If your teenager's room hasn't been decorated since they were ten years old, and they're hiding their stuffed animals under the bed, it's definitely time to redecorate.
The very first thing you need to do is to sit down with your teenager and discuss his or her likes and dislikes.
You are decorating your teenager's space, and he or she will never be happy and comfortable unless you discuss teen room decorating ideas with them.
There are many teen room decorating ideas and styles to choose from that will not become obsolete a year down the road. Be sure to take into account the size of the room, your budget, and the practicality of the style.
Does your teenager love animals? Then the perfect teen room decorating idea is the Tropical Style. This is an extremely popular style these days, and it will be easy to find the materials, fabrics, and accessories you need.
This style uses comfort, warmth, and a strong sense of the exotic to create a teen room decorating style that will keep your teenager confident and inspired at the same time. Consider using different animal prints, palm trees, rattan furniture, leather accents, and grasscloth on the walls.
Furniture should be comfortable - think of sinking down into the soft down cushions of a zebra stripe couch - and generally on a large scale. However, the furniture and accessories should also fulfill a purpose in the room.
For example, the couch is so comfortable, it becomes your teenager's favorite reading spot. Or a tiger print trunk at the foot of the bed can double as storage space for shoes, bedding, DVDs, or anything that your teenager usually leaves strewn around his or her room.
Another teen room decorating idea is to use accent pieces made of wicker, bamboo, iron, or rattan, and keep fabrics lush and soft. A fake fur cheetah bedspread is a perfect choice.
You can mix animal print designs such as tiger stripes and leopard spots with animal images, such as a whimsical monkey lamp, a lion poster on the wall, or an elephant stool that can double as extra seating. Another great teen room decorating idea that will never go out of style is Shabby Chic. This style is characterized by a kind of tousled elegance.
Think of deep, comfortable upholstery that looks as if it's been acquired from a Parisian salon where it was well used by the glitterati around a century ago.
Keep in mind that "well-used" does not mean messy or ragged - it means it looks like it has had a long a rich life, and still has a long way to go.
Shabby Chic uses architectural details to lend the room an air of authenticity. Look for beveled glass doorknobs, intricate iron shelf brackets, or a brass art deco alarm clock.
Try to find some accessories that aren't brand new. Scour flea markets for large ornate painted candlestick holders with some of the paint chipped away to reveal the old iron underneath.
Or pick-up a gold leaf cherub lamp, a chipped teapot that can become a flowerpot, sconces with scrollwork, and worn, blurry mirrors in ornate frames. Metal furniture goes perfectly with this style. For example, an old brass headboard is perfect for this teen room decorating idea.
To pull it all together, and calm down the style, make sure to keep the background color consistent and easy on the eyes, such as an eggshell white or a matte ivory. Hang artwork to complete your masterpiece.
Another versatile teen room decorating idea is to decorate your teenager's room in shades of denim blues. Almost all teenagers love jeans (not to mention just about everyone else too), so this is a decorating style that can't fail.
Try a chair covered with a soft, washed denim fabric. Use denim accents in the room, such as trimming a group of red pillows with fat denim cording.
You can even use a denim look to cover the walls. There are paint techniques for chambray and denim-look walls, which will be a perfect accent to a room with a cowboy theme or for a young lady who is crazy about horses.
Denim is a fabric that immediately imparts the feeling of comfort, so it is perfect for bedrooms in particular. Use denim comforters and pillow shams. You can even find chambray sheets and matching curtains.
Try using an old ragged pair of jeans to make valances for the windows, or dress up your curtains with chintz covered cornices.
Keep your walls in the neutral family of colors. Try soft camel beige or a subtle yellow. Pine furniture works well, or you can paint your old wooden furniture in light golden tones.
Furniture that is more casual than formal works better for this particular style. Other teen room decorating ideas to choose from are:
Garden styles. Use floral prints, upholstered furniture, floral area rugs, and balance the look with plain walls, floors, and curtains.
Casual styles. These include rustic themes, sports, nautical, particular hobbies, Americana . . . the possibilities are limitless. For example, a style could be developed around a collection of autographed baseballs, teapots, wooden duck decoys, trophies, art posters, etc.
