Your kid has entered a new stage in their life, a stage you were dreading just as much as the terrible twos; they’re a teenager now. Suddenly they’ve decided that their bedroom isn’t good enough anymore. In their words, their bedroom “looks like it’s for a baby.”
Though it’s been a couple of years (okay, DECADES) since you were a teenager, you remember how awkward that stage was. You’re caught between being a child and an “adult,” (sometimes you still feel like Tommy and Chuckie from that episode of Rugrats when they’re grown-ups but really still babies) and no one seems to take you seriously. You’re developing a mind of your own, but it seems like no one respects your opinions. Your kid came to you just last week, furious that when they revealed who they would have voted for in the presidential election, their crazy tea partier aunt told them “someday they’ll learn.”
Some of us still feel the sting of adolescence, even years later. As a parent, you want your child to feel that they’re listened to, you want to make their teenage years as painless as possible. If redecorating their bedroom makes them happy, then it’s time to get down to business.
Before you do anything, you’ll need to sit down with your child and see how they want to redecorate their bedroom. Initially you might think that redecorating their bedroom when they’re at school would be a totally great surprise, but if you’re still looking at your kid like they’re eight-years-old, you’re probably going to decorate their space that way. It’s your kid’s room, they’ll have ideas about how they want it decorated. Sit down together and brainstorm theme ideas. Once you’ve compiled a list, whittle it down from there. When your child comes to you asking to have their room redone, they’re already going to have an idea of what they want to do. Listen to them. As long as the idea doesn’t promote unhealthy behavior, go for it.
Set a Budget
It’s funny how willing we are to spend money when it’s not our own. Your teenager won’t blink twice when choosing paint, bedding and a new rug for their bedroom. Your wallet on the other hand, well, it’ll find itself empty fast. After you and your teen have decided on the theme of their bedroom, discuss the budget and what you are willing to spend for the project. Make sure to do this before they’ve picked out all new bedroom furniture, else you’ll see their face fall as they slowly realize their dream bedroom is just that, a dream.
Invest in the Modern Treatment
Redecorating a bedroom costs money, and you don’t want your teen coming to you a month later saying they hate their new room. If you plan and orchestrate the redesign well, the new furniture (such as the bedframe, work desk or sitting chair) can travel with them to their first apartment and maybe even beyond. And when they move out, you’ll want the now vacant space to be relatively easy to turn into a guest room or home office. One way to make the decorating easy between living transitions is through the use of lighting. You’ll want a lighting fixture that looks good and works well in a space no matter how the space is decorated. Lighting design company Elk Lighting has managed to do just this. Mixing rustic, modern and the traditional aesthetic, they have designed lighting fixtures that work seamlessly in the design of every home and room, be it the kids’ room or Mom and Dad’s master bedroom. It’s easy to go with a cheap Target floor lamp, it takes know-how and style to go with Elk Lighting. Your kid is worth the investment.
Our surroundings impact our physical and mental well-being, make sure your kid is happy, say yes and help redecorate their bedroom, they deserve it.