Thursday, January 12, 2012
DESIGNING YOUR TEENS BEDROOM
Just starting middle school is usually, a popular time to give your teen’s bedroom a new personality. Do your homework and you'll be ready for this adventure whenever it arrives.
First, step back and think about the overall design you want to achieve. Paint colors can determine the overall feel of the room and influence the moods of its occupants. Then you want to consider the lighting and exposure of the room and what the larger pieces of furniture you'll need.
While teens are painfully brand conscious, most have no desire for the high-end looks adults crave. Fun, funky, and free-spirited designs hold more appeal, and even kids who appreciate the finer things are likely to want a more unrestrained version of a traditional look.
You and your teen need to come to some agreement about major items such as a desk, a bed, and window treatments, then buy the best furnishings your budget will allow.
Painted walls are a practical choice. Paint has a fresh contemporary feeling, and, better yet, it's the least expensive, fastest way to make a big change in a room. You'll want to tell your teen that paint looks a lot darker and more vivid on four walls than in a tiny paint chip.
Think about creating as much storage as possible. Include both open/display and hidden; and, above all, make storage easily accessible if you want them to use it.
If your teen is older, you may want to consider how you'll use the room once he or she is independent. If the room will become a home office, a daybed may be the best choice. If it will become a full-time guest room, you may want to invest in a full or queen-size bed.
Consider that white and ivory (or any neutral color) are for any gender and any age; it’s the accessories that will illustrate their personality.
And always remember: “less is more.”
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