Decorating with black and white. This style uses black as an anchor to set off a dramatic decorating look.
This teen room decorating idea is for the drama queen or king teenager in your household. Use a black and white floor, crisp white linens and comforters, and upholstered chairs. Set off the black with accents in red or warm gold, but be sure to pick up the black and white theme in lamps, pillows, picture frames, and other elements of the room.
Contemporary styles. These dictate clean lines, sculptural furniture, high ceilings, and geometric artwork.
Make use of brick walls and ceiling pipes. Avoid anything with floral patterns, ruffles, carvings, or traditional details. You are aiming for the look of an art or museum gallery, utilizing a bold, creative, and sculptural style.
Cottage style. This teen room decorating idea works especially well for teenage girls' rooms. Plaid or country-style fabrics work well with white furniture and rustic accent pieces. This style can transform a bedroom into a mini-vacation spot!
European or Parisian style. This is a glamorous style that invokes old world sophistication. It uses furniture and accent pieces from the rococo, baroque, neoclassical to the more modern art deco and cabaret designs.
Your main colors are black, white, and gold, with jewel tones as accents. Choose vintage-style furniture, such as a black or cream painted dresser with gold accents. Fabrics include silks and brocades. For fun, add a few vintage posters of old Parisian nightclubs, French train station signs, and black wrought iron shelves and tables.
The list of possibilities is endless. Find a good time to sit down and go over these teen room decorating ideas, and soon you will find yourself and your teenager working together to reinvent their bedroom.
About The Author: Michael Holland is the creator of http://www.kids-rooms-and- crafts.com and http://www.home-decorating-made-easy.com. His web sites offers lots of FREE decorating tips and ideas for decorating your home.
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If you like the Zebra look, there are lots of color combinations you can use. This place has some good ones. http://www.scrapbookscrapbook.com/DAC-ART/zebra-print-bedrooms.html . But think about making it something you wont get tired of. Black and white zebra print by itself is pretty versatile. You can use any color accessories. Not just pink.
I'm going to do my room zebra and I don't no how to decorate it :/ or pick what color to do it with. I'm so confused. Can someone help me?
Hey, I'm moving into a new apartment. My room is kinda big and I LOVE zebra print, have since I was a little girl. In the new room, I can't paint, what can I do on the walls that is not painting but decorating?
Following is a simple step-by-step decorating teen bedroom guide:
Establish a budget. Start by discussing how much you're willing to spend on her decorating teen bedroom project and then leave it to her to decide what will be spent on what. Your teen may have to do some comparison shopping in order to figure out how best to divvy up the budget.
If there's something your teen desires but it isn't within budget discuss how she may be able to contribute to the project with her own money either from working or from a savings account.
Also if you were planning on hiring out tasks like painting and stripping wallpaper discuss how doing these things yourselves may free up a little more cash for something extra like special lighting or Internet hook-up. That said both of the extras I just mentioned may also need to be installed by a professional and would add to the overall cost of your decorating teen bedroom project.
Discuss ground rules. Sit down with your teen and discuss any ground rules re: intense color schemes or unconventional teen bedroom furnishings.
Cheap but trendy. Capturing the look and feel of a designer teen bedroom can also be accomplished with inexpensive knockoffs. Sometimes it just takes a little more shopping around to find stylish look-alikes to the trendy items your teen favors.
Search for ideas. Guide your teen through the window shopping process by encouraging her to browse through magazines, books, and catalogues. She may also find some cool teen bedroom decorating ideas by watching decorating shows on TV and searching related websites.
Gather information. Suggest your teen keep notes re: names of patterns, colors and style numbers. Most interior design magazines these days include product information links and many decorating shows also have websites which give you more information about the products shown.
Your teen may want to start a decorating teen bedroom file that contains pages torn out of magazines and print outs of product information so she has everything together in one spot. If research is being done via books or catalogues that have to be returned be sure to supply her with a stack of sticky notes and suggest she tag any pages of interest. A small tote with a handle is great for keeping all research materials together.
