The thing about the holidays is that when you’re not going to work or the kids aren’t at school, you suddenly find yourself spending even more time in your home, which can really highlight any areas you’re not happy with. Add to this our seemingly innate desire to make changes at the start of the New Year and what you have on your hands is a burning desire to get stuck into some kind of home décor project. If your teen has been begging you to update their room for sometime and now that it’s covered in the spoils of Christmas it seems more like a good idea, read on for some top tips on how to tackle one of the trickiest of makeovers.
1) Agree a budget
Teens can be fantastically creative and imaginative when it comes to bedroom decorating ideas, which can sometimes lead to disagreements about mounting costs. Agree a makeover budget before you get started and discuss any furniture that really needs replaced. Switching a single bed to a double is a popular teen request but if they’re also bartering for a new TV in their room or new wallpaper – why not tell them what their total budget is and let them prioritise? That way they get used to making difficult choices. Plus, there’s always the option for them to purchase items that aren’t must-haves using Christmas or birthday money or saving pocket money.
2) Be clever with colours
Teens tend to plump for bold bright colours or dangerously dark ones and while it can be tempting to try and mute their choices if you’re able to paint the walls you should be able to be a little more flexible. Yes, brick red walls do take a little more covering but thankfully paint tends to be cheaper than wallpaper and if you can be accommodating with their colour choices, you’ll hopefully win a lot of goodwill when it comes to the rest of the project.
3) Cover it with care
Thanks to the gradually diminishing popularity of magazines, which have been replaced by vlogs and Instagram in the affections of many teens, free A4 posters aren’t quite as popular as they once were, which is great news for your walls. However, there’s still a chance you may have larger more professional posters to contend with. If that’s the case, suggest purchasing clip frames that you can easily swap posters in and out of as their tastes change, protecting more of your wall surface areas as a result. If they like to have collages of their friends on display check out some of the sites that allow you to upload Instagram snaps, Photobox is one of the big names. These can be printed onto cute Polaroid size cards you can hang on coloured strings with clips or transferred onto canvas. If they’d like something a little artsy on the walls, look at large inexpensive collections of canvas prints available from retailers like Vanillart.
The DIY abilities of your teen might not be up to much but learning how to paint is a useful life skill, so make sure you get them involved in the doing of the project as well as the planning. From prepping the area through to the clean up afterwards, involve them in the changes and you may well save your future self time when they move into their own place! Learning how to put up shelves and paint walls is incredibly useful and if they show some DIY flair, why not up the stakes a little and upcycle some furniture or suggest some crafting? You might be surprised how keen they are to stamp some of their own character on their personal space.
5) Orchestrate some organisation
In truth, the messy teen is a bit of a cliché and there are probably just as many clean freaks out there as there are mess monsters. However, if you happen to live with the latter type of specimen, makeovers are a great opportunity to introduce a bit more organisation. If you’re moving or changing furniture, suggest sorting out clothes that can be taken to charity shops or better still, sold at car boot sales or on apps like Shpock. Funds raised could even go towards the bedroom makeover, meaning they end up with more bedroom lust haves as well as must haves!
Is your teen a messy puppy or do they keep their room as clean as a whistle? How would you feel about letting them loose with a paintbrush?