Decorating a teenage room can be a fun experience because it will give you an opportunity to work together designing a personal living space that reflects his/her personality. You can utilize your teen’s unique sense of style as an advantage point when gathering decorative tips, so your child will thank you for including him/her in the decision and design process.
Let your child know, as long as it’s within reason, that you support his or her self-expression. Having this kind of support will have even the most independent-minded child coming to you for advice or help.
Inspirations for a Teenage Bedroom
If you’re on a budget don’t let that bother you! There’s a variety of products available ranging from low to high. Check out local Thrift and Consignment shops in addition to your other local stores. There’s sure to be items both you and your teen can find within budget, so you don’t need to go overboard shopping for high-end designs.
Work Together with Your Teen
Remember, most teens even though brand conscious, love fun and funky designs. Make a game out of your decorating experience with your teen. Pretend you are an interior decorator and your child is the client. Present your suggestions and then let your teen present his/hers. Once you two have presented and discussed your suggestions combine some of them together.
Test Your Designs
Hopefully you are able to agree on the major decorations such as the bed, window treatments, paint colors, dresser and desk. If you do, take those ideas and tape fabric samples, paint swatches and even photos of different window treatments, accessories, etc., on a large poster board. This will give you and your child an opportunity to see up close what works and what doesn’t.
If this seems too confusing for your teen, just remember they usually want a very dramatic look or one that closely resembles a studio apartment. Once you’ve done these things, let your teen have a little extra fun choosing their own accessories like throw pillows, wall art, lamps, and throw rugs.
Your Older Teen Preferences
If you have an older teen, think about how you will use the room once he or she leaves home. If you’re thinking about turning it into a home office, perhaps you want to purchase a daybed. Or if you’re going to turn it into a guest room, you may want to go ahead and purchase a full- or queen-size bed with all the bedding to go with it. Either way you have lots of ideas to choose from and you’ll have so much fun decorating with your teen.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.
Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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