Color-coding is the easiest way to give each child her own space, and it makes organizing and cleanup easier, too. First, create separate areas with color blocking. Use painter's tape to outline a shape, then fill it in with paint. To outfit the space, provide a mix of storage bins and buckets in each child's designated color. They'll corral toys and give each sibling special places to stow treasured items.
Valspar+ Allergy & Asthma-Friendly, $40 a gallon; valsparpaint.com
Olympic One Low-VOC Paint, $24.97 a gallon; olympic.com
I Could've Bin an Art Caddy, $21.95
I Could've Bin a Cube Bin, $29, landofnod.com
For a pulled-together look, outfit the beds with plain matching covers, then customize each with fun pillows and patterned sheets like those shown here (Dot to Dot Percale Bedding, from $25; garnethill.com). To add a homemade touch, whip up some monogram cushions. Start with a plain pillow cover (ours is a 19-inch square). With fabric glue, adhere a felt circle and letter (our circle measures about 10 inches in diameter, and our letter is 7 inches tall).
Even the closest family members want a little privacy sometimes. Suspended across a room with simple-to-install curtain hardware, a fabric panel give roommates a degree of separation.
Dignitet curtain hanging wire, $12.99, ikea.com
Originally published in the December/January 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine