Somewhere between “little girl” and “teenager” girls begin to develop an increasing interest in their bedroom’s décor. With strong opinions about fun and fashion, most exercise a significant influence when it comes to decorating their rooms.
Rejecting the pastels palettes of their early years, pre-teen girls opt for a stronger color scheme and a display area for those stuffed animals they are not quite ready to give up. Around-the-room shelves, installed at a height just above the head, provide valuable space for those rarely used items that are so precious to a young girl. Painted in the same color scheme as the other wood trim, the shelves will become an attractive “framing” element to the room.
When selecting the color scheme for the room, a good rule of thumb is to begin with the rug and the fabrics for the bedding and windows. Since there are infinite shades of paint but only a few ideal fabrics, don’t make the popular mistake of selecting the wall paint first. You will save yourself a lot of leg work by selecting the wall paint after all the fabrics have been determined. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, colors and textures. Your decorator will assist you with the often overwhelming task of establishing the dominant fabric, and suggest several colors and textures to accent the predominant hues.
Just as little kids love the cozy, cocooning effect of playhouses, tents and forts, pre-teen girls love the intimate sleep areas created by tall headboards, mock canopies and screens. These can be elaborate and frilly, or tailored to a young girl’s taste. Keeping in mind that teen fads are fleeting things, achieve your thematic decorating through easily replaced accessories such as pillows, lamp shades and art.
When selecting furniture for the pre-teen’s room, a style that will grow with her is always the best choice. Think versatile, quality and non-trendy for this most expensive component of the project. Trendy furniture can be limiting, so avoid using something too cutesy that will limit your pre-teen’s fickle taste. You don’t want your decorating to become an annual event! With careful planning, your teen’s newly decorated bedroom will delight her until she gets ready for the next big challenge in your lives: college!