Decorating a teen’s room is a true challenge. I am in the process of redecorating Inès’s room, and pfffou, it’s a tricky business! The room has to reflect your teenager’s personality and have a grown up, yet a cool vibe, to it. I hear Inès “tactfully” say “no, that’s your style, mom, not mine.” And then when she mentions what she likes, all I’m thinking about is that in a few months, she’ll want me to update the wall colors or change completely the style she thinks is soooo cool right now.
It almost happens overnight. Your teen tells you that their room looks “baby-ish”, embarrassing to show to their friends and not to their taste anymore. The problem is the ever-changing taste and preferences of teenagers: what is awesome today may not have so awesome tomorrow.
Here are a few things I am learning right now to redecorate Inès’ s room on a budget and make a room that fits her ‘teenage” life:
- I am planning lots of storage – in drawers, because the dusting and housecleaning in my teen’s room does not happen very often. I am thinking that if her stuff is stored away from dust and we’re limiting the shelving situation, she’ll have a much easier time to clean.
- I am also trying to incorporate a seating, chill-out area. She often has friends over and needs more areas to hang out in addition to her bed : low bench, bean bags, etc….
- Finally, I try to invest in small accessories to create the mood : funky and shaggy pillows. These will be easy – and cheaper – to upgrade if she changes her mind about the style of her room in a few months.
Do you have any other tips you think I should know? I’d love your input!
I’ll be sharing pics of Inès’s finished room soon. Wish me luck, she’s a tough client to please! ;-) Xo, Si-