Life with kids is never “easy”. In fact, it gets even tougher when the time comes for your teenager to move into her own bedroom. Before she embarks on sorting out bedroom décor on her own, you may want to check out these smart ideas and pick a few that fit your budget while allowing time for occasional updates, without exorbitant costs or lengthy overhauls attached.
Teen Personality: As Private As It Can Get
Before you begin decorating your daughter’s bedroom, sit down with her and find out which colors, furnishings, accessories, and other elements she’d like to have there. Teenage girls are extremely sensitive to aesthetics, and the preliminary décor spiel can save a parent a lot of nerves, money, and energy down the road.
If your daughter’s room design preferences are more on the extreme side, you can discuss different décor ideas together until you’ve reached a compromise on the color scheme, layout, and extent of decorative details. Your daughter won’t the first emo teen who wants to paint her room all black, but it’s up to you as her proud parent to convince her that a slightly less dramatic color such as grey, navy blue, or off-white will work better in the long run.
Peaceful Dreams: Comfort Meets Elegance
The sleeping area is one of the most important parts of a teenager’s bedroom. Although costlier than classic bedding, ergonomic mattresses (Brentwood Home Bamboo Mattress, Gel Memory Foam, 13-Inch, Twin) and memory foam pillows (Nature’s Sleep Visco Lite Memory Foam Standard Pillow, White (70300)) are an investment in your teen daughter’s healthy sleeping posture and long-term well-being. As for bed frame materials, solid wood frames (Zinus 12 Inch Deluxe Wood Platform Bed / No Boxspring Needed / Wood Slat Support / Rustic Pine Finish, Twin) offer ideal quality-to-price ratio and longer lifespan than cheaper alternatives such as plywood or MDF.
For bonus parenting points, you can let your daughter pick the bed design and size, and help her make a beautiful DIY canopy to round off her peaceful dreams with a dose of royal grace. When it comes to linen designs, your teen should select bedclothes based on her personal taste: after all, if a bunk covered in hot pink sheets (Tache 3 Piece Cotton Solid Hot Pink & Black Superstar Bed Sheet Set, Twin) works for her, it should work for you, too.
Storage Space: Keeping Clutter Out of Sight
Storage space is a problematic point in many teen rooms simply because teenage girls and boys are hoarders by nature. To keep clutter out of sight, make sure to stack your princess’ room with ample storage (Simpli Home Amherst Multi-Cube Bookcase and Storage Unit, Dark Brown); if the remodel budget can afford it, you can install a wall-to-wall wardrobe along a vacant wall.
When choosing the style of storage units, the rule of thumb is to go with standard designs rather than short-lived trends: it’ll allow your daughter to change the décor if she wants to without putting excess pressure on the family budget in every remodel. The fewer frills and decorative touches a storage unit has, the easier it’ll be to blend into a different décor, and your daughter will always be able to retouch it with a fresh paint coat if she wants to. If you want to be extra thrifty, try one of these portable closet organizers (Whitmor 6779-3044 Double Rod Freestanding Closet with Steel and Resin Frame, 45.2 by 68-Inch, Silver) . Think of ahead, like when she leaves for college!
Multifunctional: A Spot for Many Purposes
Your teenage daughter’s bedroom will be the mini version of her future home, and it will have to meet a range of purposes. For this reason, it may be a wise move to visually divide the room into several visual units (RoomDividers Now Premium Heavyweight Hanging Room Divider Kit – Medium B, 9ft Tall x 4ft 8in – 9ft Wide (Midnight Black)) such as entertainment space, sleeping area, beauty corner, study nook, etc. If your teen’s bedroom is spacious, you can use makeshift room dividers (7 Panel Room Divider – Cherry) to organize it into separate units such as floor-to-ceiling macramé, drapes, or open-back shelving.
A living wall will also do the room dividing trick nicely: you can get first-rate pots online and encourage your daughter to plant her favorite foliage in the containers herself. If size is an issue, you can use area rugs (Safavieh Faux Silky Sheepskin FSS235A Ivory Area Shag Rug (4′ x 6′)), wall art (Creative Art – Gallery Wrap Canvas Print- Art Deco Modern Abstract Sexy Lips Canvas Print,Square Canvas Wall Pop Art for Gift,Stretched and Framed,Ready to hang), and wall paint nuances to define separate visual wholes and focal points in the room.
Frills Galore: Temporary Accents Do It Best
Removable decals, graffiti art, custom-print wallpapers, and similar temporary ornaments offer a creative yet highly efficient way for a teen girl to infuse her room with personality. Although excess of decorations can produce visual noise, a few original accessories and details can add character and interest to your teenager’s room, so let her pick the extras and frills in line with her stylistic preferences. Of course, you can always step in and offer a piece of advice if she gets carried away with trims, but just give her a chance…she just might surprise you! After all, your daughter’s bedroom should be an extension of her personality, not yours, so let her have her way for as long as she’s not knocking down walls or painting them all black.
A teenage girl’s bedroom is her dominion, but you should still be involved in the decorating process, by providing design cues and suggestions to help her create a snug spot for herself that would be both stylish and functional. With a little planning and the ideas listed above, you’ll be able to help your teen princess set up a pitch-perfect bedroom that will live up to her highest aesthetic standards while not shattering your peace of mind or overall home look. Good luck!
About The Author
Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.