Every parent knows that a teenager is one of the hardest creatures to please. Not only are they picky, but they also aren’t afraid to let you know if something’s lame.
Avoid a battle of wills and combine forces. Not sure where to start? These teen bedrooms are prime examples of how to strike the perfect balance.
If your teen girl loves glitz it’s easy to indulge her without going over-the-top. Instead of stark color combinations like hot pink, black and white, opt for a more muted palette of rose, gray and silver. Choose accents that are tasteful not tacky.
Boys and girls alike will totally dig a room that mixes sleek modern elements with retro accents. The easiest way to achieve this era-spanning style is to pick simple, cutting-edge furniture pieces in neutral colors and then complement them with a few interesting vintage finds.
Rock N’ Roll
Gone are the days when having a rock n’ roll bedroom simply meant tacking up your favourite band’s posters. Nowadays, you need to make your kid feel like a rock star, and not just look like they worship them.
Pick an edgy color palette. Red, black, gray, white and silver are all top-notch choices. Skip the artwork and hang framed band posters or vintage album sleeves. Create an area where your teen can comfortably listen to music or practice their own instrument. When it comes to textiles, avoid musical prints — they feel too childish.
Does your little girl want to feel more grown-up? To avoid ending up with a room that looks like flea market, stick to a color scheme and incorporate plenty of storage. Embrace the room’s unique sensibility and choose alternative organizational tools like a vintage coat rack, colorful woven baskets or retro suitcases.
The older teen who’s almost ready to leave the nest, needs a space that reflects their growing independence. Give them a room that feels like a chic studio apartment.
Use rugs or shelving units to divide the space into three separate living areas: the bedroom, the living room and the workspace. Skip the teen furniture and choose adult pieces they can take with them when they do move out. Make the room a real hang out spot by going for luxe floor and wall treatments and installing top-of-the-line electronics.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown
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