Decorating a bedroom for your teenage children can often be more problematic than enjoyable, fortunately there are plenty of tips and ideas out there to get you on your way and earn some brownie points with your kids. The trick is to know what your child’s hobbies and interests are and incorporate these into the room. Of course it doesn’t hurt involving them in the decision making process (as well as the actual decorating) to ensure they aren’t in with a nasty surprise when it’s all finished.
Here are some of our top tips to making your teenager’s bedroom more stylish and practical than the stereotypical dirt infested room.
Decide On A Colour Palette
Try and steer clear of colours associated with younger children, as we are sure a teenager won’t appreciate this. Instead opt for fresh and vivid colours that help to breath a bit of life into the room. You can always keep the walls light and simple and then add a feature wall that has a more adventurous colour scheme.
Develop A Theme
As we mentioned it is important to know your child’s interests and then you can use this as a central theme to the room. This can be anything from their favourite colour to whether they are into computers and should have a work area specifically allocated to this.
This is undoubtedly an important time in your child’s life so let them have some say as to what they want from their room. Allowing them self-expression through paint choices or the artwork they place on the walls will make them feel more comfortable and happy in their room, rather than having them resent the decorating choices you made for them.
Be Aware Tastes Change
Just like their moods, teenagers tastes change from one minute to the next so it is important to be aware of this before you go all out an a bedroom theme. A good way to counteract this is to look for ways to save money, vintage shops are a great way to find furniture with character and at reasonable prices, making changes in decorating cheaper and they also give the room more character than the usual IKEA kits.
Storage And Desks
Incorporating interesting and smart storage is a good way to keep a bedroom clutter free and having good quality desk is integral to keeping your tween sat down and doing their homework in comfort. Think of smart ways to incorporate these things into their rooms, a good way of clearing space is to have beds with space for storage under them or even bed frames that have built in drawers.
It wouldn’t be a teenager’s room if it didn’t have the distinctive teenage elements to them; we’re talking games consoles, televisions and beauty mirrors. So try to think of smart ways of incorporating them into the room without having them take up all the space.
There is plenty of evidence that links a cluttered bedroom with a cluttered mind so do yourself a favour and invest in some bedroom furniture and storage that turns your bedroom back into the sanctuary it should be. We all know how hectic modern lifestyles can be but we also have ingenious storage methods and multifunction furniture that helps keep bedroom mess at bay and all in a practical and stylish way.
To achieve a modern and stylish look less truly is more and to do this you have to choose your bedroom furniture wisely. When we refer to bedroom furniture we are including everything from the bed, to wardrobes and even accessories such as mirrors. If it all seems a little intimidating then never fear, we have compiled a list of bedroom essentials that will not only keep your bedroom clutter free but will also make it the most stylish room in your home.
Where better to start than with the bed itself! This is an area that you should never make a rash or quick decision with. We’ve all grown up with basic wooden frames in our teenage years but with the journey into adulthood also comes the possibility to put some of our own style into the mix. Why not consider a leather bed frame or a design with metal supports? They add an immediate touch of class and the texture is one that stands out amongst others. A headboard is also a necessity if you want your bedroom to look and feel comfortable.
Beds can also be used as storage options to if you are short on space. Look for designs that allow you to pull out drawers from underneath the mattress; they are an ideal way to store anything from extra sheets to shoes.
A bed simply doesn’t seem complete without bedside tables, ideal for nestling lamps on to help you control the lighting and mood in the room. Try to avoid cluttering them with junk but look for designs with storage such as drawers beneath them to store your belongings in.
You should choose bedside tables that compliment your bed, whether they are a part of the same range or the same material. Opt for minimalist designs that give your room a contemporary feel rather than a dated look. It is also possible to modify bedside tables to suit your needs, whether you want to repaint them or alter the drawer handles for finishing touches of class.
Away With Clutter
The bedroom is your own personal getaway and that is why it is so important to leave work and mess outside of it. This is the room where you should be able to get away from it all and unwind and the best way to create a relaxed atmosphere is with minimal designs and no mess. So look for furniture that is simple, stripped-back and practical to help keep stress at bay. As tempting as a giant wardrobe may be, if you have a small room then it will become an impractical and Zen ruining experience.