There are few things that can strike more fear in the heart of a parent than hearing that your teen wants to re-decorate their room. Holy moly, they are a hormonal and an emotional mess 95% (translation 150%) of the time. They are friends with Suzie one minute and “will never speak to her again” the next. The jeans that are “perfect” in the morning makes their butt look HUGE and must be burned by the afternoon. How will they EVER be able to make a decision and come up with a cohesive design that will last until collage? More importantly, how will you make it out alive?! Breathe, you can do this!
First things first. Pinterest. Cheaper than buying tons of magazine to tear up. Have your teen set up an board and start pinning away. You will start to notice a theme and style emerging from the pins. Color trends will also start to emerge and this will be your starting point. Knowing an amazing home decor store (hint: Clayton Gray Home) helps too! THINK about the furniture, as this is the biggest investment. I went with black furniture for my son when we gave his room a make over at age 10 and I feel it will last until he leaves for college. When we did my daughters room makeover, I went with sleek white lacquer furniture. Don’t forget to think ahead with furniture. Your daughter may be 10 now, but at 16 will she want a vanity or a desk? If you are into matching furniture, now if the time to make that purchase. I prefer eclectic pieces, for me it gives the room personality and frees up the opportunity to switch out pieces with time. Next up is the flooring. Do you have to work with what is existing or can you start over. Luckily I have an “in” with the flooring industry so when we did my daughters make over I was able to snag some left over vinyl wood that matched our existing hardwood floors. It is a perfect solution for a spill prone child and it’s hard to tell that it is not really hardwood. I then softened the space with a carpet tile “area rug” in a strong geometric pattern. Peel and stick carpet tiles are an easy way to make a bold statement without a major commitment. If you have to work with what you have, you can always layer an area rug over carpet, paint hardwood floors, etc. The piece de resistance of my daughters room is definitely the 1960’s style bubble chair. Again, having friends in high places came in handy and you can get this little gem from Clayton Gray Home. An impact piece or focal point is a must in any room and this chair definitely fit the bill.
When my daughter said she wanted a tennis ball room I definitely scratched my head. It wasn’t as difficult as when she requested a “French poodle, water slide and movie themed birthday party”. Viola! The French Riveria/Cannes Film Festival 5th birthday party was born! If I could do that, I could come up with a tennis ball room. When your kids come up with a crazy theme, ask what the theme means to them. For my daughter the tennis ball room meant black, white and yellow. We compromised on dark gray walls, white furniture and small punches of yellow. We did stripes on the duvet, a bubble chair to represnt a big tennis ball and round pillows to do the same. I bought cheap frames and painted them yellow and white, then printed out pictures of her favorite tennis stars to hang on the wall. Purchased a couple of giant tennis balls for impact and boom! A tennis room that she claims “ROCKS!” My son hit me with an ESPN Sports Center room request and while it was a little more difficult and required more commitment in the paint department, he still loves his room many years later. Accessories are best reserved for your punches of color. While a red dresser has the “WOW” factor, you can’t guarantee they will love it forever. Accessories, pillows and bedding can easily be changed for a quick weekend room make over.
Bottom line, work together and listen to your teen. Pinterest is your best friend. Once you get an idea board going, also make a final decision board so you can get a good feel for the final design. It’s all about give and take. Remember, this is their space and their sanctuary, let them express themselves. Let’s be honest, they will be out of the house before you know it and you can turn it into the craft, wrapping, bunco or exercise room that YOU always wanted.
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Photo: Dwell Studio Modern Border bedding, World’s Away Venus Pendant, Vail antler side table, Madison platform bed, Jonathan Adler beaded LOVE pillow, Trina Turk black and white Palm Springs Block linen pillow, Trina Turk Shanghai Links pillow, Athena table lamp, World’s Away Jared desk, World’s Away Acadia trash can, Bubble chair, Bungalow 5 Brigitte dresser in white lacquer, World’s Away silver leaf Raymond mirror, Tozai Home pattern boxes.