Teenagers can be very
particular about their bedroom. Since they spend a huge amount of time in their
sleeping, playing computer games, studying, and chatting to friends, they need
a multi-functional bedroom that caters for a range of different things.
Girls and boys often
have different ideas about design. Girls tend to prefer feminine colors and
pretty soft furnishings whereas boys like minimalist designs with bold colors
and functional furniture. It can get even more complicated if more than one
sibling is sharing a room, especially if they are wildly different ages. But
whatever issues you have to deal with, here are some cool ideas for decorating
a teenager’s bedroom.
The bed is one of the
most important features in any bedroom, but in a teenager’s room it is even
more important than usual.Teenagers spend way more time
sleeping than most people.
Because they are going through an intense stage of growth and maturation, their
bodies need the extra sleep, so the average teenager can quite easily sleep for
12-14 hours a night if left undisturbed. For this reason a bed needs to be both
comfortable and large enough.
Many teenagers are as
tall and broad as a full-grown adult, even if their emotions have not quite
caught up yet. Younger children are comfortable in a single bed, but an older
teenager will have more space to stretch out in an adult-sized Popular Number bed. Go for a King or Queen bed if you have the
room. If the space is tight, consider a loft bed to allow for extra work space
Study space is
essential if your teenager is still at high school or college. A desk will give
them a place to work, but they may also need some shelves to store files or
books. Look for a purpose designed desk, or if you want something a bit more
bespoke, have a custom desk constructed. The other option is to buy a loft bed, which as we have already mentioned combines sleep and
storage space very effectively. Many have built in desks, too.
Teenagers are not
always good at putting their belongings and clothes away, but if you ensure
there is plenty of storage space they would not have any excuses. A walk-in closet
is the ideal arrangement, but if there is no room in the bedroom, you might
consider investing in fitted wardrobes and drawers. They are a more expensive
option, but once your teenager leaves home, you can convert their bedroom into
an attractive guest room and make good use of the storage space.
A Room to Relax In
Since teenagers, especially
girls, love to socialize in their bedrooms and invite friends over, it is
sensible to give them comfortable seating. A sofa can double up as a spare bed
for sleepovers if you buy a sofa bed; alternatively, buy a few large floor
cushions for a more flexible seating arrangement.
Color schemes are a
highly personal thing, so it is good idea to consult with your teenager before
buying paint and bed linen. Just because you think they will love a particular
color, it does not necessarily mean that they will – and if you get it wrong
you could end up being forced to re-do the room.
Whilst a central
ceiling light is the norm, mood lighting, bedside lamps and desk lights are all
fun ways of personalizing a teenager’s bedroom. You can have great fun with the
lighting, so use your imagination and experiment.
Blinds are a good
choice because they are easy to operate and come in a wide range of different fabrics.
Blackout blinds are perfect for bedrooms. That way your teenager can sleep all
day long, without being disturbed by the sun. You may want to consider roman blinds, venetian
blinds, or vertical blinds. And if you have a Velux window, look for blinds
that is designed to fit the opening exactly.
Carpet is warm
underfoot, but laminate or wooden flooring is easy to keep clean in the event
of food and drink spillages. If you do opt for laminate or wooden flooring,
look at underfloor heating for a seamless way to provide warmth during cold
There are many ways to
decorate a teenager’s bedroom, but it is always better to consult them before
you make any major design decisions. If you give them a say in the process,
they are more likely to treat their new bedroom with the respect it deserves.
Welcome to my blog. I am an Interior Decorator based in Chicagoland, Illinois. Married and a mommy to my 9 year old son. Through this blog, I will be sharing my passion for design and my inspirations with you. Occasionally, I will also be showing you my home and some of my clients' decorating projects. I am a firm believer that a beautiful home can be achieved in any budget through creativity and smart shopping. Currently, I am offering e-design (online decorating) service at an affordable rate to help you create a home that reflects you, a home that will make you smile every time you walk through the door. Hope you have fun following along. Email me at mixandchic(at)yahoo(dot)com if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!
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