In the blink of an eye, children go from being a toddler to a teen.
What began as a nursery soon evolved into a toddler’s fun-filled living space. When the toddler outgrew fanciful characters and bright coloured walls, you changed the décor again, to reflect the youngster’s personality and taste.
As kids go into their teen years, things are definitely going to change. Teenagers will start to emphasize on privacy. They seek the refuge of their bedroom for chatting with friends, doing homework, surfing the Web, or just about everything else. The bedroom becomes a reflection of your personality, so give your child the valuable time and space to create a world to call their own.
We all know how quickly tastes can evolve, so live in the moment. When it comes to designing the bedroom with your kid, the key is to go all out. There is nothing subtle about the teenage years. They have definitive interests — hobbies, sports, clothes, colors, music, and art. As a parent, this is a good opportunity to bond with your teenage son or daughter by getting to know his or her likes or dislikes.
First off, take a deep breath and remind yourself that it’s not YOUR room. Allow him or her to take the lead, even if he/she chooses a color that might give you a gag reflex. Refrain from fast refusal on the grounds that it offends your sense of style. In fact, take this opportunity to release your inner child and have fun with it.
Here are some tips for working your teenager on planning their bedroom design:
MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE
A teenager’s room is more than a bedroom. It’s an office, a lounge room and an entertaininment space, too. You should take in to consideration that he or she will have friends over to hang out, and oftentimes sleepovers will occur.
So you’ll need to make the most of your floor space. With a loft bed, your teen can sleep on top, leaving room for a desk or couch below.
Loft beds are the perfect solution for a sleep-and-study space that offers twice the functionality. Plenty of cubbies and drawers can also provide abundant storage for school supplies, books and more.
TURNS WALLS INTO ARTISTRY
Don’t just hang pictures on the wall. Use wall decals, murals, or stencils to turn those surfaces into canvasses. You can also paint walls with chalkboard, whiteboard, or magnetic paint, converting them into functional spaces for creative thinking. Encourage your kid to use tape (but NOT double-sided tape, those are a pain to remove) or Blu-Tack to put up various pictures and posters of the things they love, which they can change up often without ruining the walls.
KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED
Storage and organization aren’t necessarily the same thing. Make sure your teen keeps his study space organized by setting up a system (such as labeled or color-coded bins or shelves).
But he can appreciate that there are times when a mess has to be cleared in a hurry. Give them storage options that are easy and fun to use.
USE OPEN AND CLOSED STORAGE
Make it fun to put things away!
Open shelves and cubbies are great because they double as display space, turning your teen’s favorite photos, objects and more into part of the room’s decor. They also keep the room feeling more open and spacious. Closed storage (cabinets and drawers) is key for belongings that have less visual appeal (electronics, for instance).
USE STYLISH LIGHTING
You don’t want your kids to be reminded of school when they are in their bedroom. While your child needs functional lighting, you don’t have to compromise form. Look at pendant lights and chandeliers that reflect the style and theme of the room. Paint table lamps to accent the room’s colors. Add strings of LED lights for mood lighting—hanging on the wall, around windows, or stuffed in clear containers.
So there you have it, we also included some examples relatively inexpensive pieces of furniture and accessories. As a parent or designer you must remember when you are decorating for a teen, you’re not the boss! So let your growing child be heavily involved, and take the opportunity to have fun and try something different.