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Teen Tested, Adult Approved


When they are kids their bedroom is a castle of imagination, but as they enter their transformative teen years, their bedroom morphs into a private sanctuary to take refuge when the trials of growing up are challenging them. A bedroom makeover will not only be a new bonding experience for both of you, but it will also be a fantastic learning experience for your teen!

The Inspiration || Sit down with your teen and talk inspiration. How far are you willing to let them go to transform this space? Maybe it’s just a matter of switching up the furniture and décor or maybe painting will be involved too. Create a mood board to organize style ideas; Pinterest is a spectacular tool for this project as you both can pin to the same board and share your thoughts!

The Budget || Once your teen has settled on a design that you both agree on, set a budget for them to stay within. Like a real-life game of monopoly, this will teach them what they can do with the resources available and the best way to allocate them. Maybe they’ll just end up with a new bedroom set because they fell in love with one that consumes their entire budget! Either way they will learn the valuable lesson of what to splurge on and what to save on in order to achieve the completed design.

The Execution || Alas, it is time to put the design in motion! Many lessons are learned in this phase from painting techniques to flow of design, but one of the most important is the art of taking proper measurements. When in doubt, measure twice. This is why inspiration boards are so important too – if that dream bed doesn’t fit then your teen will already have a backup plan in place! Before buying any furniture, create a mock layout to get an idea of how the room will flow. The same rule applies when it’s time decorate the walls – arrange the pieces on the floor before hanging them on the wall so you have a visual guide.


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