Some cool ways to redo teen boy’s room

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DEB­BIE TRAVIS

DEAR Deb­bie: I’m look­ing for ideas to redo our teenage son’s bed­room. He’s away for the sum­mer and we’d like to sur­prise him with some­thing that he would think is cool. A risky propo­si­tion but worth a go. Love your spir­ited dec­o­rat­ing ad­vice.

— Caro­line

Dear Caro­line: I ad­mire your courage, and speak from ex­pe­ri­ence, as I dec­o­rated my sons’ rooms while they were at camp. The re­views were medi­ocre; what re­ally bugged them was that I’d gone into their rooms and moved things around. Go with a colour that most males like, such as blue. To add char­ac­ter I dis­cov­ered a peel and stick prod­uct that will al­low you to make up a se­ries of fab­u­lous de­signs on your walls. Wal­lPOPs are eas­ily ap­plied, and re­moved; they are repo­si­tion­able and re­us­able, giv­ing your son the op­tion to play around with the de­sign when he re­turns. Shown here, is a col­lage of shapes and pat­terns in splashy shades of green, orange and black. Pieces stand alone or can over­lap. As well as stripes, blocks and cir­cles, there are favourite ac­tion he­roes, sports fig­ures, eu­rode­signs, win­dow dé­cor and more. Dry erase wal­lPOPs come plain or framed with a funky pat­tern. They also have cal­en­dars. Your son should be blown away, but don’t ex­pect too much praise. Not yet.

Dear Frances: Thank you for the pho­tos. The large poster of Miss Piggy on the bath­room wall be­side the mir­ror and van­ity says it all. Who wouldn’t gig­gle at Her Royal Pink­ness fes­tooned in frothy tulle and a tiara, clutch­ing a bri­dal bou­quet to her porcine bo­som? You are fun-lov­ing and the ex­u­ber­ance of bright pink suits

Dear Deb­bie: Our house was built in the 1950s. The bath­room’s walls and floor are pink and black tiles. I’ve painted the walls above the tile and van­ity white for years. Lately I’m won­der­ing if I could make it look nicer with­out re­plac­ing the tiles. Any sug­ges­tions would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

— Frances you. Black’s main pur­pose in dé­cor is to ex­ag­ger­ate other colours, mak­ing Piggy would ap­prove.

How­ever, if you are ready for a change, you could paint over the black tiles to soften the ef­fect. I’d sug­gest white. Tape off the tiles, wash and sand to rough up the shiny ce­ramic sur­face and ap­ply a high ad­he­sion primer. Ap­ply two coats of gloss paint.

Then, in­stead of white walls, choose a shade of pink that is lighter but in the same colour fam­ily as the pink tiles. The con­trast be­tween tiles and walls will now be sub­tle. Ac­ces­sorize with fluffy white tow­els.

I no­ticed from your pho­tos that there is too much vis­i­ble clut­ter, in­clud­ing the mir­ror dec­o­ra­tion. I know it’s dif­fi­cult in a small bath­room to have ev­ery­thing you need at hand, but try to cut back to the ne­ces­si­ties and hide the rest.

Dear Deb­bie: The walls in my bed­room are white with a hot pink fo­cal wall and hot pink win­dow cov­er­ings. Please let me know what colour com­forter would look good. Thanks.

— Na­dia

Dear Na­dia: Pink is a happy, op­ti­mistic colour. Since that is your dom­i­nant shade, I sug­gest you con­tinue in that mood. Lime green and/or golden yel­low would com­ple­ment, and why not look for a pat­terned com­forter to add a layer of tex­ture and in­ter­est to the bed. You don’t de­scribe the win­dow cov­er­ings, but a va­lence, trim or tiebacks that have some of that third colour or pat­tern will of­fer a good bal­ance and fin­ish the room off beau­ti­fully.

This teen’s study spot is lively and fun, dec­o­rated with wall POPs that can be eas­ily

moved and reused.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.