Did you wake up one day and realize your child is now a pre-teen? That their interests are also changing as fast as they are? Whether you like it or not, your little ones are growing up. They are developing their own styles and opinions. What they like and dislike. And they want their bedrooms to reflect that.
Your kiddos are also at an age when they are busy with multiple activities, so storage is crucial when considering bedroom design. Another essential element is to plan a new study area as their school activities pick up. Here are simple tips for updating your growing child’s bedroom. They are fun to do, and they won’t break the bank.
Seven Ways to Update Your Pre-Teen’s Bedroom
Honor Your Pre-Teen’s Personality
Decide on a theme. It’s important to honor your pre-teen’s personality by selecting a theme that best reflects them. Whether it is choosing a color palette or a specific style, you want the room to feel cohesive. Doing so will also help give direction when shopping for new furniture and accessories. One way to find their theme is to collect pictures of items and spaces they like, both from magazines and online websites.
Decide What Stay and What Goes
Rearrange the furniture that you have. Go through the room and decide what furniture can stay and what new furniture needs to be purchased. You may be surprised that you can keep most of the furniture if you move it to a different location or update it with more contemporary accents. Changing the bed’s location can create a different flow to the room and make it feel larger. A simple change such as replacing the hardware or painting it can give a dresser a whole new look.
Storage is a Key Element
Storage is a crucial element for any pre-teen’s bedroom. As they are involved in many activities, they will want to have the ability to display and store their cherished items. You can add storage by constructing built-in shelving, purchasing a tall bookshelf, adding wall-mounted floating shelves (either on one wall or along the perimeter of the walls), and purchasing a bed frame with drawers underneath. You can also purchase hanging baskets for the walls, add hanging pegs or hooks on the back of doors, and hang fruit baskets from the ceiling. Using full-sized dressers to double as both a side table and dresser also works.
A Place to Study
Place a comfortable table and chair to encourage good study habits; this homework area should be well lit and in a place with little distraction. A desk with drawers and overhead storage is a bonus too. Desks should have enough room to spread out homework and textbooks. Corkboards, chalkboard paint, or whiteboards are good ways to frame a desk. They also provide a space to hang schedules and important papers.
Paint is the Easiest and Least Expensive
Update the room’s color. Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to change the look of any space. Do the colors on the walls seem too juvenile? Paint swatches from hardware stores can help you decide which color will look best, and you can also sample the paint beforehand to make sure it’s what your pre-teen wants. Picking the wall color is one of the last steps in the design process, as you would match it to the fabrics and bedding selection. If you don’t want to commit to painting the entire room a different color, consider only adding an accent wall. Doing so makes a bold statement and pulls in the new colors.
You Need Good Lighting
Update the lighting. You need both good tasks and ambient lighting. Lamps on the bedside tables and desk are fantastic for task lighting and add sophistication and style to the room. A chandelier or ceiling light fixture with ample light output is an excellent source of ambient lighting. Consider adding a neon sign in a word or phrase of their choice – this will encourage their individuality and illuminate the space. String lights are also another wonderful way to add warmth and ambiance.
Have Them Choose Accessories
Have fun with accessories. Let them select their accessories such as pillows, art, mirrors, throws, or a rug. These items are easy and inexpensive to add, and allowing them to select their own makes it even more personal. It will enable them to think through what they want and plan their space. There are no specific rules for accessories, and these elements are the perfect way to allow them to get creative. Having fun with bold colors and patterns is one way to make a statement without breaking the bank. Let their imagination go wild!
No matter your pre-teen’s style, these easy update ideas will help create a space they will grow into and love!
Written by Jany Lee
Jany Lee Design
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