Your kids are bound to grow up sometime, and their room should reflect their budding personalities and unique tastes.
Pastel-colored walls, Disney princess posters, and fire truck decals can only last so long in your kids’ bedrooms. Sure, the decorations from their toddler years might still be acceptable up to 12 years old, but once they hit their teen years, their preferences will take a drastic turn. What used to interest them will most likely be boring now, and that also goes for their bedroom, where they probably spend most of their time at home.
Once you start hearing them describe their bedroom as “geeky,” you can begin helping them create the bedroom/hideaway that matches their mood as they grow up with these tips.
Get the Teen in Question Involved
You may have been the head decorator when your kid was born, and even as they moved into their preschool and grade school years, but you will find that when the big 1-3 rolls around, you have to surrender the reins to your newly minted teen. Right now, you cannot confidently say that you know your teenager’s personal taste, so making decorating decisions by yourself would be a big mistake. Everything that influences their personal and school life—music, movies, books, sports, etc.—will play a part in putting together their more mature room, so avoid making a change until you have them on the same boat.
Also, if there is one thing teenagers today are well-known for, it is their ability to use the Internet to scour for things they need, from research material for a term paper to the restaurant with the best matcha-inspired dessert. Why not employ their skills at finding great furnishing deals online? Not only will you be able to save money by finding bargains, but they most likely know exactly where to find that paisley bedspread they have been going crazy about lately. And if you plan on doing the remodel by yourselves, YouTube how-to videos are just a click away.
Added bonus: This activity might be one of the last few bonding moments you will have with your teen as they increasingly get more schoolwork or choose to hang out with their friends, so make it count.
Play with Color
One of the most widely held beliefs in interior design is how much impact a new paint job makes in a home’s transformation. One of the best things about using paint is, even if your teen wants to change the color of their bedroom every couple of years (or as they transition from their quirky hipster stage to their sullen goth phase), it will not be as fussy as wallpaper, which can be expensive to purchase and apply. But while painting walls is the fastest ways to begin the switch, it is also this reason that you need to be careful when choosing the right shade.
When your teen says “I just want a blue bedroom,” it is not a bad idea to ask for specifics. There are more than a few shades of blue, green, pink, or any color, and you can nail the one you want by checking out paint samples at your local hardware store. If the shade your teen wants is not among the selections, the attendants can even customize a color for you. But do not go and buy an entire gallon of it just yet; you want to get a small sample and test a portion of it on the wall first. See how the sun hits it, what it looks like at night, and if it goes with the furniture your teen has decided to keep.
Once you have settled on a shade your teen wants, decide whether you want to paint all four walls or just one, a.k.a. an accent wall. An accent or feature wall is designed to break up the pattern in a flatly designed room, and can be done by either applying a different texture or painting it a different color. Remember that if you go for a feature wall, the color should still match the general motif or theme of the room.
If you decide to go for a more muted color like white or eggshell, you can spruce the room up a bit when you start choosing accessories in interesting shapes and colors.
Choose the Right Furniture
Teenagers—boys in particular—grow at an alarmingly fast rate, so it is only a matter of time before they outgrow the bed they have been sleeping in since they were kids. Getting enough sleep is essential, so if their feet are starting to poke out from the bottom edge of their bed, a new one should be your priority. Depending on how big your teen is and the spaciousness the room, you can get them either a single/twin (36 x 75 inches) or double/full (54 x 75 inches) mattress. From there, you can choose between a foam or spring mattress, and the type of cover they will find comfortable. Get them at least two sets of bedding that you can switch up; experts recommend washing bedsheets, pillowcases, and blankets every one or two weeks for sanitation.
As for the bed frame, a simple wooden or steel frame might do, but think about the personal belongings they will start to accumulate as they get more schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Clutter is going to be a problem if they do not have enough storage and their room is too small for a second cabinet. In this case, they would benefit from a bed frame with built-in drawers or a loft bed, which is a bi-level frame composed of a bed on top and either a built-in desk and closet or a wide, empty space below that will accommodate them.
Studying while sprawled across the bed usually ends up with them snoozing off, especially after a long day at school. A safe bet would be a study desk or computer table, which will keep them alert (and upright), allowing them to completely focus on their homework or project. Pair it with a comfortable ergonomic chair that will keep them from straining their backs as they pore over their textbooks.
The finishing touches, as small as they might seem, will actually bring the room together in terms of speaking of your teen’s personality, so they are not to be overlooked. Here are just a few items that should round up the overall look and functionality of the room:
● Curtains. Whether you opt for solid or patterned fabric, choose curtains that match the room’s newly painted walls to keep with the theme. Keep in mind, though, that they are not just for decoration; pick curtains that are thick enough to provide your teen with privacy, but not so opaque that it makes the room stuffy especially during warm days. Blinds are a good, fuss-free option, too.
● Mirror. Has your teenager started to stop at every reflective surface to preen themselves more than usual? You can bet they will appreciate having their own mirror in their room so they can have some privacy as they change from outfit to outfit deciding on what to wear. A free-standing full-length mirror will look nice, but if your teenager is a bit on the clumsy side, it will not be long before they knock it over and invite the proverbial seven-year curse. Go for a wall-mounted mirror, which is not just safer but also a space-saver.
● Corkboard/chalkboard/freedom wall. It might be easier for them to keep track of homework, chores, and events with a visual reminder, so consider getting them a corkboard and some colorful pins. If you would prefer a chalkboard, you can either pick one up at your local bookstore, or go creative and use chalkboard paint on a small portion of the room. Remember to get dustless chalk to minimize dust. For your creative teen, how about creating a freedom wall by plastering a large sheet of paper on one wall? They can use this to doodle to their heart’s content, and simply take it down and replace it with a fresh sheet once they run out of space.
● Photos/collages, memorabilia, and posters. Is your teen particularly sentimental? Invite them to display framed photos of family and friends, or to create a single collage of them to hang up on the wall. If they are particularly passionate about traveling and have managed to collect a fair number of souvenirs, affix wooden planks that will serve as display shelves for the ones they already have and those they are sure to gather in their next trip. Also, offer to frame their music or movie posters to keep them in good condition for a long time. Should they lose interest in their current favorite band or actor (and they probably will), at the very least they will already have a frame handy when they find another one to worship.
Sources: huffingtonpost.com, mandauefoam.ph, blimsfurniture.com.ph, innovapaint.com
This article was contributed by MyProperty.ph