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A Hot Room for a Cool Teen

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Benjamin Moore paint colours: split pea (2146-30), white down (CC-50), cloud white (CC-40), willow (CC-542)

Design: Johanne Morency, Photo: Michel Julien

Sharon Grech helps you and your teen come up with a great bedroom design.

Helping your teens design their space can be a real challenge. Teenagers are beginning to explore their assertive skills and independence and view their room as their own personal retreat. Although they feel the need to express themselves loud and clear, their tastes are often short-lived.

So, here are a few simple tips and project ideas to make the process manageable—and even fun!

The goal is simple: create an affordable space that will be as versatile as your teen's tastes. Paint colour planning is the simplest way to transform a teenage room into a room that will be suited for a young adult.

  • Most teenagers lean towards strong, bold colours. As scary as it may seem, wall colour may be the perfect place to allow them to express this preference. If you choose relatively neutral bedding, curtains and furnishings, the painted accent colour can change as their tastes do, and these décor items can easily be reused. For an efficient makeover with maximum results, simply throw in a reversible duvet cover with a plain, more usable hue on one side.

  • The most well designed room can easily resemble a war zone when countless posters and images are plastered all over the walls. The key is to define a specific area to be used exclusively as a photo gallery. With a corkboard or a rectangle painted on a wall, you can reduce the look of clutter by grouping all posters into a single area.

  • Aim for functionality when purchasing furniture for this space. Once only used for sleeping, the teenage room has now become a lounging area, study room, home theatre, and even a shelter for their visiting clan. Maximizing storage and utilizing every square centimetre of space is therefore a must! Wherever possible, utilise closed storage containers to help minimize the clutter and avoid the inevitable arguments on tidiness.

  • Let your teenager get involved! Many teenagers dream of having black walls. Not to worry! You can simply blend in a touch of black with your colour scheme and use it as an accent colour. As for the daring one who already experimented with black and is ready for a change, just remember that it is now possible to paint over any dark wall using only two coats of Benjamin Moore Aura paint! I love it when technology meets design...

Happy decorating!  

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[Note: Colour representations can only approximate the actual colour on painted surfaces due to monitor calibration. Visit your local Benjamin Moore store for exact colour samples.]

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