With a simple change of bedding and accessories and new, vibrant colours, you can easily transform your teenager’s room without changing the furniture. Even better, you will not have to find all the ideas yourself because teens generally have very specific tastes. They know what they do and do not like. Keep an open mind and do not be surprised if you are asked for a tangerine or purple room – bright colours are often well liked by teenagers.
- Start by choosing a theme and build the decor around that theme. Does your teen like sports? Choosing new hues will be easy, as you will only have to match the colours of their favourite team.
- Putting stuff away is a teen’s weak spot, so the next step consists in evaluating storage needs. Make the task easy by installing several shelves on the walls, in an armoire or in the room’s closet. Then, add containers or baskets.
- A laundry bag on a hook or a simple laundry basket on the floor has a bigger chance to be filled than a hamper with a cover your teenager has to open.
- Hang magnetic or cork boards for photos, notes, the school calendar, etc.
- A desk or worktable, pencil holders, and various containers for erasers, elastics and paperclips are also necessary.
- Wall decals attractively dress up a wall, while being removable.
- To keep teenagers from plastering the entire room with oversized images of their idols, frame them or designate a specific wall for hanging posters.
- Plan for different types of lighting: to illuminate the whole room, for working and for setting a mood.
- If your teenager invites friends over, make sure that the room contains casual seating or poofs for guests.
- If your teenager is unable to decide upon a theme, then begin by purchasing new bedding. Make it your starting point for establishing a colour palette for walls and accessories.
Do not worry if you are not a talented designer. Your teen will be the best guide when comes time to redecorate. By working together creatively, you can design a teen sanctuary that even you may end up enjoying!Guest post by Jo Ann Rose
Design and home furnishings copywriter and translator