Decorating any room in the house can give its headaches and tough decisions but redecorating a teenager’s room has so many aspects to it. It’s not like when they are little where you can simply dictate what they will have in their room. But it’s also not as if they are grown up and can have free reign over all their decisions. A teenager’s room is often a small one so here are 5 top tips on what to do when decorating a teenager’s bedroom.
Make Sure It’s Appropriate
For a young person, certain items are appropriate and others which are inappropriate. Now for each of our homes, we need to make our own decisions as to what’s appropriate, but there are some things that most of us would agree on, such as no nude or sexual images, or nothing especially violent. But other things may be more ambiguous, many teenagers have strong political opinions that may be poorly informed or greatly differ from your own. But should you allow art or decoration that displays these opinions?
Another, more practical, consideration is the furniture that you choose for a teenager’s room. They often will need a new bed once they get to this age, as the small, child-sized bed they had when younger will no longer be big enough. But what should you allow them to get? Many will ask for a double bed, but available space is often a reason to avoid this, or it could be the idea that they don’t need a two-person berth. Another good option is a high sleeper bed, this allows a usable space underneath, that can be used for many different things, including a study space.
Allow Them Choice
It’s very important to let your teenager feel involved in creating their own room. Allow them a choice, within certain parameters, for example, you could let then choose the posters, then get them framed at somewhere like Art Graphics.
Think of Future Use
When setting up the room it’s important to consider that the room may be required for different use in the future. You may get to the stage before long where the child has reached the end of school age and is off to university, college or just on to their own life, and if you have allowed the room to be altered too much then it may be a huge job to bring it back to reality. Allow them personalization but within limits.
Let Them Help
We’ve discussed allowing your teenager to help with the choices involved in redecorating their bedroom which gives them a little of the sense of freedom of being older. But why not teach them some of the responsibility of it as well, we all know that young people who have to be responsible will take this better attitude into their adult lives and what could be better than allowing them to do a lot of the work in their own room. This can also be a good bonding experience for you all.