If there is one age group that’s hard to appease, it is, without a doubt, the teenager. So, when it comes to planning their bedrooms, there is a lot that can go wrong. I have some friends who have recently gone through a bedroom makeover with their teen son and daughters, and I was amazed at how well it went. So, me being me, I asked them! Here are a few of their secrets.
Get them involved
Here’s the problem with designing teenage bedrooms. If you do it yourself, you’re going to end up giving them something that you love, but they will hate. If you leave them to get on with it themselves, they will end up painting their walls and ceiling black, and growing strange things on their carpet. Somewhere in the middle, there will be a trade-off.
So, your first step is to get them involved. Create an ideas book, and allow them to jot down what they want. Your job is to steer them away from potential horrors and make it a healthier-looking space.
Go through old things
Teenagers have a habit of collecting junk, and it’s likely they will have plenty of leftovers in their room from their younger years. Before you make a start on the decor, it’s important to get rid of as much as possible.
If they want to keep things for old time’s sake, that’s great. But, you will need to look into more sensible storage solutions to make sure they keep their room as tidy as you can expect!
Choose a suitable colour scheme
There’s no doubt that teenagers are going to be tricky when it comes to choosing colours. Their age means that they will start to stay in bed a lot longer than before, so there will have to be allowances for making their room dark.
However, try to suggest lighter walls and colours, and talk to them about using heavy curtains instead. They are ideal for blocking the light out in the morning, and the room will be much brighter with lighter colours when they are awake.
Invest in entertainment
Teens need entertainment, whether it’s in the form of a musical instrument, stereo, games console, or a TV. Your house rules will dictate whether you allow them a TV and games console in their rooms.
But, there are some exciting entertainment options out there that offer something different. Take a look over at the Games Room Company for some great ideas of entertainment for a teenager’s bedroom. This is likely to be your teen’s favourite part of the process, so make sure you enjoy it while it lasts!
Somewhere to hang out
My last point is a valid one, and it’s one that I had overlooked in the past. Teenagers just love hanging out and doing nothing. I can’t remember what is what like to be in that headspace, but I have to admit, I’m a little jealous. Just floating through their consciousness as if there is no one else around.
So, it’s a good idea to give them somewhere that they can do this in safety. So, my friend’s final tip is – make sure they have a comfortable sofa or chill out area in the room. Call it a thinking space, if you like!
Well, there you have it – some handy tips, I’m sure you will agree. Now the hard work starts…