Creating a Cool Bedroom for Your Teens

12 Jan

Creating a Cool Bedroom for Your Teens

As your kids become teenagers, they start craving more independence, and they like their bedrooms to  reflect their individuality. Oftentimes, a teenager’s bedroom is the only place they can call their own, so feeling in control over the way it looks is important to them – especially since they spend so much time in there.  If you have teens, it’s time to get creative in helping them create a space that feeds their need for independence, while still looking nice within your home.

Creating a cool bedroom for your teen can be a fun activity for both of you. Allow your teen to make most of the decisions, including the selection of wall color.  Colors that stimulate one teen may or may not work for another; so let them choose what they feel most connected to.  Stop by the paint store and have them pick out three of four colors they like. Then, go home and paint blocks of each of the colors on their wall and leave them up for several days. That will allow you to see which color looks best in the room in relation to the size of the room and the lighting within it.

Furniture can be the most expensive part of a bedroom design, so this is an area where you can exert more control in order to keep your teen’s needs within a realistic budget. Ask your teen for their input and encourage them to express themselves through the smaller pieces of furniture in their room, so they can experiment with more affordable options. Consider carefully the type of furniture you invest in. For instance, a writing desk is a practical piece of furniture because it can be both aesthetically appealing and highly functional when they have homework to do. Just make sure that you buy one that is large enough to fit a computer and books at the same time.

Their bed should feel comfortable, but it can also be a great place to add personal touches that reflect their style. The colors and patterns of the bedspread are a natural place to insert personality. Also make use of throw pillows to decorate the bed. You can also add a bedside table and lamp in case they want to read before bed.

Ultimately, teens crave a place they can call their own. The more you are involved in helping them achieve that, the happier both of you will be with the results. Encourage their self-expression and show them that you care by decorating together. It will be a fun experience that gives you a chance to bond and make your teen feel appreciated.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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