Just as adult decorating decisions are often triggered by a life change, such as a new baby or a major social event like an at-home wedding, your child may want to celebrate a personal milestone with a new bedroom. Right before starting middle school is a popular time to give the bedroom a new personality, but the desire may hit any time between about age nine to sometime in high school. Do your homework and you'll be ready for this adventure whenever it arrives. The pages in this article provide a number of different decorating ideas for your teen's bedroom.
With all of today's product choices available in a variety of price ranges, redecorating a room can be a fun project you and your teen or preteen can share. Let your child know you support (within reason) his or her wish for self-expression through room decor and even an independent-minded child will turn to you for help and advice as well as funds.
On the ticklish subject of funds, you may already know that, while kids this age are painfully brand conscious, most have no desire for the high-end looks adults crave. Fun, funky, and free-spirited designs hold more appeal, and even kids who appreciate the finer things are likely to want a more unrestrained version of a traditional look.
If you and your child can come to some agreement about such major items as a desk, a bed, and window treatments, buy the best "real" furnishings your budget allows. Then, fill in with fun, low-cost novelties like beanbag chairs in jellybean colors, funky lamps, and dramatically colored bedding you won't mind replacing when a new look comes along in a few years.
Painted walls are a practical choice at this stage of the game. Paint has a fresh contemporary feeling, and, better yet, it's the least expensive, fastest way to make a big change in a room. You'll want to tell your child that paint looks a lot darker and more vivid on four walls than in a tiny paint chip and that professional designers usually advocate choosing a color two or three steps lighter than the color you like best on the paint chip. That said, buy the smallest container you can of several colors in the running, and have your child paint an area about three feet square on one wall with each of the colors. Let your child choose the hue that looks best. (One big exception to starting with the paint color is if your child has already picked out a fabric. Then, you'll probably want to suggest paint to coordinate with the lightest color in the fabric.)
Youngsters are trying on nothing less than their own self definitions when they embark on a room redecoration, so be patient. You can be a big help in minimizing impulsive decisions your child may regret without making your intervention into a power struggle. Try playing interior decorator with your child as the client: When a few choices have been identified, tape fabric and paint swatches and photos of selected window treatments, accessories, etc., on a large piece of white poster board. Your child will be able to see at a glance what works and what doesn't. If you find it too confusing to pull all their likes together in a visually coherent way, keep in mind that, in general, preteens and teens want either a very dramatic room or one that looks as much like a studio apartment as possible.
If you have any extra money or ingenuity to spend on this project, use it to create as much storage as possible. Include both open/display and hidden, and, above all, make storage easily accessible if you want them to use it. This is one area in which little kids and big ones are pretty similar!
If your teen is older, you may want to consider how you'll use the room once he or she is independent. If the room will become a home office, a daybed may be the best choice. If it will become a full-time guest room, you can go with a full- or queen-size bed with all the trimmings. Either way, each page in this article offers unique decorating ideas for a teen bedroom that will always say "welcome home." You can find these pages here:
- Color Me Confident Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea Strong, passionate colors help to make your teen's space bold and youthful. Learn how your teen can express him- or herself through a favorite color.
- Playful Color Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea It's important to choose colors that you and your teen can play around. Get decorating ideas that make your teen's bedroom pop with color.
- Easy Chic Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea Decorating your teen's room doesn't have to be difficult. Learn easy and inexpensive ideas to keep your teen's bedroom looking chic.
- Naturally Smart Teen Bedrrom Decorating Idea A smart decorating idea involves smart spacesaving systems. Find out how to keep your teen's room modern and functional.
- Soft Impressions Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea Traditional versus modern is no longer a problem between parents and teens. Get decorating ideas that compromise.
- Sports Authorities Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea Teen hobbies and passions offer endless decorating ideas. Learn how to incorporate a favorite sports team into your teen's space.
- Definitely Hot Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea Hot colors can really make a room bounce. Learn decorating ideas that match funky colors with classic neutrals.
- Space-Age Sleek Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea Sometimes a contemporary look is just what your teen wants. Give your teen's space a sleek, modern edge.
- Blue Reigns Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea Blue isn't just for baby boys. Learn how this cool color can make your teen's bedroom come alive.
- Rustic Retreats Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea A teen's bedroom is a space to get away from it all. Transform your teen's space into an everyday weekend getaway.
- Fresh and Frolicsome Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea Fresh spring colors always brighten up a room. Find color and light schemes that cheer up your teen's space.
- Cool and Clear Teen Bedroom Decorating Idea A timeless decorating idea is the pairing of blue and white in your teen's room. Create a cool and clear look that never goes out of style.
The next page will show you how color can make your teen's bedroom brim with confidence.