March 13, 2020
A Cool Teen Room Doesnt Have to Break the Bank
A teen room needs to be a reflection of her personality, so it is only fitting that the bulk of the decorating should fall on her shoulders. You should help with the initial discussions and planning stages, but once the decisions have been made, your teen needs to take over.Of course you dont want the project to turn into a money nightmare so set limits from the get-go. Go over the budget with your teen, and come up with the cheapest way to get the right look. Your best bet is to use lots of paint and bargain or thrift store itemsthen let your teen go wild.The walls should be a blank canvas where your teen can show her true personality. Paint is so cheap and the colors are endless so there will be quite a bit of room for originality. If you dont have the means to completely change the walls, then borders, stencils, stamps and potato/sponge painting are all good ways to add character to a room without doing a complete wall makeover.Multi-functional furniture is another way to save money. Buy stackable wooden crates or cubbies to be used as shelves, storage and a place for knick-knacks and books. Many times you can find these at thrift or discount stores and that is okay, because your teen can repaint or stain them and decorate the sides with appliqus and stencils.Shelves are a lifesaver when it comes to making extra room and keeping things off the floors. Purchase cheap metal brackets and pieces of wood from the lumber store and let your teen paint or varnish the wood before attaching to the wall. When it comes to a teen room, there can never be enough shelving space.Changing the headboard on the bed can make a dramatic change to a room. The easiest way for your teen to do this is to apply panels of fabric, wallpaper or use stencils that can be placed on the wall directly behind the head of the bed. Take the theme one step further and sew sheets that match the wall pattern or sew strips of the same fabric that is used on the wall onto a comforter or blanket to complete the look. Your local hobby shop or decorating store should be able to tell you what type of adhesive you can use to adhere the fabric to the wall.If you have a creative teen you can purchase dollar store items that can be manipulated into really cool stuff for the walls, or to be used as shelf decorations. Candles, vases, rocks, incense, baskets, frames, silk flowers and stencils can all be purchased at the dollar stores and used to create a room that is unique.It doesnt have to cost a lot of money in order to give your teen a room to be proud of; it just takes imagination and some elbow grease to make the magic happen.
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