There seems to be a time in every girl’s life when they want to redecorate their bedroom. It would be one thing if this came around once but it seems to roll around every few years. The hardest time is the period in their life when they’ve started to outgrow the little kid stuff but they still aren’t quite into teenager stuff – the tween years.
The problem many parents face is how to decorate their daughter’s room in a manner that is both age appropriate, suits their daughter’s sense of style, and won’t ruin their budget.
The first thing the parent needs to understand is that they are going to have to consult with their daughter about the project. Just because she is still a long way from adulthood, doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t have some say in the place where she is going to be spending a great deal of time. Parents often seem to think that when it comes to decorating they know what their daughter will like better than she does. Not all tween girls want to have a pink area rug on the floor. Nor are all tween girls obsessed with horses and boys. The whole point of decorating the room is so it will reflect your daughter’s more individualized taste.
The best place to start is with the wall colors. There are two ways parents can handle this. They can either let their daughter pick whatever color she wants, even if it is something they themselves cannot stand or they can give their daughter a list options and let her pick her favorite. One way is not better than the other, but it is important that the parent’s remain consistent. If they told their daughter she could pick the paint color, they need to stick to the decision, even if they hate the color she chooses.
The floor is the next thing that needs to be considered. Most parents are reluctant to change the flooring. If the floor is already carpeted, they would like it to stay that way and ditto if it is a hardwood floor. A good compromise is the addition of a few area rugs. Laying a modern area rug on the floor is an excellent and relatively inexpensive way for the tween to change the appearance of the floor. The parent’s should allow their daughter to pick out whatever modern area rug she desires, no matter how gaudy it might be, just make sure she sticks to the budget.
Other additions that will make your daughter’s bedroom feel more grown up is a desk. As she gets older she will have more homework and the desk is the best place for her to get this work done. The desk will also give the bedroom a more grown up feeling.
Many tween girls also like to have a small sitting area where they can hang out with their friends. This usually doesn’t have to be anything to fancy. Most girls are happy with a couple of chairs that are artfully bunched on an area rug.
When parents and their tween daughter’s work together on the decorating project, the final result is usually something that both parties are very happy with.
Sarah has at long last chosen seasonal decor ideas for the do she is holding. She’s picked glowing blue and white with a candle table centerpiece that will enhance the ocean scene coming from her dining area window.