Teen years are the time for teens to stretch their independence to the brink, sometimes taking you with it. Creating the perfect room for a teen can be frustrating, particularly with rapidly changing tastes and fads. You can’t go wrong by creating a basic floor plan that easily changes looks with addition of a few well-chosen accessories to reflect each new phase.
Your teen will most likely have definite ideas on how they want their bedroom to look. Your job is to incorporate those ideas, provide a work area, sleep area, dressing area and space for friends to gather. Wall colour may be inexpensive to change, but it is a much bigger job than changing the pictures or the window treatment, so try to compromise. If the colour your teen wants is dramatic, bold and difficult to cover when it’s time to change, consider using one wall or cubbyhole area for that colour and more neutral tones for the rest of the walls.
If you’re purchasing new furniture to go with the new look, go with the best quality you can afford and the simplest design. This may turn out to be the first furniture they have in their own home or become the furniture you use for a guest bedroom after the teen leaves home. If the budget is small, look for quality used furniture that you can easily recondition or paint to bring it back to life. Consider some versatile ideas for beds such as a day bed or beds with built in storage. Choosing bedding with a more adult theme or colour will also help. Make certain it’s a joint decision at every step. Compromise is difficult, but if you listen carefully to your teens ideas, you’ll probably find some common ground.
Wall stickers, decals and area rugs can tie in the colour scheme. You can use wooden blinds or shutters on the window and a valence or simple draped material for easy to change window treatment. If you’re going for a soft, frilly look, consider a window scarf. You might want to steer your teen toward some quirky and fun curtain poles. If your guy loves the great outdoors and sports, use ski poles, a boat oar or hockey stick for a fun look. For a mystical enchanted forest look, use a natural or sprayed tree branch as the rod for lightly floating sheers or draped curtains uk.
You’ll find that changing the look is easy if you keep the basics simple. You can get creative by adding fun accents and inexpensive fun furniture to the mix, such as a beanbag chair grouping or stacks of pillows for lounging with friends.