Transform a Teen Space for the Future

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Give that teen space a quirky update without breaking the bank. Sarah Keenleyside gives us her quick DIY tricks, plus tips on how to design with the future in mind.

1. Washi Tape

This tape comes from Japan and is similar to masking tape. It's inexpensive, and comes in an array of colors and patterns. You can use washi tape on painted walls without damaging the paint. You can also use it on basic household items to dress them up or create a fun DIY gallery wall with framed washi-taped images.

2. Decorative Paper

Think of using a bold decorative paper (like wrapping paper or Japanese paper) in an unexpected way. Update an old furniture piece like a side table or cut a piece to fit under glass. Just use double-sided tape to get it to stick on the wall or you can take it a step further and seal it to furniture with mod podge.

3. Fabric Markers

Permanant paint markers are very affordable and can be found at your local craft store. Get your teenager to make their own doodles and designs on their bedding that they'll be proud to show off. They work really well on any kind of fabric. Simple white pillow cases are great since they act like a blank canvas. Don't forget to use a piece of cardboard underneath so that the ink doesn't transfer to the other side!

Design With Longevity in Mind

Invest in the Right Pieces

If you're going to create a cool teen bedroom, make sure to invest in the right pieces that can stay with the room once your teen goes off to college.

Start with a Key Piece

Here we chose a contemporary button-tufted headboard that is taller than average so it creates more of an impact. It's upholstered in a mid tone gray velvet so it can take on a feminine or masculine feel based on the accessories.

Don't Be Afraid of Matte Black

Don't be afraid to paint a teenagers room black. This flat matte black paint can act as a chalkboard wall and it helps colorful accessories stand out. Inexpensive red lighting cords on brackets give the look of pendants but don't have to be drilled in, which saves on electrical work. Remember, this isn't your room, so let your teen's personality shine through with fun accessories. Think of using skateboard decks as a shelf and adding lots of fun, colorful pillows.

Think Retreat, Retreat, Retreat!

When it comes to guest rooms, think retreat, retreat, retreat! Guests should feel pampered and as though they are sleeping in a boutique hotel. Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone when designing this space. This toile wallpaper really sets the luxurious tone, and the bright, bold, blue accents in the pillows and duvet really make a statement. Accessories like individual lamps on the simple Parsons side tables, magazines and candles will ensure your guests feel like they are being taken care of.

Sources:

Headboard Camila House, Teak Side Tables Queen West Antiques, Boys Pillows Teb Interiors, Skateboards Hogtown Extreme, Lumberjack Blanket North Standard Trading Post, Pillow Inserts, Wooden Bracket Ikea, Red Lights, White Side Tables, Table Lamps, Bedding West Elm, Blue Guest Throw Feather Factory, Wallpaper Manuel Canovas, La Musardiere, Colour: Berlingot, Code Primavera, Paint Benjamin Moore, Twilight Zone (2127-10)

 

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