My daughter turned 13 on Friday the 13th. So now she is officially a teenager, and I feel officially old…
As they become older these once cute little girls, transform into adults overnight. Their friends and social networking become important and they spend more and more time in their room with their friends. Their rooms become their haven. That is why it is so important to make sure they help you to create a room that is special to them. Their tastes change just as quickly as their moods. Choose the basics right, and they will always be able to change and add the latest trends. Give them the opportunity to create a room THEY like, and not one you want. Soon they will be out of your home, and you will miss them heaps when you change their haven into another boring spare bedroom.
Teenagers are individuals. So are their rooms. Make sure they have an input in colour choices and furniture.
VALUABLE TIPS FOR MOM AND DAD:
- Choose the basic furniture in neutral colours (e.g. desk, bed)
- Allow your teenager to dictate the colour theme for the rest of the room.
- Let her decorate one wall totally on her own! Colour, wallpaper or artworks.
- Stay away from “themes” like Beach etc.
- Make sure she has a desk (even though she says she works on her laptop on her bed)
Here are a few images and ideas for your teenage girl’s room:
A desk area is very important. She will have homework & hair to prepare. Probably more hours on the hair and make-up and taking selfies than on homework…
Give her one wall to do what SHE wants. An interesting removable wallpaper maybe? If you are worried how the wall will look, make sure it is the wall behind the door… so no-one will see it unless they are IN the room! Give her the opportunity to choose the colour tone for the room. In this image above, all the furniture is neutral, but one wall is painted a soft egg duck. Paint is cheap, and she could easily change it after a while. (Make sure you teach her how to paint herself!)
Don’t be afraid to experiment to paint interesting shapes on the walls or floors or textiles. Look how well these squares, triangles and dots all work together.
Girls love photos! Instagram & selfies & all other forms of social media is part of their life. All teenagers want to feel they belong somewhere. My daughter’s room is filled with frames of photos of her and our family and her friends. Use this opportunity to also add some inspirational quotes to her room, because teenagers hardly want to listen to their parents, but maybe some of the quotes will stick with her for life.
If you choose your furniture well, she can chop and change the cushions and accessories regularly and on a low budget.
You will be surprised what a good sense of style your teenage daughter has. If she is unsure on how to start to decorate her room, here is a good tip:
* Let her choose her favourite outfit. Use that outfit’s colour or style to be the direction for her new room. Fashion & Decor are best friends!
I hope you feel inspired to help your daughter create a haven where she can feel herself. A place where she can feel: This is mine, this is home, this is where I want to spend time.
Good luck with the moods, colours, love & excitement a teenaged daughter brings to your life!
Until next time,
Images in this BLOG:
1= Unknown , 2=unknown , 3= http://www.alittlecraftinyourday.com, 4= http://decor8blog.com/2014/04/05/top-14-favorite-floors/ 5= http://www.vtwonen.nl/ , 6= http://www.decopeques.com