ROOM TO GROW
Five ways to fashion a space that will easily suit your daughter as she grows into her 20s.
Five ways to fashion a space that will suit a teen as she grows into her 20s
1. PICK A PALETTE WITH STAYING POWER
Pink isn’t only for youngsters and bubble gum. Designer Matthew Meisner made the “it’s a girl” hue more grown-up in his stepdaughter Milena Bettencourt’s room by combining it with black and gold. He also ensured the pink items were easy to swap should the 16-year-old ever tire of them.
2. MAKE IT SPECIAL
Custom pieces don’t have to be pricey. Matthew upgraded a big-box-store desk with funky geometricprint vinyl wallpaper for added charm.
3. GIVE A LITTLE PUSH
“Persuade your kids to try looks that will mature with them,” says Matthew, noting that the Rorschach-inspired wallpaper that resembles a haute French damask wasn’t an easy sell. “I don’t think Milena would have chosen this wallpaper on her own, but she loves it now.”
4. KNOW WHERE TO SPLURGE
“Invest in neutral pieces that have longevity, such as an upholstered bed frame,” says Matthew. “And have fun with pieces like toss cushions, which are inexpensive to replace.”
5. ADD MEANING
Establish an eclectic aesthetic that looks collected over time by grouping items that have personal significance. Take, for example, the pink-undertoned artwork on Milena’s desk: Many of the pieces reference her dad, Rick Bettencourt, from the photo of a Missoni fashion show he attended to a print of Jimmy Choo shoes that nods to his work as the vice-president of shoe empire Nine West Canada.
DESIGN, Heirloom & Knot, heirloomandknot.com; Simply White OC-117 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; WALLPAPER (on feature wall), WALLPAPER (on desktop), STOOL FABRIC, Heirloom & Knot; DESK (customized), RUG, TASK LAMP (on nightstand), pink TOSS CUSHIONS, IKEA;