The "tween" phase of life marks the transition from childhood to the teenage years. Children in this phase are usually not completely ready to let go of many of their child-like room decorations and toys, but they also crave a room with a more grown-up style. With a little care and planning, you'll be able to design a room that will allow your tween transition from a child to a teenager with fun and style.
Adding a Touch of Panache to Old Favorites
Just because your child is growing up doesn't necessarily mean they are ready to let go of all their favorite toys. If your tween has a favorite bedroom theme or some beloved possessions that they cannot bear to part with, then you'll need to find a way to incorporate these items into their new room design. Many times it's just a case of toning down a theme, retaining the important features while discarding the more childish details. For example, a collection of favorite teddy bears which are no longer played with can still serve as decorative items on a shelf. The same is true with model cars or baseball cards. When moved from the toy box into a display case, they can easily make the transition from toys to collectibles. Toys can actually add a great deal of style and decor to a room's overall design.
A Fresh Color Palette
Color can be easily used to add a more sophisticated and grown-up look to awesome tween rooms. If your girl previously had a pink bedroom, try repainting with a fresh apricot shade or a stylish lime green. If she really loves pink, you can update the room by using a brighter shade for the walls. Then, add accessories and accents in white and lime green, or black and white. The look will be modern, fresh and perfect for a girl who is approaching her teenage years. Boys are often fond of subdued shades, such as blue, brown, khaki, green, and cream. These colors can become the backdrop for a room with an outdoorsy look, which is a very popular decorating theme for boys. If he has a favorite sports team, this could serve as the inspiration for the color scheme as well as the style of decor. You can also create interesting and funky bedroom walls by using dark or bold colors, which are often a favorite for this age group.
Ingenious Furniture Creations
You can help your tween add a personalized touch to their newly decorated room by getting them involved in the furnishing process. Kids usually love creative and unusual things, so you can often repurpose older pieces of furniture in new and exciting ways. For example, an old steamer trunk could be a great addition to a boy's room. If you have an old wooden chest of drawers, give it a fresh coat of paint in a coordinating color and your child will have plenty of great looking storage space in their new room. It's also important to include a desk in a child's room, so that they have a private area to study and do their homework. Sturdy older desks often have a great deal of charm and style, and can be a great choice for a tween's room after adding a new coat of paint.
This article was written by Alyssa Davis of Metal-Wall-Art.com who specializes in creating stylish interiors with outdoor metal wall art and butterfly wall art.
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