From toddlers to teenagers
Banish childish decor and embrace a more mature look to please even the fussiest of teenagers
When kids reach their teens, they want a space that reflects their style. It will become their hideaway where they hang out with friends, as well as a quiet escape for studying. But it’s also important to create a room where they can express their personality.
A teenager’s bedroom is a hive of activity and creativeness, and every parent knows how tricky it is to get their child to tidy up after themselves, so storage is essential. Use boxes, baskets and bins to maximum capacity and choose items that are both efficient and pleasing to the eye. If you get your child to help with the choices early on, they’ll be much happier with how it looks.
Pick a theme
Every teenager has their own unique style and tastes, so themed rooms work well. If you’re worried about them outgrowing the scheme, choose accessories for an instant update instead. For instance, create a wall mural instead of hanging wallpaper, or invest in new bedlinen and soft furnishings, as these can easily be changed if needed.
However, do remind them that they may have to compromise on some of their suggestions so it complements the rest of the house. A teenager’s favourite things are diverse and sometimes discordant, but with careful planning and discussion, all ideas can tie together beautifully.
A Girl Can Dream by Jackie magazine mural, from £55 per sq m, Surface View