Stylish schemes for tweens
Think about your child’s personality, interests and style, and plan a space where they can happily grow into fully-fledged teenagers
Decorating for tweens is much more stylish than their previous years – they’ve outgrown the characters and toys they once loved and they know exactly what they want. Bold colours and funky wallpapers are the name of the game for these 9-12-year-olds. It’s an ideal time to organise space for homework stations, noticeboards and dressing tables.
If siblings are sharing a room, it can be a daunting decorating task as you need to accommodate enough storage and space for two, while still reflecting their individual styles. Create defined zones by sectioning off areas using dividing shelves, or, if you’re restricted with the layout, try painting different colours on each side to give the impression of separate rooms.
White bedroom furniture is always going to stay in style and will last as they grow up, and the more cabinets you have the easier it is to keep a tween’s room clean and tidy. Sharps Flexispace range is perfect for kids as it fits the maximum amount of storage into even the tiniest of spaces.
Consider how you can turn items into multifunctional pieces, too. For instance, using a drawer unit as a dressing table and seating area means this room will last right through to their teenager years. And don’t forget to leave wall space for a full-length mirror and install suitable lighting.
This age group want to feel like they’re grown up, so choosing a more mature scheme will help. Bedrooms with a dark, bold colour palette are popular as it creates a cosy environment where they can relax and play. Paint furniture in a similar hue for a coordinated look.
Turn a corner into a chill-out zone with beanbags and oversized cushions. If you’re tight on space, beds on low bases or window seats with heaps of cushions are just as effective. It will provide a great space to encourage them to read, too.
THEMES ARE POPULAR AT THIS AGE – MAKE SURE IT LASTS UNTIL THEY’RE OLDER BY CHOOSING ELEMENTS THAT CAN BE CH ANGED, SUCH AS CURTAINS AND RUGS
Choose fitted storage. Flexispace range, from £2,000 including design and fitting, Sharps