My son may not be like most other boys – at least not stereotypically! You see, he doesn’t like a messy room and insists on clean bookshelves with only the basic necessities – a Webster’s dictionary, a framed photo of himself in his football uniform, a signed basketball and several trophies he’s earned from various sports – that’s it!
So when he took over his sister’s pink and yellow bedroom a few years back, I asked him what color he’d like to paint. “You can paint anything you want as long as it isn’t loud,” he said. Wanting to please my young minimalist, I chose a gentle, but warm beige paint accompanied with white wood blinds for his windows. I then sewed panel curtains in soft beige and black stripes. Sophisticated, but understated, I decided. Keep these points in mind when you go to decorate your teenage son’s room:
2. Oversized pillows go a long way for kids to lounge on.
3. Create one focal point: most kids’ bedrooms are average to small in size so don’t overwhelm the eye with too many distractions. In my son’s room, we made an old walnut-stained desk the main attraction
4. Use neutral paint tones as a comfortable backdrop
5. Use accessories to showcase your son’s attributes and passions. In my son’s case we used a grown-up sports theme – a signed basketball, a signed baseball bat, a framed jersey etc. Curtains or panels add a warm touch to any bedroom. Use fabric even when you use blinds for the main window covering.
6. Consult resources like www.teen-bedrooms.com for some great ideas.
Yes, that little boy of mine is growing up. And even at 6’4”, he is still reminiscent of that little boy who just a few years ago wanted his bedroom to look like a pirate ship. But not anymore! He has transitioned to a sophisticated, tranquil design taste that is suggestive of his corner office about ten years from now!