We know decorating a bedroom can be a lot of fun for teens.¬† But it’s an ideal project for¬†both parents and teens to work and have fun on¬†together! ¬†Here are 4 steps to¬†decorate a room your teen and you will be happy with.
1. Help your teen define and refine their own style.¬†
First, you’ll need to gather inspiration photos.¬† You can make a shared board on Pinterest¬†or a physical cork board that mom, dad and teen can all pin to.¬† Whenever you see a room,¬†a piece of furniture or color you like, pin it!
Once your board is full, sit down together and look for common threads in the photos.¬† Are¬†there a lot of blues?¬† Or straight, modern lines?¬† Talk about what you like best,¬†then use the photos to plan a color palette and a general look for the room.
2. Bring in the furniture.
They’ll need a bed and dresser.¬† Do they also need a desk for school work?¬† Extra¬†storage?¬† Teens love having seating, whether it’s a small loveseat or just some floor¬†cushions.
Don’t forget furniture doesn’t have to be new, pieces you already have can usually be¬†refinished with nothing more than some sandpaper and a quart of paint.¬† Even changing out¬†dresser knobs can make a difference.
3. Make a floor plan.
There are free programs online to help you arrange your room, but personally, I think the old-fashioned graph paper method is the easiest. ¬†Just measure the room and draw it on graph paper,¬†using one square per foot.¬† Then on a second piece of paper, draw and cut out each piece¬†of furniture you have (don’t forget to label them!).
Now you can move the furniture all around the room without doing any actual work (your back¬†will thank you).¬† Once you have your favorite placement, try it out with the life-sized¬†furniture.
Accessories are important to decor, but a common problem that teens have is a cluttered¬†room.¬† Clutter isn’t limited to piles of paper, it can also be too many competing¬†patterns, or too many photographs, ribbons and trophies.
Removing clutter is not all about looks either, as the Princeton Neuroscience Institute proved in a study,¬†clutter has a¬†negative effect on concentration and the ability to process information.¬† We don’t want¬†that for our kids.
So how do you avoid a cluttered look?¬† Photo gallery walls are always fun.¬† Help your¬†teen limit the photos to their favorites and keep photos only in that area.¬† For other¬†items, you could limit display to a single shelf, and your teen can rotate the items on it¬†whenever they feel like a change.
So what do you think?¬† Is this a project you might try?
Christina Orleans of Little Victorian loves interiors. ¬†She’s a recovering cheapskate and loves DIY and upcycling. ¬†Let her help you find your own home renovation projects by visiting her on FaceBook and Twitter.