Take measurements. Measuring up your child's teen bedroom should be a joint task. It's also a great opportunity to teach your teen how to take proper measurements and discuss things like inside or outside window mounts. Once you have your measurements don't forget to take them (and your measuring tape) along on any shopping trips.
For more tips on decorating kid and teen rooms and working with your children on decorating projects please visit my website: www.decorating-kids-rooms.net. You can also sign up for a free Kid Room Magazine.
hi!i can't decide on colors for my room. the way i envisioned it in my head looks like they would clash. i want the room to be BRIGHT, METALLIC, almost NEON-colored.what i have in mind is:
the biggest wall be colored hot pink, with a big metallic star in the center.
another wall lime green.
the next wall bright orange, and
a purple wall.
i am 13 and i was going to do my room in stars and moons but it seems to babyish what do u think
ok we are moving into a new house. i have a room that i absolutlly loved. it was bright color and polkadots. i am tired of polka dots and i am afraid when i get older i am gonna be sick of bright colors too! and i know i love zebra print and i have for a long time. but i dont know how to mix bright colors with zebra print, like what should be what on my bedding and stuff. please help!
I want to decorate my room in alot of funky bright colors but i don't know where the colors should go and how to decorate it.
I'm a 13 year old girl, and i'm thinking of redecorating my room. I'm thinking of having it like sorta modern, with the colours red, black and white. but i have no idea how i'm going to decorate everything and that. can anyone help me?
Beaded curtains are great for a teen bedroom. Try www.shopwildthings.com they ship fast and there are hundreds of colors.
Well, I am currently redecorating my new room, and my friends and I are pretty artistics and we paint pretty cool stuff on the walls. Well, in my new room, I'm doing a "jungle" theme. It looks super hot. But I want to do zebra print on the ceiling. Any website with some zebra prints tips?
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Hey i am a 15 year old girl..i love music..acting,singing,i like to play soccer,tennis,golf, and i like to surf,i talk on the phone a lot, and i have a computer in my room..and i love it! i just recently painted my room its a light blue and a light pink. i like to take picture and hang things on my wall i love to han out with my friends..and i need soem help redecorating my room...thanks Ashley!
I have a fairly large room with a bathroom conected the bathroom is also conected to the hall (i share with my parent) and the bathroom is still decorated the same as in the 60s I hate it it has realy ugly wallpaper and my room is realy boring it hAS WHITE walls and pink carpet my mom says we cant paint but i hate my walls being so white and i have thought about border and i dont think it will do the trick . p.s. she said we can paint a little just not the whole room it would be to time consuming. if anyone has any ideas please help
You can decorate cheapy with pictures and with frabrics, Take some fabric an pin it up or tape it up with double sided tape. pick out neat pictures in a magazien and frame them an put it up somewhere it can stand up with out nails in wall
Hi! I am a 15 years old girl and me and my mom are looking for some ideas for redecorating my room. I am really into music, i love leapard and cheetah prints, I love angels, i love art, and i am into an old-fashioned look i guess like the 1800's (titantic old-fashioned style) I am seriously in desperate need of an new style for my room.. I have a fairly large room. Well, its the master bedroom in the house so I have a good amount of space but i want organization. I don't want it cluttered and messy. PLEASE HELP
I have a 14yr.old Boy, I am a single mom. My sons' room is in need of some serious help.
I hate the size is so small but, I have to deal with it for now. He is in need of some reorganizing that is simple enough for him,I think maybe there is too much in his room that is why it seems smaller.
He and I both want to redecorate and organize, painting is not an option but, he does like color . His favorit colors are red, navy blue, light blue, white and sunny yellow and gold yellow. He is athletic, loves cars, sport, music and art. How can I help him to make a choice on a style without his room looking out of order in style and color as well as space. Space is a big problem, we need organizing tool especially for his closet. The closet is long but narrow and he can only use half of it, the other half is used for storing our summer clothing, shoes and linens.
Teenagers , and their friends can be very creative. This would be a great project for them , and you, to collaborate on. Given a few ground rules, i.e. no black walls, etc anmd a reasonable budget, I would let them come up with a design. Then you can help make it happen.
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