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Including teens in their room design teaches value and style

May 17, 2013

Letting teenagers have a say in how their bedrooms are decorated is a good parenting move. But an even better move is teaching young people the value of classic design features like beautiful Brevard hardwood flooring by Anderson Floors. That way they'll know the difference between fads with a short shelf life and long-lasting value.

"As kids grow up, it's really important to enable them to make decisions regarding the colors and decor in their rooms," Aimee Beatty, Pier 1 Imports' in-house stylist, told the Detroit Free Press."It's  an opportunity for them to express their individuality."

Give them a choice
Decorating for the long term in a teenager's room may seem like a contradiction since the years fly by quickly. But choosing classic patterns and versatile colors during the adolescent stage will likely have staying power as the teen years progress.

Start by avoiding neon colors that will wear out their welcome quickly and giving teens a choice of toned-down hues for the wall color. Then the selection of accent shades they like can begin. Whatever their choice, parents will save themselves some energy by choosing a wall paint that can stand up to constant changes in posters and photo displays.

Bedding rules
Since the bed is a major part of a teen's retreat, the bedding colors should be picked before other furnishings. It may also determine whether an accent wall color is needed as a backdrop.

Navy, deep brown or hunter green set off by plaids is a traditional look for a boy's room, as are florals for girls. For the teenager with an avant garde streak, stripes and jewel tones may be the thing. Buying budget-conscious bed linens allows teens to have dramatic colors that can be replaced in a couple of years.

Grown-up furniture
Repurposing furniture with a paint job and new hardware can give childhood furnishings a grown-up look that will carry into late teen years. Parents should also consider adding storage as a young adult's collections, sporting equipment and school-related items multiply. Putting in a new closet system with some decorative storage cubes is one way to go.

Adding whimsy
Most kids have no interest in chic, high-end looks, opting instead for free-spirited styles. The way to accommodate that is to let them create their own look with accessories and novelty furnishings such as beanbag chairs, odd-shaped lamps and a pile of pillows to sprawl on when friends come over.