 20m of the stuff

Yesvember Tue 23-Feb-16 14:43:50

You could also get them each a coloured mosquitto net type thing, which would give a camping vibe and also make each bed feel slightly more private.

Imnotacelebgetmeouttahere Tue 23-Feb-16 14:48:05

Command strips are very strong and the clear tiny ones are unobtrusive

HaveYouSeenHerLately Tue 23-Feb-16 15:01:10

Could you try some different curtains? Navy or blue to match the stripe in their beds? I'm biased as I love blue hmm

Could you stick decals on the wall? I didn't think I was a fan but my friend has them on her little girl's (neutral) room and they look great. Some sort of animal theme!

220hawthorn Tue 23-Feb-16 15:43:12

Thought of decals . think u have to wait a certain amount of time before adhering them after painting

Misty9 Tue 23-Feb-16 22:29:52

We used repositionable wall stickers in rented. I recommend becky and lolo website and I've used it a few times. Re letters for their sides, dd did something at messy play session and it looks great (she was around 18 months at the time) - just draw out a chunky letter and add glue and get child to tip glitter over it. She did hers and ds initials and we've framed in white cheap frame and looks great. If you've got room you could also get a cheap four squares shelf unit and they can have two colourful storage boxes each? You can get some funky canvas ones.

220hawthorn Tue 23-Feb-16 22:40:05

Some great ideas. Thanks everyone. Now to make new thread about my room . argh x

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