How to decorate a teens bedroom is one of the most common questions
Ireceive. Especially for those on a budget, this can seem like adaunting task!
de roma fabric The Budget Decorator is here!Teen rooms are different for
kids rooms in that they should be treatedmore like an adult space, but with a
fun flair. Involve your child andcome up with a theme that helps to express who
they are. (NOT what youwant for them!) Be sure to give the theme a name, even is
itssomething like "Modern Plush in Blue", or "CountryPrincess" - whateverwill
give it life!Let your teen choose their colors, but give them some guidance. Buy
adecorating magazine, and have them choose a color theme out of thepages, or
surf decorating sites on the internet. That way, they feelthey have chosen
themselves, but you are assured you two have chosen aproven color scheme.Now,
use these quick ideas for transforming your teens room, on thecheap!
1.PAINT!!! Perhaps a teens room is the most important room you
couldconsider painting. Teens are very sensitive to color, and they aremuch more
free with their sense of adventure. Use a bolder color onthe wall behind the
bed, and you have instant drama and a great focalpoint! (Teens LOVE instant
gratification, the paint will be one oftheir favorite parts of the decorating
project!) Cost of paint: around$12.
2. Bedding. The bed is usually the focal point of the room, and afavorite
hangout spot for teens to read, do their fingernails, talk onthe phone - so it
definitely deserves some attention. An easy waytoupdate bedding on a budget is
to create covers for the old comforters.You can do this quite easily with two
flat sheets the same beddingsize as the comforter. Flat sheets are cheap, you
can pick up twinsize at your local discount store for less than $5! Sew the
sheetswrong side together on three side leaving one short side open. Turnright
side out, the add Velcro, ribbons, or snaps to the inside of theshort end.
Insert the old comforter, and close! Easy, quick, andcheap! Throw pillows can
easily be made out of flat sheets as well.Try using bright, funky colors on the
bedding to make a realstatement. Cost of four twin sheets for comforter cover
andpillow - $20.
3. Windows. Light control and privacy can best be met in a teens roomswith
vinyl mini blinds - they are cheap, and easily replaceable. If anextra boost of
color or softness is desired, add simple curtain panelsover the blinds. Keep it
simple here, fussiness is rarely a qualityteens are looking for in their rooms.
Remember those cheap sheets?These are great for sewing curtains because of their
large size - nopiecing panels of fabric together. You also don't need to
worryaboutquality of fabric as much as color, after all, the blinds are
reallyproviding the light control. Cost of sheets or blinds - less than$10.
4. Accessories. Punch up a teens room with some funky details to adddrama
and style. Pick up some cool (and maybe a little tacky) fringeor beading from
the clearance table at the craft store, and gluearound the bottom edge of the
lampshade, the hems of the curtains,even onto shelf edging. Save all those free
cd's from Aol and thelike, and then turn them over to the clean side and glue to
the frameof a mirror, or to cover a closet door. Glue together in anoverlapping
fashion to make faux frames for all your kids inevitableposters. Pick up wooden
letters from the craft store in theirinitials, or to create a significant word
or phrase, then paint one ofthe brighter accent colors of the room and hang over
the bed, window,or doorway. Use old sports equipment picked up at a yard sale
ascurtain rods, hat racks, or magazine holders. Even hung on the wall asan art
grouping, sports memorabilia can be meaningful for a sportsbuff. Total cost -
can be done for less than $15.
5. Finally, personality. Inject your child's own specialpersonalityinto his
special place. Hang those ribbons and certificates, frame afew personal photos
of family vacations, or find a shelf for thosespecial stuffed animals they
aren't quite ready to part with justyet.Use this opportunity to recognize your
childs individual gifts, andcelebrate them.