Your daughter has hit her teenage years. As she’s discovering boys, parties and makeup, she’s outgrowing her bedroom too. Fluffy things, pink and dolls just aren’t cool anymore.
If you’re like most mothers, this is breaking your heart. You don’t want your little girl to grow up! But it’s inevitable. So rather than resist the process, indulge her request for a more mature room.
Look at the bright side – you’ll score yourself brownie points for being the best mom on the block. And you’ll need them as bargaining tools during the difficult years to come!
Going through some changes
The size of the bedroom transformation will depend on what you can afford. For this reason, the tips below are split into different sections – Small Change, Middle of the Month, and Big Spender. As you can tell, each section is suited to a specific budget. Start with whatever you have the funds for.
You’ll probably find that your daughter is feeling less attached to those soft toys on her bed these days. Instead of just tossing them to the side, make a donation to a children’s ward at a hospital or needy day care centre.
Anything with frills and fuss might be enjoying less attention as well. Move those items to a younger child’s bedroom, and replace them with more elegant pieces. For instance, swop frilled pillowcase for plain ones. The same goes for curtains. Tasselled lamp shades? Make them a thing of the past!
One last cheap change you can make is adding a full-length mirror to the room. Every teenage girl needs a mirror. How else would they inspect their look in the morning?
Middle of the Month
One other thing that every teenage girl needs is a space where they can experiment with makeup. Trying to stop them is futile, so you might as well go with the flow and create a corner where they can do so under your watchful eye. Either buy a new table or convert an existing one into a makeup counter. Don’t forget a mirror here too.
To keep mom happy, suggest a study corner as well. The amount of homework dished out increases exponentially during the teenage years, so your daughter will definitely need one. It doesn’t have to be boring. You can keep the space feminine with playful pin boards, funky stationery holders and pretty cushions for the chair.
Turn your attention to the walls next. They’re probably decorated with movie posters, posters of childhood idols, or a combination of both. If your daughter’s not ready to part with these just yet, mount them on blocks to mature the look a smidgeon. For girls who have moved on from movie and idols posters, purchase beautiful pieces of art that won’t break the bank.
Sticking with walls, you might want to consider a fresh coat of paint for your daughter’s bedroom. Especially if the colour of choice right now is pink! Pastels work exceptionally well. They’re light, bright, and can easily be teamed with one other accent colour.
Last, but not least, is the bed and bedding on it. It might not be time for a double bed just yet, but it sure is time to move on from a bunk bed if that’s being used. No teenage girl wants to sleep in a bed reserved for kids. And they don’t want to sleep under childish duvets either. Think duvets scattered with rainbows, flowers, hearts and cartoon characters. Take your daughter to the mall and shop for bedding with simple designs, elegant lines and muted colours instead.
There you have it – ideas for every budget. Hopefully they’ve helped a lot. Do you have other ideas? Let us know.
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