With the Teen Diva now a high school senior, this Mom has mused about where all the time has gone. It seems such a short time ago that her favorite activity was chasing the white moth that fluttered through our yard, seemingly every day just after lunch time or giggling in delight at being discovered during a game of hide and seek. What an adventures to watch her grow and change, her taste and preferences changing along with her age. From Peter Rabbit to fairies and princesses, to bright and colorful to the boldest neon colors.
Of course, blinding lime and pink was so last year, or so I've been told.
Although we will miss the Diva (and her hormones) terribly,despite knowing that she will be off to college in the fall, I have no trouble at all in re-decorating her room, especially as the theme her heart desires is much less painful to the eye. In fact, I am very much looking forward to returning her raspberry door to its original cherry stain and dressing the walls in a more neutral tone.
Aside from stripping and re-staining her door, the rest of her room will be easy to convert with a few simple tricks. Adding to the immediate benefit of new decor pieces purchased to dress her room now, most she'll be able to take with her to college in the fall, to dress her dorm room. That is certainly a win in this Mom's book as we'll be knocking out two needs in one, staying ahead of the game and will prove a kindness to our budget.
What is this enticing neutral based teen theme of which I speak?
Although animal prints are not my first choice in home decor, it is most definitely tops on the Teen Diva's list. Note the lovely warm honey color in this plush Woodgrain Tigress selection from Mohawk Home, a zebra bordered and cheetah area rug. It is the perfect color to pull for painting her walls, as well as a color the whole family will enjoy in future years.
Now that we've found this wonderful floor covering, pulling together easy accents to spread the theme throughout her room will be simple and relatively inexpensive.
Easy Decor Solutions For Teen Rooms
Determine your room's decor inspiration
Once identified, explore for a focal piece to serve as the base for the rest of your room's design and color scheme. In a bedroom, this may be a patterned area rug, a gorgeous bedspread or comforter or perhaps framed art. Consider colors when choosing this piece as the rest of your new additions will need to compliment it.
Keep it simple
Although a skilled designer's eye can find a way to blend a variety of patterns in a room, know that your teen's taste will change in a short period of time. Adding bold elements in ways that are non-permanent, as well as quick and inexpensive, are often the best solutions to creating the new decor theme.
Wait before you paint
With many home improvement and paint stores offering the ability for customers to create a custom color by matching another decor item, as well as the vast selection of paint colors available, select your new floor covering and bed coverings before setting your sights on a particular paint swatch.
Simple sewing projects
Your teen may have an extravagant plan in mind for their new decor and there is no better way to keep it "real" and realistic than to involve them in the process. Simple curtains, sheers, pillowcases, throw pillows and blankets are easy projects, even for the most novice seamstress and teen. Creating decor items together can be a fun project to share and you'll find a wider selection of fabric choices, both in stock as well as available to order from your local fabric store and through online sources.
Little Touches Make A Big Difference
Whether you avail yourself to your crafting supplies or adhesives, adding complimentary accents to items in your teen's room can be budget and busy schedule friendly solutions that serve well in pulling the room's new look together. Take paint pens to a mirror or art frame, contact paper to a wastebasket, create a memory board with leftover fabric from your pillow or curtain project.
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I received product from Mohawk Home to explore for the purposes of this feature. The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences. Some images sources from Amazon.com.