You would do anything to have a day with your little princess, but your sassy teen is a teen, nonetheless. It’s time to depart from the pink fluffy clouds and the miles of lace. Transform her room into a lair of sophistication. Celebrate the woman she is becoming with a room designed just for her. You may even spend more time together as you can’t get enough of her space.
If your daughter has been drawing on walls and scribbling out novels on your walls for years, give her a paintbrush and let her turn that room into an artist’s studio. Flip through books of famous paintings and artists at the library. Ask your daughter to select a few of her favorites. Choose three bold colors that are common among the art pieces. Paint half of the walls one color and half another color. Purchase a bed set in the third color. Decorate the bed with shams of coordinating colors. Frame copies of the art pieces as well as your daughter’s own art pieces and cover the walls in them. Set up an easel and bookcase filled with books on art history and theory, as well as paint sets, charcoals and other pieces. Hang a clothesline across one corner to give the artist a place to dry and display pieces as they are finished.
If your daughter has a lot of spirit, let her room reflect that. Choose a color palate based on her favorite sports team, either the one she plays for, her school or her dream college. Don’t limit yourself to the single mascot colors, but use the hues around them. For instance, if the team is navy and gold, use a lighter blue or lighter yellow on the walls or flooring and darker ones for the bedding. Install, shelving overhead to store and display equipment of off-season sports. Put a locker or cubby in the corner for any equipment she is currently using. Decorate the walls with oversized pictures of herself playing sports and pendants of her favorite schools. Look for vintage posters of the sports and colleges she likes.
Fashionistas need a space just for them. Look for a bed with or install bed posts and a luxurious headboard. Choose neutral hues, such as black and white, with splashes of her favorite colors. Decorate the walls with couture French paintings or replications of vintage fashion magazine covers. Set a mirror behind her desk to transform it into a vanity. She can feel like a glamor queen while doing her English homework. Place a dress form in the corner to let her set up her outfit each day and a full-length mirror in another corner so she can show off her wardrobe.
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