Kids grow up so fast. It probably seems like only yesterday that your boy was a baby; now he towers over you! And just as a teenage boy seems to outgrow his sneakers overnight, he also outgrows his childhood bedroom. So once your son has put the teddy bears and toy cars away, use these tips to create a bedroom he will love.
While your son may be content with milk-crate bookshelves and posters on the walls, his room should reflect his personality. Involve him in the decorating process. Have him choose the theme and colors, and let the things he’s enthusiastic about guide the decor. That way the space will be truly his.
Here are five easy upgrades:
Walls – The quickest way to add oomph to a room is to cover one wall with a bold mural or large, unframed picture – maybe a blow-up of a photo he’s taken himself! Make a visual statement with an image of an activity or hobby he’s passionate about. Sports, music, space, technology; the choices are as broad as his interests.
Floors – Hardwood stands up to “teenage boy energy.” It’s versatile and easy to clean. Top it with thick area rugs, beanbag chairs and large throw pillows so he and his friends can stretch out on the floor and hang.
Furniture – It doesn’t need to be fancy. He’ll probably be happy with a simple bed frame, or even a mattress on the floor – the economical choice! He’ll need a larger desk and a good-quality chair for studying. Make sure there are open shelves for books, personal items, trophies and memorabilia. And don’t forget plenty of containers to hide clutter!
Linens – Add new, “grown-up” looking bed linens and curtains. Most boys prefer dark colors: black, gray, and navy. Add contrast with white or light gray accents. And if your son is a late sleeper, don’t forget the shades or blackout drapes!
Technology – Teenage boys have lots of electronic devices. Keep things neat, efficient, and safe by making sure his room has enough uncluttered landing space for all his electronics and their chargers.
With these tips, you and your teenage boy can make his bedroom a stylish place to study, develop hobbies, and hang out with friends. A teenager’s room should be more than just a place to sleep. Above all, it should be a personal space – a world all his own – where he can relax and just be himself.
About The Author:
Larisa McShane founded Larisa McShane and Associates in 2003. Since then, the firm’s unique design work has won many prestigious awards. Larisa immigrated to the United States in 1994. She holds a Master’s degree with honors in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis in Architecture from Dnepropetrovsk University, Ukraine. For 15 years Larisa worked in the design and construction industry on government hospitality projects in Crimea. She earned a Master’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Interior Design from Drexel University in 2003.