I was so excited when I got this reader email in my in-box. This is such a great challenge, and has lots of room for creativity! Maybe we should devote a week to making projects inspired by this question.
- Is there a theme you can agree on with your brother? Examples: pirates or surfing, a specific color, or nature
- Is there a version of your favorite color (or his) that will work for you both?
- Use a gender-neutral base color (like gray or tan) and accessorize with colors that work with those but can play more girly on your side of the room, and more boyish on his side of the room.
- If your parents will let you paint the room, paint is pretty inexpensive – starting at about $12 a gallon
- You can also use that inexpensive room paint to repaint furniture (again, if your parents let you!)
- Numbers and letters are cool design elements, and very gender neutral. You can get papier-mache letters at craft stores for pretty cheap (about $5 for a really big one, less for smaller ones) and decorate them however you want. Your brother might even enjoy decorating his own letter along with you for some brother-sister bonding time.
[inspiration room: green with blue, yellow, green decor from PBTeen]
Some simple, inexpensive projects for decorating your side of the room would be:
- No-Sew Bandanna Pillow Covers: buy bandannas in colors you like and tie two of them together at the corners over a throw pillow – quick and easy (and easy to change whenever you want). Or here are instructions for a no-sew pillow roll.
- Scrapbook Paper Mosaic Wall Decor: get scrapbook paper, tape it on the wall
- Take-out Box Lamp: you need a string of twinkle lights and three plastic takeout boxes
I just know you readers will have lots of good ideas! Feel free to add your ideas and links to projects and inspiration in the comments!