How to Transform a Kid’s Room into a Teen’s Room

It’s hard seeing your little ones grow up, but redesigning and personalizing your teenager’s space can be a bonding experience for the two of you! Check out these pointers for a successful room makeover.

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Repainting your existing wall color is the first step to updating your kid’s space. The baby blue or soft pink paint color you originally chose is going to read childish to your teen. Try repainting three walls a neutral color and paint the fourth wall a fun, bold color. Having a colorful accent wall will make a statement in your teen’s room. Navy, Plum, Aqua, and dark teal are just a few colors to consider. Other popular options include taping off a pattern, such as chevron or large rugby stripes, for a contemporary accent wall.

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Play with Furniture

For pre-existing furniture, it’s important to do as much rearranging as possible to make the bedroom appear new. Try placing the bed against the opposite wall or, preferably, your new accent wall. You can also attach a headboard for a more sophisticated look.

And with your child growing up, their bedroom should really be multi-functional. If it’s in your budget and your space allows it, bring in a desk and bookcase, small vanity, or beanbags and trundle bed for when friends come over. These changes will help him or her feel more grown up.

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Buy new Bedding

By switching out your child’s bedding, your room transformation will truly come to life. Try coordinating the bedding colors with the accent wall to tie the room together. Tie-dye and graphic patterned comforters, ruched duvets and sports themed quilts are very popular among teens. Reversible bedding and a few sets of sheets, introducing like colors, are ideal because they offer options to your new teen. Be sure to bring in matching shams and decorative throw pillows in assorted sizes and patterns to build contrast.

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Bring in new décor

For finishing touches, update the room’s décor. Work in floor length curtains for a dramatic touch, a matching area rug to ground the space and decorative hooks for hats and bags. If your son or daughter have a favorite poster, frame it rather than using pushpins, as this will instantly give the room a more finished look. Galvanized letters and wall decals are also fun to incorporate. Set an initial on a shelf or spell out a word such as “believe” or “wish.”

And don’t forget about your lighting! Try and replace any animal lamp bases for more mature ones. Target has a large selection of lamp bases and shades you can mix and match. Many teens love the idea of hanging string lights around their windows. I’ve even seen kids wrap them around their metal bed frames—so innovative!

Check out our Pinterest board, Kid Friendly Spaces, for more inspiration! This post was created by Erica.

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