So, your teenager wants a room makeover? Ah...the compromises! A teen’s room can be challenging (pop stars to Goth motif and everything in-between) especially if you have a teen like mine, who wants a color choice that will give you nightmares. The wrong choices can clash with the rest of your home – leaving an undesirable feeling of chaos.
Expression of personality is healthy and a creative way for your teen to experience who they really are – finding their individuality. Here is where most parents lose it! Finding it difficult and frustrating with some of their choices and style ideas? But remember, this can be an exciting time to spend with your teen and what a great way to start off the school year – fresh, organized, and fun. The first secret is allowing them to create their space but with some boundaries. Then everyone is happy.
An accent wall is a great compromise to painting the entire room her favorite color.
Be creative! This cool teen used wall appliqued art (originally hand painted) in place of a painted accent wall.
It screams personality! The ultimate decor for an up-and-coming fashion designer. The vivid bold colors your teen loves are striking when used in the accent pieces (and in this case wall art) instead of a cheeky wall color. The combination of lime green, coal black and chic blue gives a stylish modern appeal to this fashion conscious teen’s room. For a glam look that also radiates energy, she added a fabulous designer’s black/white houndstooth rug to her bedroom floor.
The second secret to helping your teen with his/her bedroom décor is to make them think it’s all their idea about choices.
Most teens want bold vivid colors – all over their room. Suggest starting off with a neutral or lighter wall color instead of using those vivid bright colors on the walls. Incorporating those “must-have” bold colors into the accessories, wall art, and furnishings will effectively express her individuality, giving the room her own personalized glam vibe.
A dream decor for the simply posh young lady who adores an à la mode French-inspired room, sophisticatedly designed with chic fleur-de lis wall print, bedding and French bedside lighting. The elegant silver headboard, drawers and walls are a complementary shade, bringing drama and an elegant feminine feel to her bedroom.
But if she insists on bold walls – don’t panic – there are solutions that will look stunning.
I love this 60ish style teenage girl’s room – bright, bold and graphic. The theatrical color contrast and black border is what makes this room look fabulous, dramatic and oh, so modern. Keeping the room uncluttered allows the stylish details to emerge, making its own statement. While the mixing of textures, graphic wallpaper, and a super mod bubble chair sets the mood for the hippest and edgiest room any teenage girl would ever want.
It’s sometimes hard to realize your little girl has grown into a young woman.
Now, teen boys are totally another story. They differ in décor choices but still enjoy the hip, trendy and up-to-the-minute fads every teen craves. Many teens prefer a modern room that expresses their interest, whether it’s sports, gaming or serious minded studying.
A teen’s bedroom is a place for them to escape and to spend time with their friends. But it also needs to be practical and functional. Most teenagers do their homework, projects, studying etc. in their rooms. When designing/making over your teen’s room, incorporate these essential pieces: bookcases/shelving, designated work spaces and storage.
How awesome is the Braille wall & ceiling artwork!
A fun and interactive bedroom featuring a ball chair that feels like you’re in Dr. Who’s time machine.
Let’s not forget the curious teens that are fascinated by reading, science and learning. Which is pretty awesome! Help them design a room that engages all their sense and taps into their imagination. No idea where to start? Choosing a theme for a room is an excellent way to inspire and get those creative juices going. For instance, an “out of this world” theme allows your teen to probe and expand their interest in the universe, solar system and astronomical sciences. How awesome!
Forget their bedrooms! Your teen would love this edgy rec room – they’ll never leave.
A great place to hang out with friends, play video games, express themselves on the blackboard wall, and of course, a bar table seating area so they never have to leave. This is not a bad thing. You might not see your kids until they get ready to graduate.
I love the modern easy-care look. Comfy dark pit sofas, the white media center and table combo are striking as it plays against the fuchsia accent wall. All that is missing is a pool table and that is easy to remedy.
Teens are interesting life forms, so listen carefully, respect their
ideas and love them. Remember that age old rule can also apply to decorating with a teen - choose your battles carefully - some are not worth fighting.