One of my latest projects is helping a client transform her daughter's room into a sophisticated retreat. Today I thought I'd share some of the advice I have given on this process.
I'll start with the design concept I created for her....
Of the utmost importance is to involve the teen at every turn, this is about them after all. The space should reflect who that person is, what they need and what they love. This young woman was looking for a feminine, sophisticated space that reflected her love of fashion and her need for a soothing retreat.
Purchase or add pieces that have longevity. Well made doesn't necessarily mean new, Grandma's chair could be reupholstered or new life could be given to the chest that Dad had when he was a kid. A classic, but stylish bed frame/ headboard, you get the idea. A comfortable mattress is key, it's time to invest in one to support that growing, changing body. Every piece could potentially be part of your teen's first apartment so keep that in mind.
Storage...and more storage. Teenagers have lots of stuff...clothing, mementos, sports equipment, etc it needs to have a place to go otherwise it will be all over the floor (which honestly, if my own kids are any indication, that's where it is likely to land anyway!)
A place to lounge. This might be a nook or a desk, a chair, large pillows, etc. for when friends come over, for reading, studying or sulking.
Artwork with meaning. In the room above, my client is a girl with an interest in designer fashion so we added the framed fashion illustrations. But maybe your teen is a budding photographer or a huge sports fan, while you want to skip the theme, make sure to inject meaning.
Have you recently done a teenager's bedroom? I'd love to hear if you have anything to add.....
Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design? I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."
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