Everyone needs a little scenery change sometimes, and teenage girls are no exception. Whether she has a new hobby, hasn’t redecorated since she was a pre-teen or just wants to change things up, redecorating your teenage girl’s bedroom is a fun summer project that you can work on together. There are many styles to choose from, such as funky boho decor with a crystal sun catcher and wall tapestries. Regardless of the theme, redecorating can be fun yet overwhelming. If you need a little push to get going, consider the following tips on redecorating your teenage girl’s bedroom. These can help you start the process and stay motivated during the project.
Tips on Redecorating Her Room
One of the best ways to develop a deep, long-lasting relationship with your daughter is to spend quality time together. What better way to do that than working together to create a space for her where she can relax and be herself? That’s why redecorating her room together is a great idea and can create cherished memories for both of you. Keep these tips in mind as you work together to redecorate and end up with a finished product you’re both proud of.
- Brainstorm Ideas
Rather than jump into buying accessories or paint colors, a helpful tip for redecorating is sitting down with your teenager and brainstorming together. Try one of these effective brainstorming techniques to get your creative juices flowing. You’ll want to let her express the ideas she has and help her focus on a style. It’s a good idea to allow your teen to lead the brainstorm and only add suggestions if she seems stuck or asks for your advice. Teenage girls have a lot to say, but they don’t always know how to get it across, so brainstorming is good for the project, and it’s an excellent way for you to show her you respect her contributions.
- Set a Budget
Another tip for redecorating is to set a budget. You’ll want to do this sooner rather than later as you don’t want your teen to become obsessed with a style or particular accessory that you won’t be able to afford. Sit down with your teen and list out some of the items that she wants to include in her decor, and then set a cap on how much you’re able to put into the project. If your teen is old enough to work or has savings, discuss what her contribution might be. It is a good lesson for her to learn that redecorating and buying new things costs money and helps her practice budgeting for when she leaves for college or moves out on her own one day.
- Get Inspiration
This is the fun part! You and your daughter need to spend time gathering inspiration for her room. Look at pictures on Pinterest or helpful posts on home design blogs to get a sense of what she wants her room to look like. Does she enjoy whimsical cottage decor or dramatic accessories like crystal chandeliers and furry pillows? Or, does she prefer black and white photographs of famous cities or perhaps a bohemian chic look with lots of fabric and beaded lampshades?
Let her come to you with style inspirations for her room and, if she doesn’t know where to look, help direct her to websites or magazines that act as good resources. Most likely, though, she’s already got her inspiration, and she’ll be excited to share it with you if you are open to her ideas. Ensure you print out a picture or two to carry around with you when the two of you are shopping for her new decor, so you have a reference.
- Buy the Decor
You have a budget and visual inspiration for her room, and now it’s time to buy the decor. There are several ways to shop for accessories like pillows, comforters, wall art, lamps, tapestry blankets and even furniture if your project has a large budget. Visit the following type of stores to hunt down items that will turn your daughter’s room into a Pinterest-worthy photo op.
- Look for online coupons and unique finds.
- Thrift stores offer cheap, rare items that add personality to a room.
- Support your local economy and find distinctive decor at local shops.
- Look for stores or online shops with merchandise that empower girls.
- Get more bang for your buck with large discount stores that carry home goods.
It is also helpful to carry your inspiration images with you when you’re shopping for the decor. That way, the two of you can match items you see in the store to the inspiration picture. This avoids the ever-so-annoying experience of buying an accessory you love but finding out it doesn’t match the decor you’ve chosen once you get home.
- Put in the Work
Consult with your teen and find out when they’d prefer to put in the work. If your teen is in summer school or if they have camp activities, try to schedule the redecorating time on a day when they won’t be overly tired or grumpy. When the date arrives, ensure you and your daughter are wearing some comfortable clothes. Put on her favorite music and start taking down the old decor to make way for the new. Rearrange the furniture, paint the walls, hang new pictures, change the bedding, and replace the lampshades. Don’t forget to add inspirational wall art, cozy blankets and pillows and some fairy lights. If she has a desk in her room, give her some unique desk accessories or a cute planter to add a personal touch.
- Survey the Finished Product
After all of the laughter and sweat, it’s time to step back and admire your teamwork. It’s a good idea to step away together and grab a celebratory dinner or ice cream, and then head back to the house to look at her room with fresh eyes. Ask your daughter what she thinks and what her favorite part of the project was. Then, take a picture to share with her friends and maybe even post it online to inspire other mother-daughter pairs.
Enjoy the Space Together
After the team-building experience of redecorating your teen daughter’s room together, you can enjoy the space together. She’ll probably invite you into her new pad to have a chat or maybe even watch a movie sometime. You’ve scored cool mom points by taking the time to implement helpful redecorating tips like brainstorming, setting up a budget, shopping for decor together and bonding as a team so your daughter can feel comfortable and proud of the work you two have put into her new space.