If you are absolutely terrified by the prospect of entering your teenage boy’s bedroom, then don’t worry, you’re in good company with the rest of us. When you eventually get brave enough to decide to venture into it, probably to collect that mountain of unwashed clothing that has amassed on the floor, you’ll likely notice that it could do with a bit of a touch up.Don’t let your son’s bedroom get out of hand, he might like to live in a pigsty but it doesn’t mean everyone else in the house should have to stare at that dank cave every time they walk past it! Here are some of the key points of what to do (and what most definitely NOT to do) when you decide to bring a bit of life back into your teenage boy’s bedroom.
PROVIDE PLENTY OF STORAGE
You’ve heard the phrase “out of sight, out of mind”, right? Well fill your son’s room with plenty of storage space and you’ll never have to worry about a messy floor – or at least they’ll never have a legitimate excuse for why their stuff is laden all over it! There are plenty of storage hacks out there to ensure you’re never out of ideas when it comes to where to put everything.
INCLUDE A DESIGNATED WORKSPACE
Much as they will moan about it it’s a brutal fact of life, just like death and taxes, that teenagers must study. Help ease this eternal struggle on them by providing them with a workspace they’d be happy (or at the very least contented) to sit at. A nice desk and a comfy chair go a long way to ensure that that space will be somewhere they can get some work done without (much) complaint.
MAKE THE COLOURS CONTRAST
Nothing makes a room blander than the same dull colour spanning all four walls. Jazzing up your walls with some bolder colours, like black and white striped wallpaper, will help to brighten up their room. If you’re a bit strapped for cash, or simply can’t be bothered to wallpaper every wall, then you’d be surprised at the results you can achieve by simply adopting a feature wall!
GET COOL WALL PRINTS
Is a teenager’s room really their room if it isn’t filled with posters? Ask them what their favourite films and bands are and then get yourself on Etsy to find some great prints and canvas art so you can create a real sense of style in their room. No longer will you have to suffer looking at tatty posters when you can get them something both of you are proud to look at!
BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO IT
Have you ever considered putting some greenery into your son’s room? If not, you might want to start. Putting plants into a room can literally breathe life into it, and by life, we mean oxygen. You can also give them a bit of responsibility if it’s a plant they have to water – it can be like the pet you always promised to buy them!
FORGET ABOUT WINDOW SPACE
The window sill isn’t just the place where leftover cups of tea come to congregate, it’s a focal point of the room and therefore should be adorned with a few accessories to make it pop. A framed picture and some shrubbery can really help to make a drab window stand out a lot more – but don’t cram it with too much stuff or it will look awful!
LEAVE YOUR SON OUT OF THE PROCESS
Nothing screams ‘grown up parental resentment’ more than taking your child’s space which they live in and turning it into something that YOU want it to look like. Sure, you may get a few eye rolls when you tell them that you want to do up their room, but you’ll be surprised how much they pick up when you let them help you with the designing.